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Nature's End: The Theological Meaning of the New Genetics
     

Nature's End: The Theological Meaning of the New Genetics

by Richard Sherlock
 

This idea that nature is the ultimate standard of our actions is fundamental to the Western moral tradition, found in writers as different as Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Darwin. But in an age of rapid changes brought on by biotechnologies such as stem-cell research, gene therapy, and mood-altering drugs, can human nature still serve as a basis for our moral

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This idea that nature is the ultimate standard of our actions is fundamental to the Western moral tradition, found in writers as different as Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Darwin. But in an age of rapid changes brought on by biotechnologies such as stem-cell research, gene therapy, and mood-altering drugs, can human nature still serve as a basis for our moral thinking?

Now that we can alter human nature, contends Richard Sherlock in this provocative new book, we must find a transnatural standpoint from which to make moral judgments-that is, a theological standpoint. In Nature's End, Sherlock argues that responses based on pragmatism or arguments from nature, including natural-law arguments, are not enough. "In a profound way," he writes, "theology trumps biology as it does philosophy and every other purely human study." Theology is now-as it once was-"the queen of the sciences."

Nature's End boldly reclaims an older view of the purpose of human studies and inventiveness-showing that nothing less will meet our deepest moral challenges or answer our most fundamental questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933859392
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Series:
Religion and Contemporary Culture Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Richard Sherlock is Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. He is the author of numerous chapters, articles, and book reviews in bioethics, biotechnology, philosophical theology, and religious history, among other fields. And he is the author or editor of five other books, including a major textbook, Ethical Issues in Biotechnology (coeditor), and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Mormonism (coeditor).

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