Science and religion lecturer Philip Hefner will present a lecture, “Religion, Technology, and New Images of Being Human,” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 South Main St., Geneva.
The lecture will examine science and technology, particularly the fields of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence, that are opening up new ideas of what it means to be human. Science influences the way we understand our origins and our place in the world, while technology has become a basic component of who we are and how we envision ourselves. Christian faith and theology can incorporate these new ideas, and also throw light on the questions they raise.
Philip Hefner has been active in the dialogue between religion and science in his teaching and writing, and as director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Since 1990 he has served as editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, one of the oldest scholarly journals in the field. His most recent book is The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, Religion (Fortress, 1993).