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Design and DestinyJewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification$
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Ronald Cole-Turner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033732

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033732.001.0001

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A Traditional Christian Reflection on Reengineering Human Nature

A Traditional Christian Reflection on Reengineering Human Nature

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(p.73) 4 A Traditional Christian Reflection on Reengineering Human Nature
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Design and Destiny
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H. Tristram Engelhardt

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033732.003.0063

This chapter reports the multiplicity of religions, and even of Christianities, insisting the traditional. On the basis of traditional Christianity, it determines specific limitations or conditions that must be met by germline modification. The chapter also discusses the basis of the core theological doctrines of traditional Christianity that a curative or therapeutic use of germline modification is permissible, possibly even obligatory. Traditional Christianity is identified with Orthodox Christianity. The chapter shows that although traditional Christianity has concerns which limit and direct human genetic engineering, concerns which it does not share with the secular culture, these do not produce a categorical prohibition in principle against such technology.

Keywords:   traditional Christianity, germline modification, theological doctrines, Orthodox Christianity, human genetic engineering

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