"It is impossible to use electrical light and the wireless and to avail ourselves of modern medical and surgical discoveries, and at the same time to believe in the New Testament world of spirits and miracles." - Rudolf Bultmann, 20th Century Theologian
Needless to say, such a statement on the part of a theologian has invoked numerous responses --ranging from outrage to ovation-- since it was first written by Bultmann in the early 20th century. Regardless of one's opinion, it is easy to see that it highlights the task of modern theologians and ethicists: finding a union between faith and reason. This discussion comes to a head most clearly when discussing the scientific dilemmas of today: cloning, stem cell research, artificial intelligence, climate change, euthanasia, et al. The further our scientific advances and understanding goes, the louder the call for theologians and ethicists to reconcile our beliefs and heritage to help create a world where faith and reason are mutually beneficial to one another in the life of the believer.