Technology, Trust, and Religion
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Technology, Trust, and Religion

By Willem B. Drees
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What does it mean to be human in a world of technology? What could be the role of religion in responding to the ecological crisis? Should we be concerned about the modification of food, and even of ourselves? Who do we trust to make decisions regarding our common future? What do we use our technology for? These are not questions for experts only. How can the wider public be involved? Do experts and the general public trust each other sufficiently? Or is the public ignorant, in the eyes of the scientists? And are too many engineers narrow minded, according to the general public? The contributors to this timely and necessary volume address expertise, trust and engagement, as we consider our technological condition , religious resources for the ecological crisis , biotechnology , and matters of trust between scientists and the general public. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, including James Miller from Queen's University, Canada and Tony Watling from the University College, London, this book will captivate a range of readers interested in the spirtitual dimension of of our culture and society.

Wat is de invloed van technologie op de menselijke cultuur? Welke rol kan religie spelen als reactie op de dreigende ecologische crisis? Moeten we ons zorgen maken over de modificatie van voedsel, en ook zelfs van de mens? Waar willen we technologische ontwikkelingen voor inzetten een aan wie vertrouwen wij beslissingen over onze toekomst toe? Dergelijke vragen gaan niet alleen de experts maar iedereen aan. Hoe kan het grote publiek deelnemen aan het technologische debat? Of is het publiek te onwetend om mee kunnen praten? In Technology, Trust and Religion gaan zestien wetenschappers op dit onderwerp in en worden deskundigheid, vertrouwen en betrokkenheid tegen het licht gehouden.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Technology, Trust, and Religion
  • Part One: OUR TECHNOLOGICAL HUMAN CONDITION
    • 1 The Religious Roots of Our Technological Condition
    • 2 Technology and What It Means to Be Human
    • 3 Technophilia: Internet as a Vessel of Contemporary Religiosity
  • Part Two: RELIGIOUS RESOURCES FOR THEECOLOGICAL CRISIS
    • 4 Re-Imagining the Human-Environment Relationship via Religious Traditions and New Scientifi c Cosmologies
    • 5 Religion, Nature, and Modernization in China
    • 6 In Search of an Adequate Christian Anthropology
    • 7 Seeking the Depth of Nature in a Scientifi c World
  • Part Three: MORALITY AND THE MODIFICATION OFLIFE
    • 8 The Value Lab: Deliberating Animal Values in the Animal Biotechology Debate
    • 9 ‘Not by Bread Alone’ – Religion in the Dutch Public Debate on GM Food
    • 10 Substantial Life Extension and Meanings of Life
    • 11 Enhancement Technologies: An Opportunity to Care?
  • Part Four: A MATTER OF ARGUMENT OR OF TRUST?
    • 12 Religious Arguments in Political Decision Making
    • 13 The Knowledge Defi cit and Beyond: Sources of Controversy in Public Debates
    • 14 Public Trust and Nutrigenomics
    • 15 Deep Pluralism: Interfaith Alliances for Progressive Politics
  • Index
  • Contributors
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