The Church of Scotland and science

Who says that the church and science don't mix?

Technology has brought many great benefits to society, which we often take for granted, but it can also pose big ethical dilemmas - not just unexpected risks and side-effects, but unintended social consequences and even changes in our moral outlook.

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Society Religion and Technology Project

The Society, Religion and Technology Project (SRT) was set up by the Church of Scotland in 1970 to examine some of these vital issues. It aims to bring professional expertise to providing informed and penetrating comment for technologists, educators, media, the Church, and the public.

Find news reports and event information on the SRT website!

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The Internet: in whose image?

Technology has brought many great benefits to society, which we often take for granted, but it can also pose big ethical dilemmas...

The internet: in whose image? - read the Church and Society report to the General Assembly 2011 about responding to the ethical and moral challenges of the internet.

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Synthetic biology

What is synthetic biology all about? Dr Murdo Macdonald considers the ethical and theological questions raised by the development of 'artificial life': are scientists really 'playing God'?

Check out the article and discussion starters!

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Brain imaging

The SRT Project has been involved, along with scientists from various Scottish universities, in the development of a report about the new technology of brain imaging. While this technology has been developed for use in health settings, it is now also being used in other areas such as in courts.

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Human fertility and embryology

The Church of Scotland has been closely involved in debate over the issues of human fertilisation and embryology over many years. It strongly opposes the creation of human embryos or animal-human hybrid embryos for the purposes of research or therapy.

Check it out for more information and discussion starters!