Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Atom and Eve

Toumey, Chris

Journal Information:
Nature Nanotechnology
Vol. 3, Num. 1


In recent discussions of nanotechnology, article author Chris Toumey affirms, scholars have been asking questions concerning the connections between religion and nanotechnology. How do religious institutions and thinkers perceive nanotechnology, and the ethical questions which nanotechnology raises? There is currently very little scholarship concerning the religious dimensions of nanotechnology, Toumey notes, but what does exist can be divided into three primary categories. The first of these categories included articles published in religious periodicals, which seeks to introduce the technology and its potential moral and ethical problems to uninformed readers. The second category consists of "transhumanist" literature, which embraces nanotechnology as a tool for broadening human consciousness, and escaping the traditional limitations of the body and mortality. The third body of literature (the smallest of the three, Toumey notes) consists of articles coming from an explicitly Christian perspective, which tend to express grave concerns about nanotechnology's potential capacity to detach human beings from (they affirm) God-given biological limitations.