Molecular Biology and Religion

Martinez Hewlett

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Molecular Biology and Religion


This article introduces the background, assumptions, and kinds of descriptive models used in molecular biology. It aims to provide a way to navigate through the jargon-spiked waters of this field and examine how and where these places of overlap between this field and religion exist, as well as where the controversies lie. Molecular biology as a discipline has had a short and tumultuous history. It has risen to become the pre-eminent paradigm of the life sciences and, from that position, has dominated the research agenda of the last half of the twentieth century in disciplines far removed from the pure study of genes. With the massive complexity issues that arise from the ultimate reductionist project, the Human Genome Project, molecular biology has been offered a chance for humility and introspection.

Keywords: molecular biology; genetic information; life sciences; Human Genome Project; genetics

Article.  6770 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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