As medicine and science converge to reveal the artistic, human, need to argue faith over facts, a tussle has broken out between the faithful and the scientific and medical communities. It seems, the argument goes, that nanotechnology — because it is so tiny and creative — is Godless, and that is unacceptable to those that believe in a Creator.
In a report published Dec. 7 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, survey results from the United States and Europe reveal a sharp contrast in the perception that nanotechnology is morally acceptable. Those views, according to the report, correlate directly with aggregate levels of religious views in each country surveyed.
In the United States and a few European countries where religion plays a larger role in everyday life, notably Italy, Austria and Ireland, nanotechnology and its potential to alter living organisms or even inspire synthetic life is perceived as less morally acceptable. In more secular European societies, such as those in France and Germany, individuals are much less likely to view nanotechnology through the prism of religion and find it ethically suspect.
Does nanotechnology really challenge the idea of a single God and One Creator?
If we are able to regenerate our own stem cells to heal us, does that make us Godless or more Godlike?