Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church

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Recent developments in genetic technology promise to eradicate disease and disability.  Such promises pose challenging questions with regard to our understanding of what it is to be human.  Taking a Christian and theologically informed viewpoint, this book explores and challenges our concept of disability.  This book will seek to explore the question: does our current attitude toward the use of genetic technologies in contemporary practice risks a slide into social habits which are implicitly evil ...

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Overview

Recent developments in genetic technology promise to eradicate disease and disability.  Such promises pose challenging questions with regard to our understanding of what it is to be human.  Taking a Christian and theologically informed viewpoint, this book explores and challenges our concept of disability.  This book will seek to explore the question: does our current attitude toward the use of genetic technologies in contemporary practice risks a slide into social habits which are implicitly evil and destructive of the humanness of our society?

The central theological question that will be addressed by the book is: Is the image of humanness that underpins the implicit and explicit assumptions of new genetic technology compatible with Christian theological understandings of what it means to be human and to live humanly?
 
This book aims to explore these questions within a multidisciplinary context with a view to developing an informed practical theological perspective which can guide the theory and practice of the church as it engages with the world around the complex issues that are emerging in response to new genetic technology.

John Swinton, and Brian Brock have drawn together an international team of the top scholars from medicine, ethics and theology to produce a unique text which will lay out the complex problems genetic technology raises, and offer fresh understandings and solutions that are theoretically significant and practically vital.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780567045584
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Brian Brock is a Lecturer in Moral and Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction — John Swinton

Section 1: Disability and the New Genetics: Experiencing Disability

Chapter 1: "Disability and the Genetic Test: A Case Study in Contemporary Medicine and Society" - Brian and Stephanie Brock. BB

Chapter 2: "'What's Wrong With You?' Disability and Genes as Ethics -Christopher Newell

Chapter 3: "Life as Being in Relationship" -Martina Holder-Franz

Chapter 4: "Arguing about Genetics and Disability." -Tom Shakespeare.

Section 2: Eugenics and the New Genetics

Chapter 5: ""To Form a More Perfect Union: Mainline Protestantism and the Popularization of Eugenics." Amy Laura Hall

Chapter 6: "Aren't we all Eugenicists Anyway?" Mary Mahowald

Section 3: The Promise of the New Genetics

Chapter 7: "Conditio Humana as Viewed by a Geneticist -Walter Doerfler

Chapter 8: "Researching Genetics and Health: Implications for the Public Health and Primary Care" Dr. Blair Smith

Chapter 9: "Genetics, Conversation and Conversion: A Discourse at the Interface of Molecular Biology and Christian Ethics" Hans Ulrich Walter Doerfler and Brian Brock.

Section 4: Theological Reflections on the New Genetics

Chapter 10: "As Good as it Gets: Re-thinking 'Human Nature'" Hans Reinders

Chapter 11: "Angels with Clipped Wings" Bernd Wannenwetch's

Chapter 12: "An Aesthetics of Disability and the Future of Humans" -Jeffrey Bishop

Chapter 13: "Disability and the Quest for Perfection: A Moral and Theological Inquiry" Brent Waters

Conclusion: Dr. Robert Song

List of Contributors

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