By Lisa L. Stenmark

Despite the expanding approval for “religion and technology” as an instructional discourse, the intersection of technology and faith continues to be a entrance line in an ongoing “culture war.” the explanations for this lie in an method of discourse that heavily resembles the version of discourse promoted by way of John Rawls, during which plural discourse —such as among faith and technological know-how— is predicated on a origin of shared ideals and verified proof. This ends up in a “doctrines and discoveries” method of the connection of faith and technological know-how, which makes a speciality of their respective fact claims in an try and locate parts of contract. This framework inherently privileges clinical views, which truly raises clash among faith and technological know-how, and undermines public discourse through placing absolutes into it. To the level that the technology and faith discourse adopts this process, it inadvertently raises the clash among faith and technological know-how and boundaries our skill to deal with issues of public concern.

This publication indicates an alternate version for discourse, a disputational friendship, in keeping with the paintings of Hannah Arendt. This method acknowledges the function that gurus —and hence faith and technological know-how— play in public existence, yet undermines any try to privilege a specific authority, since it promotes the location of the storyteller, who by no means settles on a unmarried tale yet continuously seeks to include many specific tales into her account. A disputational friendship promotes storytelling now not via looking contract, yet by way of exploring components of war of words as a way to create the distance for extra conversations and to generate extra tales and extra interpretations. winning discourse among faith and technological know-how isn't measured by way of its skill to figure out “truth” or “fact,” yet by means of its skill to continually extend the discourse and advertise public lifestyles and public judgment.

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