Designers of the Future: Who Should Make the Decisions?
What does the Christian faith have to offer? Christians believe that we are made in God’s image, and demonstrate something of our Maker’s creativity. We are also stewards of his creation. We should therefore win control of diseases, for example....
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What does the Christian faith have to offer? Christians believe that we are made in God’s image, and demonstrate something of our Maker’s creativity. We are also stewards of his creation. We should therefore win control of diseases, for example. We should tackle Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and injuries to the spinal cord. Used responsibly, science can serve God. But what are the guidelines? Many Christians believe that stem cell research, for example, is a step too far. In this coherent, engaging and human book Professor Gareth Jones tackles tough topics: Who designs designer babies? What is special about the human embryo? He addresses the limits of stem cell research; the world of clones and cyborgs; and the challenge of repairing and enhancing people. He observes, “The balance between being saints and sinners requires immense wisdom, discernment and understanding, all of which are enhanced by a living relationship with the God who cares for us and who experienced human existence in the person of Jesus Christ.”
What insights does Christianity offer? Christians believe we are stewards of God's creation. We therefore should win control of diseases. We should tackle Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and spinal cord injuries. But the ethical choices are tough. In this coherent, engaging book Professor Gareth Jones tackles: * Who designs designer babies? * What is special about the human embryo? * What are the limits of stem cell research? * Should we not merely repair, but enhance?
D. GARETH JONES is Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) at the same university. A neuroscientist, he has written extensively on bioethical issues. His recent books include: Valuing People: Human Value in a World of Medical Technology (1999), Speaking for the Dead: Cadavers in Biology and Medicine (2000), Clones: The Clowns of Technology? (2001) and Designers Of The Future (2005). He is also a co-author of the text, Medical Ethics (fourth edition, 2005).