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Ethics of technology and engineering


Without the experience of Christian ethics no humanitarian technical progress


Successful use of technology changed our life ra­dically in comparison with that of our ancestors. Besides many positive influences, this yields also negative phenomena, such as environmental pol­lution, high-tech weapons, catastrophic accidents and a number of difficult to correct undesirable developments.

It is possible to an ever-increasing extent to re­shape the nature for our own interests (e.g. by ge­netic engineering) and at the same time, we know less and less, what are really our interests, which technology and changes of nature are beneficial for us in the long run and which short-term gains and risks we should avoid by all means.

Christian standards of value such as the dignity of the individual person, the respect for life, justice, peace and protection of the creation become ever-more important as guidelines for a society largely oriented to achieving economical profit and re­lying on the gratification of instincts aimlessly. If Christian values are to continue to exist in the face of conflicts with new technology, we must recog­nize its consequences in time, and if necessary get involved by our guidance and cooperation. The continuation of our Christian aims cannot be guaranteed by stubbornly sticking to old norms but, above all, by developing future-oriented vi­sions to maintain Christian goals.
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