Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification

Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification

by Ronald Cole-Turner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262033739

ISBN-13: 9780262033732

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

We are approaching the day when advances in biotechnology will allow parents to "design" a baby with the traits they want. The continuing debate over the possibilities of genetic engineering has been spirited, but so far largely confined to the realms of bioethics and public policy. Design and Destiny approaches the question in religious terms, discussing human

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We are approaching the day when advances in biotechnology will allow parents to "design" a baby with the traits they want. The continuing debate over the possibilities of genetic engineering has been spirited, but so far largely confined to the realms of bioethics and public policy. Design and Destiny approaches the question in religious terms, discussing human germline modification
(the genetic modification of the embryonic cells that become the eggs or sperm of a developing organism) from the viewpoints of traditional Christian and Jewish teaching. The contributors, leading religious scholars and writers, call our attention not to technology but to humanity, reflecting upon the meaning and destiny of human life in a technological age. Many of these scholars argue that religious teaching can support human germline modification implemented for therapeutic reasons, although they offer certain moral conditions that must be met. The essays offer a surprising variety of opinions, including a discussion of Judaism's traditional presumption in favor of medicine, an argument that Catholic doctrine could accept germline modification if it is therapeutic for the embryo, an argument implying that "traditional" Christian teaching permits germline modification whether for therapy or enhancement, and a "classical"
Protestant view that germline modification should be categorically opposed.
ContributorsLisa Sowle Cahill, Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ronald Cole-Turner, Amy
Michelle DeBaets, Celia Deane-Drummond, Elliot Dorff, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.,
Thomas A. Shannon, James J. Walter Ronald Cole-Turner is H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author of The
New Genesis: Theology and the Genetic Revolution and the coauthor of Pastoral
Genetics: Theology and Care at the Beginning of Life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262033732
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Series:
Basic Bioethics
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Religion and the Question of Human Germline Modification   Ronald Cole-Turner     1
Judaism and Germline Modification   Elliot N. Dorff     29
The Roman Catholic Magisterium and Genetic Research: An Overview and Evaluation   Thomas A. Shannon     51
A Traditional Christian Reflection on Reengineering Human Nature   H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.     73
Germline Gene Modification and the Human Condition before God   Nigel M. de S. Cameron   Amy Michelle DeBaets     93
Human Germline Therapy: Proper Human Responsibility or Playing God?   James J. Walter     119
Germline Genetics, Human Nature, and Social Ethics   Lisa Sowle Cahill     145
Freedom, Conscience, and Virtue: Theological Perspectives on the Ethics of Inherited Genetic Modification   Celia Deane-Drummond     167
Religion, Genetics, and the Future   Ronald Cole-Turner     201
Suggestions for Further Reading     225
Contributors     229
Index     231

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