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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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Human Germline Therapy: Proper Human Responsibility or Playing God?

Human Germline Therapy: Proper Human Responsibility or Playing God?

(p.119) 6 Human Germline Therapy: Proper Human Responsibility or Playing God?
Design and Destiny

James J. Walter

The MIT Press

This chapter investigates the question of human germline modification, and suggests that germline modification is defensible as consistent with a theological view of God’s creative and redemptive purposes. It reviews the moral arguments against, and the moral arguments for, intervening in the germline for therapeutic purposes, and also describes from a Roman Catholic theologian perspective some of the moral themes connected to the topic. The chapter shows how Christian moral decision making on the new genetics is contextualized by specifically theological beliefs. It also proposes that the use of therapeutic technologies for the moral ends of preventing or curing serious genetic diseases in the germline can be a means of properly exercising human responsibility.

Keywords:   human germline modification, God, moral arguments, Christian, moral decision making, theological beliefs

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