Science & Technology

Science and technology are rapidly advancing fields which, among other purposes, seek to find new diagnostic tools, treatments, and therapies for disease. In the last twenty years, there have been numerous technological advances in the field of biotechnology including stem cell research, cloning, and the mapping of the human genome. Genetic research examines questions surrounding such matters as the isolation and testing for genes for breast cancer and the role of genes in behavior. While these advances have helped broaden our understanding of injury and disease, they also have raised a variety of ethical dilemmas. These dilemmas are particularly challenging for Christians who seek to live their lives in accordance with biblical principles. For example, with the availability of genetic testing, should a Christian be tested for genetic disorders? Do genetic causes for behavior excuse personal responsibility for sinful behaviors? The purpose of this section is to explore the ethical issues raised by advances in biotechnology from a Christian vantage point and provide resources to help guide ethical decision-making in this area.

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

  • Charles Colson and Nigel M. De S. Cameron, Human Dignity in the Biotech Century: A Christian Vision for Public Policy. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2004.
  • Andy Crouch and Amy Crouch, The Tech-Wise Family, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2017.
  • John Dyer. From the Garden to the City. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011.
  • C. Ben Mitchell et al. Biotechnology and the Human Good. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.
  • Joni Eareckson Tada and Nigel M. de S. Cameron. How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Brent Waters. This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2009.