Life is a gift that includes powers to be used and celebrated, but that doesn't necessarily justify the use of every new power that comes along. A Christian Response to the New Genetics appeals to both secular and religious readers in the center of the great debate over our new genetic powers. These essays affirm many traditional Christian perspectives and virtues, while also introducing new insights. The authors explore a broad range of topics, including genetic testing, gene transfer, genetic manipulation, patenting, health insurance, and the moral status of embryos. They conclude it is naive to either outright reject or wholeheartedly embrace the new genetic powers. In fact, sometimes the best we can expect is to learn how to cope with moral uncertainty. A Christian Response to the New Genetics originated with initiatives of the Episcopal Church, but the book is neither an official statement of Episcopal theological ethics nor a parochial lamentation.
David H. Smith is director of the Poynter Center at Indiana University and chair of the Episcopal Church's Task Force on Ethics and the New Genetics. Cynthia B. Cohen is senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Theological Perspectives Chapter 3 Basic Biological Concepts Chapter 4 The Many Facets of Genetic Testing Chapter 5 Gene Transfer for Therapy or Enhancement Chapter 6 Creating and Shaping Future Children Chapter 7 The Moral Status of Early Embryos and New Genetic Interventions Chapter 8 Genetics and Genetic Technology in Social Context Chapter 9 The Economics and Politics of the New Genetics Chapter 10 The Role of the Church in the New Genetics