The Intersection of Science and Faith

The question “Where did we come from?” is at the core of both religious and scientific thought. In the popular imagination, religion and science are engaged in a cultural battle over the question. To help clarify the understandings and misunderstandings over where religion and science overlap, Susan Fisher (Department of Entomology) has partnered with COSI, WOSU, and Christopher Andersen (College of Arts and Sciences STEM Initiatives) to produce an annual discussion of faith-based and scientific views of evolution. Funded by a multiyear grant from the John Templeton Foundation, this project brings together international figures to discuss aspects of the intersection of faith and evolution before a live audience at the WOSU@COSI studios. The program is taped for broadcast on WOSU television.

Changing the Genome: For Better or Worse

Manipulation of the human genome has the potential to radically change what it means to be human. We can all agree that the potential for gene therapy to fix life-threatening disease is a good thing. But, what about altering our unborn children so that they have characteristics not found in their DNA?  Further, a host of other issues arise, such as: who owns your genome?  Who should have access to therapies that may not be covered by insurance?  And, do you really want to know what is in your genome? How far down this road should we go and who should decide what is right or wrong?

On April 17, 2014, the moral, ethical, and religious implications of gene therapy were explored in a discussion of science, ethics, and religion moderated by former WOSU Open Line host Fred Anderle before a live audience at the WOSU@COSI studios.

The panel included:

Ellen Deason (Mortiz College of Law)
Donald Hubin (Department of Philosophy)
Britton Rink (College of Medicine and Nationwide Children's Hospital)

This year's panel discussion was supported by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

More to Read and View:
Church's Lectures Link Evolution, Creation (Columbus Dispatch 2/10/12)
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (PBS/NOVA)
Beyond the Atheism-Religion Divide
 (NPR/On Being)

Series Sponsors:
Department of Entomology
COSI Columbus
WOSU Public Media
College of Arts and Sciences STEM Initiatives
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation


COSI Columbus
WOSU Public Media