Sheldon Cooper and the Immortality and Eternal Life of Man

I was recently watching a re-run of the television show ‘Big Bang Theory’.  In this episode, Sheldon Cooper (the genius theoretical physicist who likely has something like Asperger Syndrome), regrets that he will likely die before sheldonscientists figure out how to transfer his consciousness into a robot so that he can live forever.

Sheldon, among other things, is something of an atheist who frequently ridicules his mother’s devout Christian faith.  And while he has legitimate questions about some aspects of her fundamentalist (likely Southern Baptist) beliefs, he seems oblivious to his own version of faith in man’s science.

His hope is not significantly different from the Christian hope of immortality and eternal life.  He acknowledges that there is something real yet mysterious about our conscious self.  He assumes that this consciousness is eternal in its ‘ nature.  And he hopes that if this consciousness can be transferred to a permanent body, then immortality will be his to enjoy.

This hope is not unlike the Christian hope in a resurrection, where our spirits can be transferred to a permanent body.  And while Sheldon has faith that someday mankind will figure out how to pull this feat off, his mother, and Christians everywhere, has faith that there already is something of a master scientist who already has it figured out.

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7 Responses to “Sheldon Cooper and the Immortality and Eternal Life of Man”


  1. 2 erichard111 September 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Right. There are many things about life that science does not fully understand. Like self-consciousness. To accept that self-consciousness came about in lifeforms through a process of godless natural selection cannot be proven. How can something be proved to have happened when it is not even known how it happens? And there are myriads of other examples. Accepting something based on convincing evidences is faith. So the faith in the theories of science for the creation of life is not more scientific than the faith in God as the Creator of life.

  2. 4 Jettboy September 18, 2016 at 11:18 am

    A fascinating observation. Once again this shows that atheists are just rebels against something they are fighting not to believe.

  3. 6 Joe November 12, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    How can we achieve immortality as humans. Since human souls are mortal according to article I read at JW.ORG

  4. 7 Eric Nielson November 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Not sure where you are coming from Joe. Mormon theology is clear the the human soul is immortal.


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