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Religious Influence and Value Assumptions on Stem Cell Research

Explain how ones religious affiliation may influence his or her value assumptions. Do any of these facts tell how ones value assumptions may have been forged? What do they indicate? How do they affect his/her position on the issue on stem cell research? What kinds of generalizations can you make about the extent to which certain factors are relevant or not?

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(a) Explain how ones religious affiliation may influence his or her value assumptions.

Based on one source, the controversy in the USA over government funding for embryonic stem cell research reflects the opinion of various institutional worldviews (Nisbett, 2005). For instance, according to Nisbett, in the realm of religious institutions views of morality are pitted against the technological views of advance in the scientific and industrial communities. A central assumption of the scientific community is that the public do not understand stem cell research, and as Nisbett points out, it is the prime reason why they don't support the research initiatives. However, another assumption is that with more understanding the public will make proper judgments regarding the issue of stem cell research. The logic from the scientific community is based on "exceptionalism" in that it is free from direct regulations and political control. Scientists use this argument to suggest that stem cell research is deemed vital to the success of the biomedical industry and the economic competitiveness of the U. S.

On the other hand, individual religions are a dominant source of worldviews that are in opposition to stem cell research and/or advances. However, Nisbett I2005) asserts that there exists a need to produce legitimate religious arguments toward the debate. In other words based on Nisbett's view, in the U. S. a religious individual's worldview should not be used just for competing with other religions (92).t Thus, religious opposition to stem cell research should be based on a world view that explains why religious institutions such as Catholic and evangelical communities have been the most opposed to the issue of stem cell research. From a traditional Christian ...

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This soluiton discusses stem cell research as the issue relates to one' religious affiliations. It explores how one' value assumption os infliemced by his or her religious affiliation.