Humans are unique in their ability to reflect on themselves. Recently a number of scholars have pointed out that human self-conceptions have a history. Ideas of human nature in the West have always been shaped by the interplay of philosophy, theology, science, and technology. The fast pace of developments in the latter two spheres (neuroscience, genetics, artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering) call for fresh reflections on what it means, now, to be human, and for theological and ethical judgments on how we might shape our own destiny in the future. The leading scholars in this book offer fresh contributions to the lively quest for an account of ourselves that does justice to current developments in theology, science, technology, and philosophy.
'This is a serious and stimulating collection asking what it is to have a religious understanding of what it is to be a human in the light of modern science. I am sure that it will be of help to students and scholars alike, and will rightfully take its place on the front shelves of discussions of the relationship between science and religion.' Michael Ruse, Florida State University, USA '…anthology of profound reflections…Highly recommended. All academic, general, and professional readers.' Choice 'Taken together with recent developments in neuroscience, genetics, artificial intelligence and biomedical engineering it becomes clear that the question of Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion is an urgent one. … [This] book is well written and a very interesting reflection upon human self-conceptions.' ESSSAT News
Science and religion have often been thought to be at loggerheads but much contemporary work in this flourishing interdisciplinary field suggests this is far from the case. The Science and Religion Series presents exciting new work to advance interdisciplinary study, research and debate across key themes in science and religion. Contemporary issues in philosophy and theology are debated, as are prevailing cultural assumptions. The series enables leading international authors from a range of different disciplinary perspectives to apply the insights of the various sciences, theology, philosophy and history in order to look at the relations between the different disciplines and the connections that can be made between them. These accessible, stimulating new contributions to key topics across science and religion will appeal particularly to individual academics and researchers, graduates, postgraduates and upper-undergraduate students.