Conference

Are Humans Changing Human Nature; If So, Should They?

The relationship between science and religion is one of the most important issues facing humanity today, given the rapid new scientific discoveries and technological innovations that include stem-cell research, genetic engineering, genomic mapping, nanotechnology, and robotics. It is commonly believed that these developments pit secularists and religionists against each other. A faculty seminar conducted at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict has devoted this past academic year to exploring new ways to go beyond the mistaken perception that science and religion are necessarily in conflict. The seminar has considered philosophical, theological, ethical, and legal questions that face us today as we wrestle with the meaning of new advances, especially in the life sciences. The public is invited to join the seminar participants for a symposium on the question “Are Humans Changing Human Nature; If So, Should They?” The question will be addressed by panel of leading scholars—a theologian, an ethicist, a historian of technology, and a political scientist—who will reflect on the unique challenges that face us today.

Ronald M. Green “Bioethics and Human Betterment: Have We Lost Our Ability to Dream?”
Philip Clayton "The Animal that Creates Itself: Anthropological Reflections on the Challenge of Technology"
Carl Mitcham “Thinking Beyond the Human"
Larry Arnhart “The Bible and Biotechnology”