Human Dignity in the Biotech Century A Christian Vision for Public Policy

ISBN-10: 0830827838

ISBN-13: 9780830827831

Edition: 2004

Authors: Charles W. Colson, Nigel M. de S. Cameron

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What will be the greatest moral challenge facing our society throughout this century?Are we ready to face it?Editors Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron, along with a panel of expert contributors, make the case in this book that the greatest watershed debates of the twenty-first century concerning ethics and public policy will surround the issue of biotechnology. In twelve essays they address several of the legal and ethical challenges before us: embryo research, stem cell research, cloning, genetic engineering, gene therapy, pharmacogenomics, cybernetics, nanotechnology and, of course, abortion.Contributors includeWilliam L. Saunders, J. D., Family Research Council- Christopher Hook, M.D., The Mayo Clinic- Henk Jochemsen, Ph.D., Free University of Amsterdam- David A. Prentice, Ph.D., Indiana State University- Nathan A. Adams IV, Ph.D., J.D., Christian Legal Society- David Stevens, M.D., Christian Medical Association- Paige Comstock Cunningham, J. D., Americans United for Life- C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School- Richard Doerflinger, M.A., Secretariat for Pro-life, National Conference of Catholic Bishops- Wesley J. Smith, J.D., International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assistend SuicideLeaders in their fields, these contributors point out the crucial role Christians can and should play in the public square. The well-informed and forward-looking perspectives they present will help us prepare for the challenges ahead.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 8/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Cameron is research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law and president of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future. He founded the journal Ethics and Medicine in 1983, directs the Council for Biotechnology Policy (Washington, D.C., chaired by Charles W. Colson), and has represented the United States at the United Nations discussions on human cloning. He is former provost and distinguished professor of theology and culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois).

Introduction: Can We Prevent the "Abolition of Man"?
Challenge to the Twenty-first Century
Christian Vision for the Biotech Century: Toward a Strategy
The Biotech Revolution: Major Issues in the Biosciences
The New Genetics and the Dignity of Humankind
Techno Sapiens: Nanotechnology, Cybernetics, Transhumanism and the Remaking of Humankind
Promise and Peril: Clinical Implications of the New Genetics
The Human Embryo Debate
Learning from Our Mistakes: The Pro-life Cause and the New Bioethics
An Unnatural Assault on Natural Law: Regulating Biotechnology Using a Just Research Theory
Lessons from the Cloning Debate: The Need for a Secular Approach
Biotech and Public Policy: The European Debate
Confronting Technology at the Beginning of Life: A Morally Grounded Policy Agenda for th e United States
The Sanctity of Life in a Brave New World: A Manifesto on Biotechnology and Human Dignity
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