A study that looks at the impact the relationship between science and religion has on politics is underway, according to Dr. Myrna Perez Sheldon, assistant professor of Gender and American Religion at Ohio University and editor of Cosmologics, a magazine that is the project of the Science, Religion and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School.
Sheldon won a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation to look at questions such as: Who should citizens trust to make decisions about their health and bodies? And, what uses of science and technology should be considered unethical by the state?
In an announcement about the project, Sheldon said that in modern times that both “scientific knowledge and religious institutions are involved in debates over contentious topics such as reproductive technologies, immigration policy, environmental protection and healthcare.”
The project, Critical Approaches to Science and Religion, will also sponsor a symposium and an edited work from scholars involved. Sheldon plans to also pilot a new curriculum at Ohio University related to the work.
A podcast conversation with Sheldon can be found at the magazine’s website.