Human Dignity in the Biotech Century: A Christian Vision for Public Policy

Overview

What will be the greatest moral challenge facing our society throughout this century?

Are we ready to face it?

Editors Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron, along with a panel of expert contributors, make the case in this book that the greatest watershed debates of the twenty-first century concerning ethics and public policy will surround the issue of biotechnology. In twelve essays they address several of the legal and ethical ...

See more details below
Paperback
$21.54
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$24.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $4.96   
  • New (3) from $19.24   
  • Used (7) from $4.96   
Sending request ...

Overview

What will be the greatest moral challenge facing our society throughout this century?

Are we ready to face it?

Editors Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron, along with a panel of expert contributors, make the case in this book that the greatest watershed debates of the twenty-first century concerning ethics and public policy will surround the issue of biotechnology. In twelve essays they address several of the legal and ethical challenges before us: embryo research, stem cell research, cloning, genetic engineering, gene therapy, pharmacogenomics, cybernetics, nanotechnology and, of course, abortion.

Contributors include
William L. Saunders, J. D., Family Research CouncilChristopher Hook, M.D., The Mayo ClinicHenk Jochemsen, Ph.D., Free University of AmsterdamDavid A. Prentice, Ph.D., Indiana State UniversityNathan A. Adams IV, Ph.D., J.D., Christian Legal SocietyDavid Stevens, M.D., Christian Medical AssociationPaige Comstock Cunningham, J. D., Americans United for LifeC. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity SchoolRichard Doerflinger, M.A., Secretariat for Pro-life, National Conference of Catholic BishopsWesley J. Smith, J.D., International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assistend Suicide

Leaders in their fields, these contributors point out the crucial role Christians can and should play in the public square. The well-informed and forward-looking perspectives they present will help us prepare for the challenges ahead.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This essay collection provides a worthwhile, if somewhat uneven, selection of conservative Christian thought about biotechnology and its ethical and legal implications. Colson and Cameron assemble a reliable team of contributors, weighted more towards organizational leaders and lobbyists than academics. In general, subtlety is not a strong point here. Colson characterizes therapeutic use of embryonic stem cells as "high-tech cannibalism," a practice that "will lead inevitably to the abolition of humankind and the ultimate end of Western civilization as we know it." Yet some other contributors (including Paige Comstock Cunningham, a former president of Americans United for Life) reach out to a wider audience, recognizing that on issues of cloning and genetic engineering, pro-life conservatives may find unexpected allies among pro-choice advocates and Greens, who share their suspicions of eugenics and biotech capitalism. Other highlights include David Prentice's calculations of the feasibility of "therapeutic" cloning for major diseases such as diabetes and Christopher Hook's discussion of "transhumanism," using cybernetics and nanotechnology to enhance human potential. Overall, the volume cannot quite deliver on the promise of its subtitle: there is not enough of a coherent theological framework here to constitute a Christian vision for public policy. But there are certainly some promising suggestions for Christian public advocacy. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830827831
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,043,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Colson, formerly special counsel to President Nixon, is founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship and the Wilberforce Forum. He also chairs the Council for Biotechnology Policy. Colson's Breakpoint daily radio commentaries are heard by more than one million listeners.

Cameron is research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law and president of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future. He founded the journal Ethics and Medicine in 1983, directs the Council for Biotechnology Policy (Washington, D.C., chaired by Charles W. Colson), and has represented the United States at the United Nations discussions on human cloning.

He is former provost and distinguished professor of theology and culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface - Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron
Introduction: Can We Prevent the "Abolition of Man"? C. S. Lewis's Challenge to the Twenty-first Century - Charles W. Colson
1. Christian Vision for the Biotech Century: Toward a Strategy - Nigel M. de S. Cameron
2. The Biotech Revolution: Major Issues in the Biosciences - David A. Prentice, Ph.D.
3. The New Genetics and the Dignity of Humankind - C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.
4. Techno Sapiens: Nanotechnology, Cybernetics, Transhumanism and the Remaking of Humankind - C. Christopher Hook, M.D.
5. Promise and Peril: Clinical Implications of the New Genetics - David Stevens, M.D.
6. The Human Embryo Debate - William L. Saunders, J.D.
7. Learning from Our Mistakes: The Pro-life Cause and the New Bioethics - Paige Comstock Cunningham, J. D.
8. An Unnatural Assault on Natural Law: Regulating Biotechnology Using a Just Research Theory - Nathan A. Adams IV, Ph.D., J.D.
9. Lessons from the Cloning Debate: The Need for a Secular Approach - Wesley J. Smith, J.D.
10. Biotech and Public Policy: The European Debate - Henk Jochemsen, Ph.D.
11. Confronting Technology at the Beginning of Life: A Morally Grounded Policy Agenda for th e United States - Richard Doerflinger, M.A.
Appendix: The Sanctity of Life in a Brave New World: A Manifesto on Biotechnology and Human Dignity
Contributors
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)