Human Origins and Stem Cell Research
This chapter looks at debates over human origins and stem cell research, in which conflict is claimed to occur. While few would say that religion and science are always in conflict, there is general agreement that on some issues, substantive conflict occurs between some versions of religion and science. The human origins debate is often cited as an example of epistemological conflict in which exclusive knowledge claims from some religious and scientific sources compete for support. Meanwhile, stem cell research debate is often cited as an example of moral conflict in which contested definitions of life, death, and personhood are incompatible with some religious beliefs. Whether epistemological or moral, such conflict is an especially likely candidate for preventing deliberative debate.
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