Sacred Cells?: Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research

Sacred Cells?: Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research

by Gaymon Bennett, Karen Lebacqz, Ted Peters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742562883

ISBN-13: 9780742562882

Pub. Date: 05/29/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Unknown to most outside observers, from the earliest days of embryonic stem cell research through today's latest developments, Christian theologians have been actively involved with leading laboratory research scientists to determine the ethical implications of stem cell research. And contrary to popular expectation, these Christians have been courageously

Overview

Unknown to most outside observers, from the earliest days of embryonic stem cell research through today's latest developments, Christian theologians have been actively involved with leading laboratory research scientists to determine the ethical implications of stem cell research. And contrary to popular expectation, these Christians have been courageously advocating in favor of research. Three of these dynamic theologians tell their story in Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research.

Sacred Cells? takes readers through the twists and turns of stem cell development, providing a brief history of the science and an overview of the competing ethical frameworks people use in approaching the heated debate. Each new scientific advance, from the cloning of Dolly the sheep to the use of engineered cells in humans, had to be carefully considered before proceeding. Rejecting the widely held belief that the ethics of stem cell research turn on the moral status of the embryo, the authors carefully weigh a diversity of ethical problems. Ultimately, they embrace stem cell research and the prospect of increased health and well being it offers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742562882
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 The Ethical Prehistory of Stem Cells 1

Chapter 2 From Science to Ethics in a Flash 13

Chapter 3 Working within the Research Standards Framework 31

Chapter 4 Three Contending Frameworks for Stem Cell Ethics 39

Chapter 5 The Embryo Protection Framework 47

Chapter 6 The Human Protection Framework 61

Chapter 7 The Future Wholeness Framework 71

Chapter 8 Ethical Smoke and Mirrors in Washington 85

Chapter 9 The Hidden Theology behind the International Debates 95

Chapter 10 The Vatican's Strong Stand 111

Chapter 11 The Vatican and Embryology 119

Chapter 12 The Vatican Argument in a Cracked Nutshell 141

Chapter 13 Leon Kass, Protector of Human Nature 153

Chapter 14 Jewish and Muslim Bioethics 171

Chapter 15 The Terror of the Chimera 185

Chapter 16 Justice and the Patenting Controversy 197

Chapter 17 The Spiritual Soul and Human Dignity 207

Chapter 18 The Ethics of the Ethicists 221

Chapter 19 Theologians Say "Yes" to Regenerative Medicine 233

Index 243

About the Authors 257

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