Translation exercise.June 14, 2008 — Deacon Duncan
Here’s a chance for you budding linguists to practice your translation skills. Translate this press release into honest plainspoken English. Your multiple choice answers are below the fold. Ready?
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops issued a document Friday warning against what they consider the moral dangers of embryonic stem cell research, saying it treats human beings as commodities and reduces procreation to a manufacturing process.
With elections looming this fall, the bishops said they are not asking Catholics or the public to choose between science and religion. Instead, they are urging people to examine how society should conduct medical research.
When the bishops say they are “not asking Catholics or the public to choose between religion and science,” what does that really mean?
A. Religion and science are non-overlapping magesteria: what happens in one is of no concern to the other.
B. Religion and science are the same thing.
C. People should choose both religion and science, provided that religion has the authority to decide what questions science will ask and what answers it will find.
D. Science and religion must both be free to pursue their own lines of inquiry without interference from the other.
E. Other (describe in comments section)