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Special Theme Issue: RELIGION AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE CHALLENGE

///Special Theme Issue: RELIGION AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE CHALLENGE

Special Theme Issue: RELIGION AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE CHALLENGE

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Theme Issue: RELIGION AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE CHALLENGE

The continuous and constantly accelerated introduction of advanced new

technologies allowing an unprecedented variety of radically novel

applications is inundating our social and private life. One important

species of these technological breakthroughs is biotechnology and

concerns a vital aspect of our scientific knowledge of the biological

world and its inner laws. As such, it inevitably poses itself as a

challenge to religion which may be seen as either a more pronounced

version of the old antagonism between science and religious belief or

rather as a radically new conflict. The most controversial area of

applied biotechnology concerns human germline modification and

enhancement beyond mere therapy, sometimes referred to as the “new

eugenics”, as well as human cloning.

Biotechnology is quite different from purely scientific speculation for

the sake of knowledge only as well as from mere invention of tools. It

embodies a new type of merging science and technology that we may

call “techno-science”, being a search for new theories that,

simultaneously, carry within them the demand for their own application

via advanced instruments. At the same time, we are witnessing certain

accommodating moves or outright rejections of certain aspects of

biotechnology on the side of religion.

Papers are welcome for a special theme issue of the /European Legacy/

that will seek to delineate, analyze and discuss the current stage of

the relationship between religion and biotechnology and the impact of

all sorts of human genetic engineering on traditional theological

attitudes to life and the notion of the human person. The special issue

is expected to present as many religious positions as possible and offer

a representative array of themes and methodological approaches,

encompassing discussions in epistemological, ethical, historical or

socio-political terms.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 31, 2010

To submit an article for this Special issue please contact:

Dr. Byron Kaldis

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

The Hellenic Open University

[email protected] mailto:bkald

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