CFP: Religion and Biotechnology

I don’t normally make CFP announcements for projects I’m not involved in, but I’m making an exception for a mate of mine.


The continuous and constantly accelerated introduction of advanced new technologies allowing an unprecedented variety of novel applications is inundating our social and private life. One important species of these technological breakthroughs biotechnology, concerns a vital aspect of our scientific knowledge of the biological world and its inner laws. As such, it inevitably poses itself as a challenge to religion that may be seen as either a more pronounced version of the old antagonism between science and religious belief or rather as a radically new conflict. Biotechnology is quite different from purely scientific speculation for the sake of knowledge only as well as from mere invention of tools. It embodies a new type of merging science and technology that we may call ‘techno-science’, being a search for new theories that, simultaneously, carry within them the demand for their own application. At the same time, we are witnessing certain accommodating moves or outright rejections on the side of religion.

Papers are welcome for a special theme issue of The European Legacy that will seek to delineate, analyze and discuss the current stage of the relationship between religion and biotechnology and the impact of all sorts of human genetic engineering on traditional theological attitudes to life and the notion of the human person. The special issue is expected to present as many religious positions as possible and be representative in the range of themes and methodological approaches, encompassing discussions in epistemological, ethical, historical or socio-political terms.

To submit an article for this Special issue please contact the guest editor:
Dr. Byron Kaldis