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Encyclopedia > Society, Religion and Technology Project

The Society, Religion and Technology Project - or SRT Project for short - was begun by the Church of Scotland in 1970 to address issues being raised by the impact of modern technology. The project remains run by the Church of Scotland, but now on an ecumenical basis with the active support of Action of Churches Together in Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Reformed Church and the United Free Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland (C of S, also known informally as The Kirk; until the 17th century officially the Kirk of Scotland) is the Christian national church of Scotland. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) is an ecumenical grouping of churches and associated organisations founded in 1990. ... The Scottish Episcopal Church (or Episcopal Church of Scotland) is a member of the Anglican Communion in Scotland, formed in the 17th century after the national church, the Church of Scotland, adopted presbyterian government and reformed theology. ... Logo of The United Reformed Church The United Reformed Church (URC) is a Christian denomination (church) in the United Kingdom. ... The United Free Church of Scotland was formed in 1900 by the unification of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church of Scotland (except for a dissident section who separated off and retained the name of Free Church). ...

The aim was (and is) to ensure that the Church should be well-informed, and to stimulate a balanced debate in public and amongst those working in technological research itself. With the insight of a Christian ethical stance and seeking to be an independent voice free from vested financial or commercial interests, it has published many reports and publications.

The Director of the SRT Project is Dr Donald Bruce. Throughout its existence it has been led by a series of professional directors with a proven record in a field of science, technology or sociology.

The vision of the SRT Project is:

  • To foster an informed understanding in society of the issues which confront it as a result of current and future technologies, and to inform the churches of key developments;
  • To provide opportunities for technologists to reflect on the ethical implications of their work;
  • To respond with considered judgement to Government bodies on technological issues;
  • To contribute actively to European and international debates on these issues.

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