Cryonics is a technology, not a religion. People of many different faiths choose cryonics. However when a person suffers from a serious illness, such as cancer, the quest for a cure becomes a central part of their life. Cryonics is equally important to people who choose it. Since religion is sometimes defined as “a sincere and meaningful belief” of importance in one’s life, it might be argued that cryonics fits this definition in times of need. For this reason, Alcor recommends that members sign a Religious Objection to Autopsy form to document their strong personal desire for cryopreservation.
While cryonics is not a religion, there is a small religion called Venturism for which cryonics is a central tenet. Most Alcor members are not Venturists, and Alcor does not endorse Venturism. Alcor is a purely technical organization, with no philosophical or religious agenda other than advocating the right to cryonics for people who choose it.