M. Byers (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1973) has served the Catholic Church
in the areas of missions, evangelization, religion and science, and ministry
with handicapped people for over twenty years.
He was at the Research Center of the Glenmary Home Missioners from
1973-78, before moving to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) in
respect to science and religion, Dr. Byers serves as Executive Director of the
bishops* Committee on Science and Human Values, which conducts regular dialogues
with members of the U.S. scientific community. The committee has produced a
series of popular-level pamphlets, including Science and the Catholic Church.
Dr. Byers is a member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Committee to
the Program of Dialogue of Science, Ethics and Religion of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Byers Religion, Science, and the Search for Wisdom appeared in
1987. He has also contributed many book chapters and articles on
religion/science dialogue or topics in religion and science. Recent publications
and Science: The Emerging Dialogue, America, April 1996; An
Absence of Love in Human Cloning: Religious Responses
(Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997); and All on the Same Side: Reflections on
Dialogue between Science and Religion in Perspectives
on Genetic Patenting: Religion, Science and Industry in Dialogue
(AAAS, 1999). A revised version of the last-named article will appear in an
upcoming issue of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.
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