Religious engagement and moral discourse
Wednesday 27 July 2011, 9:00am - 10:20am


Over the past decade controversies involving the new human biotechnologies have reflexively been portrayed in the media and elsewhere as fundamentally grounded in a "conflict between religion and science."  Partly as a result, some secular people have become reluctant to consider powerful emerging technologies in explicitly moral terms.

The inadequacy of nuanced moral engagement with these technologies, whether or not based in religious tradition, constitutes an impediment to building the sorts of collaborations and coalitions that will be needed if meaningful policies and practices are to be realized.

The session was structured as a colloquy and strategy discussion of the state of moral and religious engagement with new human biotechnologies and other emerging technologies; agreements and differences among religions domestically and globally; ways to bridge or navigate around real and imaginary secular/religious divides; ways in which religious and moral discourse can be brought into the public square in a manner that fosters rather than impedes collaborative efforts, and more. 

 At this year's sesion we heard from participants who had:

  • participated in interfaith explorations of attitudes towards genetic technologies;
  • conducted surveys of attitudes among religious communities regarding genetic technologies;
  • developed curricula to assist religious congregations in understanding the implications of new genetic technologies;
  • took lead roles in bringing the views of religious communities to the fore in national debates around such issues as gene patenting.   . .


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