- Are there some aspects of science that just aren’t compatible with Christianity?
- Was it superstitious nonsense to worry about the end of the world when the Mayan calendar came to an end, or are there aspects of what’s happening to the planet that Christians should be concerned about?
- Are some medical advances getting too close to ‘playing God’ – like three-parent embryos, or extreme forms of enhancement by surgery, drugs or robotic implants?
- If Christians should be organ donors, what’s wrong with ‘deemed consent’?
- Do we have the right to choose when and how we die, and end our lives deliberately if we want to?
All these and more are questions that the Science and Society Group has considered recently. Consisting mainly of trained scientists who now happen to be ordained, the Group has helped formulate the Church in Wales’ response to the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill, produced Briefing Papers on specific issues, represented the Church in Wales at a conference on Human Enhancement organised by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches, and is currently working towards a debate on ‘Assisted Dying’ at the April 2014 meeting of the Governing Body.
Leading members of the Group are:
Revd Dr Sarah Rogers
Revd Sue Rees
Revd Neil Hook
Mrs Jo Davies
Revd Carol Wardman. Now Bishops’ Adviser for Church and Society, Carol was previously Chief Executive of Age Concern Leeds, where she developed an interest in issues of ageing and related medical ethics (particularly ‘assisted dying’). As a complete non-scientist but (former) Star Trek fan, her role is to enjoy the debates enormously and ask silly questions (like “Is ‘mitochondria’ really a plural word?”).
It’s a group that has room to grow – so if you think this an area you would like to be involved with, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org