Human Cloning

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Is human cloning equal to playing God? Is the technology--despite being scientifically exciting--a moral option in our world? In this volume, Ronald Cole-Turner gathers twelve nontechnical and highly accessible essays that explore this controversial subject.

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Overview

Is human cloning equal to playing God? Is the technology--despite being scientifically exciting--a moral option in our world? In this volume, Ronald Cole-Turner gathers twelve nontechnical and highly accessible essays that explore this controversial subject.

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A dozen Christian theologians tackle the question of human cloning and offer diverse views of whether cloning is "playing God" and whether it is something to be welcomed as a scientific advance or feared as a manipulation of creation. While all 12 agree this question needs to be discussed before human cloning becomes a reality, they offer a wide range of views. The contributors represent various Christian denominations. Most are present or former seminary professors; two are directors of church "think-tanks" (representing the Church of Scotland and Roman Catholicism). Two of the 12 are women: one says no to cloning; one sees it as a way to undercut male hegemony and solve the problem of same-sex couples who want a child who possesses the genes of at least one of them. Overall, the collection offers provocative views of an emerging moral issue. Highly recommended.Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664257712
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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Ronald Cole-Turner is H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion and the author of The New Genesis: Theology and the Genetic Revolution.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Preface
1 A View from Edinburgh 1
2 Cloning Shock: A Theological Reaction 12
3 Saying No to Human Cloning 25
4 Cloning and the Moral Imperative 35
5 A View from the Underside 43
6 Genes, Justice, and Clones 49
7 Cloning the Human Body 58
8 An Absence of Love 66
9 One Flesh? Cloning, Procreation, and the Family 78
10 The Brave New World of Cloning: A Christian Worldview Perspective 91
11 Between Eden and Babel 106
12 At the Beginning 119
App. I Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission 131
App. II Denominational Statements on Cloning 137
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