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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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Germline Gene Modification and the Human Condition before God

Germline Gene Modification and the Human Condition before God

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(p.93) 5 Germline Gene Modification and the Human Condition before God
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Design and Destiny
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Nigel M. de S. Cameron

Amy Michelle DeBaets

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033732.003.0069

This chapter presents the core anthropological insight of classical Protestantism, which insists that human nature is defined theologically in relation to God as its source (creator) and destiny (assumed in Christ). The distinctions that are commonly made in setting out the options for human genetic interventions refer to the cells to be affected and their relation either to the individual or his or her reproductive line, as well as the purpose for which the intervention is made. The chapter shows that general concerns about exercising design power over future generations are restated dramatically in the context of Christian theology.

Keywords:   God, classical Protestantism, Christ, human genetic interventions, Christian theology

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