Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion

Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion

Hardback Ashgate Science and Religion Series

Edited by Nancey Murphy, Edited by Christopher C. Knight


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 24mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409410501
  • ISBN 13: 9781409410508
  • Illustrations note: includes 2 figures in chapter 3
  • Sales rank: 975,673

Product description

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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Author information

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

Table of 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 Emergence of the Distinctively Human: reduction 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.