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One of the most important issues in Public Theology is the role of science. And one of the most important issues for all people in the world is the question of sustainability. The future of "creation" is literally at stake in the political decisions made by governments and the personal decisions made by familes and individuals.
Most of the concerns of the religious right, for example, have emerged because of its rejection of the results or implications of modern science not only for basic faith but also for ethics and morality. We believe that the religious right so focuses debate on the wrong issues that it has a disabling effect on the capacity of the larger community to adequately address the very real concerns involved in the relation between science and society.
Much political debate these days has to do with questions such as: What institutions should most properly fund and support what types and kinds of scientific research and technology: the academy, corporations, government? How should the benefits of science be distributed among what groups of people? Does science threaten Christian faith?
Science in the form of climate change studies has become apocalyptic in its implications for the future of the earth. Global population increases threaten to overcome the carrying capacity of the earth. There is no question that the life patterns of human beings in the advanced nations need to dramatically change. We are actually in a situation of having to rethink the fundamentals of what it means to be a human being and what it means to live a human life. Most people in their own life styles have not even begun to face the implications of all these matters.
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