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Contested ReproductionGenetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate$
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John H. Evans

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226222653

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226222707.001.0001

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Will Religious Discourse about Reproductive Genetic Technologies Limit Debate?

Will Religious Discourse about Reproductive Genetic Technologies Limit Debate?

(p.152) Chapter Seven Will Religious Discourse about Reproductive Genetic Technologies Limit Debate?
Contested Reproduction

John H. Evans

University of Chicago Press

Scholars have long been concerned that specifically religious discourse in the public sphere would have a particularly negative impact on willingness to deliberate. This concern is reflected in Hunter's culture wars theory, which is based on other long-standing intellectual traditions. The liberal theorists' solution is that people should use “public reason” in the public sphere—arguments that can be justified using discourse that everyone shares. A good portion of the public clearly believes in using religious discourse in the public sphere. Religious discourse is used by religious people to both legitimate their secular claims and to make themselves better understood, since they cannot create separate religious and secular selves. Examination of the interviews shows, first, that people want to talk with people from other religious traditions about reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs), as well as about the religious presuppositions behind their views about RGTs.

Keywords:   religious discourse, public sphere, reproductive genetic technologies, Hunter's culture, secular claims

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