Religion's impact on professionals

World is becoming more diverse and the role of religion in public life has grown. Professionals today need a broad understanding of religion to serve effectively the people.

Some questions professionals may face related to religion include:

Doctor : How does religion affect a patient's understanding of healing and attitudes toward treatment? For example some religions don't permit blood tests.

Journalist : How can he/she report on faith and values with accuracy and balance? How does their own faith impact what they write?

Social workers : Religion affects how people raise their children and the values they pass on, yet sometimes a religion can clash with cultural expectations and behaviors. How do social workers handle conflicts of values with those they serve?

Scientists and engineers : Are they equipped to consider the human consequences of new technologies? (Biotechnology).

Lawyers : What do they do when civil law and a client's sense of religious law clash?