By Peter Koslowski (auth.), Peter Koslowski (eds.)
Technology and the keep watch over of nature have arisen from the recreation to minimize the neediness of human existence. considering the fact that this aid is usually the objective of religions, there's a helpful proximity among faith and expertise. the connection of people to nature and know-how is an item of non secular doctrine and ethics in all the world's religions. The interpretations and the norms of the therapy of nature in economic system and know-how, but in addition the veneration of nature in nature-mysticism and its elevation in cult and sacrament, are different types of expression of the connection to nature in religions. the improvement of the fashionable keep an eye on of nature via expertise seems to be hooked up to the biblical fee to rule over nature. Buddhism and Hinduism, despite the fact that, additionally interpret expertise and human regulate of nature.
Technological energy increases the query of ways the normativeness of the created order meant by way of religion's idea of production pertains to the human freedom to reshape construction. What solutions do religions supply to the query of the humane kind of know-how and the boundaries to technological strength and human keep watch over of nature?
Leading students of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism have created with this quantity a first-hand resource of knowledge which allows the reader to realize a greater realizing of those 5 international religions and their teachings on nature and technology.
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In front of us lies a whole world in which we concentrate on this or that object. 21 Our understanding of the world is made more precise and more 17 See F. Stier, Viel/eicht ist irgendwo Tag: Aufzeichnungen (Freiburg/Heidelberg: Kerle, 1981 ), pp. " and "Hort ihr das Reden der Dinge? Versteht ihr die Sprache der Dinge? Hort ihr? ihnen der Natur, p. 97). 18 R. Panikkar, Worship and Secular Man (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973), p. 52. 19 In the Western-Christian tradition, the world is understood as God's workplace.
The realm of the Spirit cannot be articulated, but it makes articulation possible. It cannot be analyzed, but it makes analysis possible. It cannot be conceived, but it makes concepts possible. " 24 See H. Kessler, "Gott, der kosmische ProzeB und die Freiheit," in Gott, der Kosmos und die Freiheit: Biologie, Philosophie und Theologie im Gespriich, pp. 196 ff. 25 R. Panikkar, Ruckkehr zum Mythos (Frankfurt/M: Insel, 1985), pp. 10-11, writes similarly: "Man kann nicht direkt in die Quelle des Lichtes blicken, man wendet ihr den Riicken zu, urn zu sehen - nicht das Licht, sondern diese beleuchteten Dinge.
What we need, therefore, is a more holistic understanding of religion and technology. 2. RELIGION AND TECHNOLOGY There is, both in religion and technology, an incorrect understanding of reality. Today both of them appear to be one-sided. Can today's religion reach salvation without technology? And is not technology without religion in danger of turning out to be ever more inhuman? Religion is the search for meaning, for holistic and definitive meaning. iBt keine Interpretation zu, wei! er keiner Vermittlung bedarf.