Study: Christians Are Freaking Out Over Technology That Doesnâ€™t Exist
Pew Research Center released a survey on how religious Americans view medical technology designed to “enhance” human abilities and found that “they are far more cautious about the morality and effects of these advances.”
This inquiry addressed technological advancements that do not exist yet, and regardless of that, Americans with strong religious views were wary of how these technologies could help humans and society.
When it comes to a biologically augmented future for humanity. Americans are apprehensive in terms of gene-editing, implantable computer chips, and synthetic blood transfusions.
According to the survey , 68% of Americans are skeptical of gene-editing, and 69 to 63 percent share the same fears about bio-chips and synthetic blood.
In the case of preventing diseases in utero, Americans were against it by 50 percent.
Seventy-three percent believed that bio-chips implanted in humans would create social inequality because that technology would only be available to the wealthy. Shockingly more than a third of those questioned believe that these technologies would be available to the public before they were fully tested or understood.
Keeping with this theme, a large majority of participants said these technologies would be available within the next 50 years, and that meant there was a moral discord because they meddle with nature.
The key to skepticism of technology stems from “religiosity”. Those questioned who identified as Christian (making up 6 out of 10 people) were “less likely they were to accept these prospective enhancements. Non-religious people “believe each of these enhancements would be no different from other ways humans are trying to better themselves.”
While science and religion remain oppositional to each other, there is a group of Christians who are trying to mingle facts with feelings.
Last year researchers from the University of Evansville (UE) and the University of Wyoming (UW) have published a study that claims a new group of “believers” have sprung up that are being called “Post-Seculars” and described as being “well-informed about science but are also very religious”.
Interestingly, this group were prone to break with science when their faith clashed with scientific evidence.
Timothy O’Brien, assistant professor for UE and co-author of the study said: “Post-Seculars are smart. They know what scientists think. They just don’t agree on some key issues, and that has impact on their political views. [They] tend much more to say they were strongly religious. They also side with the religious when it comes to issues with strong contention between religion and science.”
Researchers said that Post-Seculars “select among science and religion views to form their own personally compelling way of understanding the world.”
Post-Secularism is a term coined by Jürgen Habermas which identifies the “idea of modernity is perceived as failing and, at times, morally unsuccessful, so that, rather than a stratification or separation, a new peaceful dialogue and tolerant coexistence between the spheres of faith and reason must be sought in order to learn mutually.”
However, it is the emergence of Post-Secularism as a spinoff from post-Westernism that can be categorized by:
• Private religious and ecclesiastic organizations becoming more involved in public activism
• The rise of the fundamentalist Right Wing
• The use of specific scriptural verses to influence “public affairs”
While these 2 phenomenon appear “to be taking place at the same time”, they are distinct and actually facilitate more diversity of believe while simultaneously proving to be a defining aspect of decision-making.