Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church (Paperback)
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Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church (Paperback)

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Recent developments in genetic technology promise to eradicate disease and disability. Such promises pose challenging questions with regard to our understanding of what it is to be human. Taking a Christian and theologically informed viewpoint, this book explores and challenges our concept of disability. This book will seek to explore the question: does our current attitude toward the use of genetic technologies in contemporary practice risk a slide into social habits which are implicitly evil and destructive of the humanness of our society? The central theological question that will be addressed by the book is: Is the image of humanness that underpins the implicit and explicit assumptions of new genetic technology compatible with Christian theological understandings of what it means to be human and to live humanly? This book aims to explore these questions within a multidisciplinary context with a view to developing an informed practical theological perspective which can guide the theory and practice of the church as it engages with the world around the complex issues that are emerging in response to new genetic technology. John Swinton, and Brian Brock have drawn together an international team of the top scholars from medicine, ethics and theology to produce a unique text which will lay out the complex problems genetic technology raises, and offer fresh understandings and solutions that are theoretically significant and practically vital.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567045584
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Insofar as technology has been driven throughout the era of modern science by confidence in the perfectibility of the natural world, the presence of intractable imperfection has both inspired and troubled its greatest accomplishments. The papers collected in this volume are concerned with one area in which this problematic has become acute, namely that of human disability. They bring to light many of the personal, political, scientific and theological dimensions of new attempts by genetic technologies in particular to make human beings better. Aware of the moral and intellectual perplexities of the current situation. the editors call for a theological 're-imagining' to provide the frame in which faithful discernment of God's presence will be possible. Readers will be challenged by the descriptive accounts of experiences of disability, as well as by the constructive efforts to direct genetic science into its own best potential under the creative and redemptive authority of God."--Sanford Lakoff


"This rich and fascinating volume brings together experts from a variety of backgrounds - theologians, doctors, scientists and people with disabilities - to explore the phenomenon of disability and new genetics from a wide range of different perspectives, from biographical reports to theological treatises. These diverse voices unite to explore one of the most pressing contemporary ethical questions from a distinctively Christian perspective, and manage to push the debate on the new genetics to a new level. Those generally interested in these questions, and theologians in particular, will discover numerous insights in each of the book's chapters as well as from the implicit and explicit ways the texts dialogue with each other."

Martin Wendte, University of Tubingen --Sanford Lakoff

"A timely, sobering assessment of the new technologies of genetic testing.

Many of those with disabilities are wary of genetic technologies, fearing that acceptance of tests to prevent the birth of those with disabilities will only add to the rejection of those who live among us with the very same conditions.

Theological scholars and the voices of the disabled come together in this book to wrestle with the promises and perils of today's genetic medicine. The result is a much-needed look, not just at technology, but at ourselves as people whose very souls are shaped by the tools we use. This book is an invitation to ponder one of the most disturbing questions of our time: will our acceptance of genetics make us less accepting of others?"

Ron Cole-Turner, H Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics Pittsburgh Theological Seminary--Sanford Lakoff

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