Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion (Ashgate Science and Religion Series)

Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion (Ashgate Science and Religion Series)

By: Dr. Christopher C. Knight (author), Nancey Murphy (editor), Professor Roger Trigg (series_editor), Professor Ted Peters (series_editor), Professor J. Wentzel Van Huyssteen (series_editor)Hardback

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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.

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Nancey Murphy is Professor of Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA; Christopher C. Knight is Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion based at Benet House, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, UK.


Contents: Preface; Introduction, Nancey Murphy; Part I The Limits of Religion, the Limits of Science: Homo religiosus: a theological proposal for a scientific and pluralistic age, Christopher C. Knight; Religious symbolism; engaging the limits of human identification, F. LeRon Shults; Fundamentalism in science, theology and the academy, George F.R. Ellis. Part II The Emergence of the Distinctively Human: reductionism and emergence: a critical perspective, Nancey Murphy; Nonreductive human uniqueness: immaterial, biological, or psychosocial?, Warren S. Brown; Human and artificial intelligence: a theological response, Noreen Herzfield; The emergence of morality, James W. Haag. Part III The Future of Human Identity: What does it mean to be human? Genetics and human identity, Martinez Hewlett; Distributed identity: human beings as walking, thinking ecologies in the microbial world, Wesley J. Wildman; Without a horse: on being human in an age of biotechnology, Noah Efron; From human to posthuman: theology and technology, Brent Waters; Can we enhance the imago dei?, Ted Peters; Index.

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  • publication date: 18/10/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781409410508
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781409410508
  • weight: 630
  • ISBN10: 1409410501

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