Category Archives: Science

Genetic editing: what the debate tells us about ourselves

Robin Gill’s article in last Friday’s Church Times summarises the ethical debate about genetic editing. This post looks at the presuppositions behind the different positions. Genetic editing is a new technique for altering DNA sequences in plants, animals and humans:

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Suspect science and godless knowledge

Richard Grant’s article Why scientists are losing the fight to communicate science to the public makes two good points about why people are often suspicious of scientists. I shall add a third, which to me is the important one. Grant … Continue reading

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Has evolution made us what we are?

When I told the taxi driver that I was a priest, there was a pause. Then he said ‘Oh. I believe in evolution.’ ‘So do I’, I replied. That was too much for him. ‘I can’t take that.’ The study … Continue reading

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The languages of evangelism

A few years ago in a local wine bar I found myself in unfamiliar company, sitting at a table next to a medium and opposite a committed member of the British Humanist Association. I had not met either before, but … Continue reading

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Evolution as a moral guide

Where do we get our morals from? Should we get them from evolution? Many sociobiologists believe our moral beliefs come from our genes making us maximise our fertile offspring.

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Selfish genes and the contradictions of sociobiology

Are all our moral beliefs misleading products of evolution? Do all our judgements of right and wrong really come from genes busy making us maximise our offspring? The idea has become part of the culture that tells us we are … Continue reading

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Good religion, good science

The recent Hay Festival included a debate between three scientists about religion. Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, argued that science is under attack and needs as many allies as it can get. ‘If we give the impression that science is … Continue reading

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