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France
French religious policy is based on the concept of laïcité, a strict separation of church and state under which public life is considered completely secular. France was...
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While German society has become increasingly secular, the country remains home to a thoroughly organized religious sector, with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches as...
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The United Kingdom is closely linked with the Church of England, which is established in England and has a small role in the UK government; the Presbyterian Church of...
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The United States is a secular democracy with a culture rooted in its majority Christian tradition. Religious dissidents from Europe, particularly Puritans from England,...

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Embryo Politics: Ethics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies

April 1, 2011
In Embryo Politics: Ethics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies, Thomas Banchoff provides a comprehensive overview of political struggles about embryo research during four decades in four countries - the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Teasing out the ways national histories and institutions shape debate about the religious, moral, legal, and practical implications of embryo, stem cell, and cloning research, Banchoff demonstrates how partisan debate and religious-secular polarization have overshadowed ethical reflection and political deliberation on the moral status of the embryo and the promise of biomedical research. He concludes that only a robust and public ethical debate can help us effectively and responsibly govern emerging life-sciences technologies.
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Thomas Banchoff is Vice President for Global Engagement at Georgetown University. He also serves as founding director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and as Professor in the Department of Government and the School of...