X-Message-Number: 16401
From: "John de Rivaz" <>
References: <>
Subject: Re: CI compared to Religion
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 15:14:59 +0100

> Message #16371
> Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 11:37:03 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Charles Platt <>
> > Whereas I can't agree with Charles Platt's comparison, I wonder whether
> > anyone has actually costed membership of a church - any church.
> While some require a fixed percentage of your income (a business model
> that cryonics organisations should try to copy, in my opinion), most
> require voluntary donations.

It is not just the money paid to the church (or a cryonics organisation)
that is relevant, it is the overall costs. With a conventional Church, these
cover the purchase of suitable clothing for worship, fuel in getting there,
financial value of time spent, cost of things such as church weddings
baptisms and funerals and so on. With cryonics, it is fees to lawyers
(attorneys,/solicitors, accountants, financial advisors, life insurance
advisors etc.) This is usually much more than money given as membership dues
to cryonics organisations.

I suspect any cryonics organisation requiring members to file statements of
assets or income and pay a percentage wouldn't get many members.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
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