"Playing God" and germline intervention

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (4):365-386 (1995)
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Abstract

The phrase "playing God" so popular with journalists takes on a serious meaning in the debate over germline genetic intervention. While guarding against the dangers of human pride implied in the phrase "playing God," special attention is given here to the Christian concept of the human being as created in the divine image, the imago dei . Human beings are dubbed "created cocreators." In this light ethical arguments proscribing germline intervention are examined and refuted, leaving the door open for creative responsibility on the part of the present generation for our future progeny. Keywords: playing God, created co-creator, germline intervention, human dignity CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?

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