Human Nature Project: Religion, Medical Science, and Human Being
Boston Theological Institute
Newtown Centre, Massachusetts
The Human Nature Project is dedicated to the discussion of what it means to be human in light of advances in biological and medical science. This focused discussion of bioethics, whole-body healing, and the role of faith and spirituality in human being invites participation from the wide array of medical and research institutions in the greater Boston area as well as the general public. The three main components of the group’s work include: public meetings and plenary sessions, symposia, and student contests. Each plenary session is prefaced by the distribution of reading material to familiarize participants with the subject matter planned for discussion. Sessions are followed by the distribution of a summary of the proceedings to promote further discussion. Drawing on the expertise of individuals in the field symposia provide the opportunity for the general public to take part in the work of the group and to join as a member. SStudent contests give young scholars the opportunity to prepare original works and presentations as well as an additional occasion to present in open sessions. Some topics for consideration include violence as a medical health issue, artificial intelligence, and end of life issues. Matching funds are provided by the Boston Theological Institute, a non-profit consortium of nine theological schools in the Boston area.