Theology and Neuroethics - Prof. Neil Messer
The emerging field of neuroethics raises a number of questions for Christian theology and ethics. For example: what should Christians make of purported neurobiological explanations of religion and morality? Do the neurosciences require a re-appraisal of our notions of freewill and moral responsibility? How might we morally evaluate clinical interventions on the brain? In this lecture, Neil Messer will propose an approach to questions such as these, focusing in particular on the context of a Reformed Christian theological tradition.
NEIL MESSER gained a doctorate in Molecular Biology in Cambridge before studying Theology in Cambridge and at King's College London. He has taught in Oxford, Birmingham and Lampeter, and is currently Professor of Theology and Head of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Winchester. His research interests are concerned with the interactions between theology, ethics, the biosciences and health care. His publications include Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics: Theological and Ethical Reflections on Evolutionary Biology (SCM, 2007), Respecting Life: Theology and Bioethics (SCM, 2011), The Bible: Culture, Community and Society (ed. with Angus Paddison, Continuum, 2012) and Flourishing: Health, Disease and Bioethics in Theological Perspective (forthcoming, Eerdmans, 2013). He is a minister of the United Reformed Church.