As scientists move ever closer to synthesising DNA and creating complex cells and possibly more, does that kill god or create a new religion? What will life created be?
It will just be new life. The act in itself will not be forming a new religion. If someone comes along and creates a set of beliefs based off of creating artificial life, then you have a religion. Still, that is a separate act than the act of creating it itself.
Finding out what really causes lightning, earthquakes, floods, famine and disease did not kill God, so when the day comes that Scientists create living reproducing cells from chemicals won't either. Like always the Theists will just make up new interpretations that God in his wisdom guided mankind to be able to learn and do this. I expect we will soon find crude different life forms already existing in this solar system, or remnants of them. And we already know now how common water is in our solar system. We may even find crude life forms on planets around other stars too. Finding life like us is very unlikely. The Theists are always free to say Allah did it, or Yahweh did it, or Krishna did it, or just God did it. They need their dreams.
GOD is creating this new life and HE is using the hands of the scientists to do it. This is just as HE uses the hands of the scribes of the middle ages to make the BIBLE even more perfect than perfect!
If you capitalize something, that makes it TRUE!
for starters facts and science don't change the minds of the indoctrinated, or we would already be teaming with atheist in the population. as far as the religion thing, would it not be the life humans created. that need to start a religion worshiping us? it sounds like you have it backwards. or its the way you wrote it. as far as what life will it be? likely simple cells. complexed life takes time unless we develop artificial intelligence through technology.
Science gives us technology, neither of which is religion.
If it works, is repeatable, can be understood, requires no faith, and more can be learned about it then it is the opposite of religion.
Religion doesn't work, their claims of miracles aren't repeatable, their Gods can't be understood, their claims require faith, and they claim to already have all the answers, so religion is the opposite of science and technology.
Religion is about a belief (faith) in something that cannot be proven as factual using the scientific method. (How can we "kill god" when there isn't one to begin with?) Science, on the other hand, is about well-tested, provable facts. So, it only follows that if we create new life, it wouldn't become a new religion.
The biggest theological problem would probably be with regard to the Soul. Greek word psyche defines the soul as the breath of god being breathed into the human. A similar circumstance with Ruarch, the Hebrew word for the same (sort of!). This would probably kick off a marathon debate regarding when, if it all, is the soul introduced to the body.The doctrinal implications for Christianity would be immense. Is a synthesised human soul-less? Are they therefore less than human? If they are deemed to be without a soul are they to be considered able to be resurrected? If not, how are they to be accepted within doctrine. MAry Shelley with the help of husband Percy presented such a creature to the world. My feeling is, for Christianity at least, this creates a major theological conundrum to outdo the Arian Controversy that lasted for most of C400. All this is, of course, a theological debate with an outcome that should not concern us, other than the potential to create great harm for those who may be deemed to be without the touch of God, pariahs, Outsiders.