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.

Society Religion and Technology Project

Society Religion and Technology

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.

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'?

Report and Discussion Starters

The information below includes a short summary of the subject and questions to encourage discussion in small groups.

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.

Check out the full report of the SINAPSE group.

Read our letter to MSPs to support a motion to debate issues around brain imaging.

Discussion topic leaflet: Neurobiology, free will and moral responsibility.

Read the full report to the 2012 General Assembly.

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.

More information is available on the SRT website.

Discussion starters

Church's position on creation of hybrid embryos for research purposes.

More information is available on the SRT website..

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 - not just unexpected risks and side-effects, but unintended social consequences and even changes in our moral outlook.

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.

Check out the discussion starters for The Internet: In Whose Image?

Leader’s notes for a discussion on the place of the internet in our lives.

Be safe online.