Technology: Life and Death

Gayle Woloschak*

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This chapter discusses Orthodox Christian perspectives on technology in general and then, in particular, on biological technologies that impact choices of life and death. Technology in particular has led to increase interactions between religion and science, including the development and use of portable communication devices, computers, genetically modified crops, nanotechnology and other factors that might involve risk to the human population. As health care costs rise, we find in the United States that most of the costs of health care occurs during the final two weeks of a person’s life in efforts to delay death when it is known to be inevitable. Most medical applications from ancient times onward had the goal of extending human life and putting off death. It is difficult to discern when a technology to extend life can be useful and appropriate and when it is just postponing the death of the person.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScience and the Eastern Orthodox Church
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317059059
ISBN (Print)9781138278660
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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