Philip Hefner will describe how genetic engineering and artificial intelligence have influenced the understanding of human being and place in the world.
April 10, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Professor Philip Hefner will lecture on “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.
His lecture will show how science and technology—the cyborg, modern art, and the fields of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence—are opening up new ideas of what it means to be human. Science influences the way we understand our place in the world, while technology has become a basic component of who we are and how we envision ourselves. Religion can incorporate these new ideas, and also help to answer 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).
The lecture is sponsored through a grant from the Templeton Foundation, which supports the study of science and religion, and by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Trinity Episcopal Church, Zion Lutheran Church, and the Roman Catholic Community of Geneva.
Previous lecturers in this series include John Polkinghorne, winner of the 2002 Templeton Prize, Michael Behe, best-selling author of Darwin's Black Box, Anne Foerst, from MIT's robot lab and David Tracy, from the University of Chicago.
Discussion and refreshments will follow the lecture. The event is free and the public is invited.