On biotechnology, theology, and the human sciences

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    There may be very good Christian theological reasons to oppose human biotechnological enhancement. It is, however, difficult to discern what they are. Much of the specifically Christian response to transhumanist biotechnological enhancement has revolved around the metaphysics of human persons this is hardly surprising, given that similar themes appear in other bioethical themes, such as over in vitro fertilization, abortion, and euthanasia. The main aim of this paper is to clarify the theological requirements for such responses, particularly those that are mistakenly delegated to scientists. In particular, the paper will focus on the need for a Christian theological account of human nature that does not unduly rely on biological accounts of the same.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-352
    Number of pages10
    JournalTheology and Science
    Issue number3
    Early online date19 Jul 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    • Enhancement
    • Ethics
    • Human nature
    • Metaphysics
    • Natural law
    • Species concepts
    • Transhumanism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • History and Philosophy of Science


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