Living long: Religious thinkers ponder the ethical, theological implications of delaying death

For millennia, religion has helped people cope with mortality, teaching that death is not something to fear but is a meaningful step in an eternal journey.

During that same time, advances in medicine, nutrition and sanitation have pushed average from 43 years in 1500 in Great Britain to 67 years in 2010 worldwide — and as many as 89 years in Monaco in 2013, according to the website news-medical.net.

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