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By B.A. Lustig, B.A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny

The creation situates particular non secular and coverage discussions of 4 extensive components of biotechnology in the context of the wider dialog on techniques of nature set forth in quantity One. Our introductory assessment studies key elements of contemporary non secular and moral discussions of 4 components: biotechnology and assisted copy, biotechnology and genetic enhancement, biotechnology and human-machine incorporation, and biotechnology and biodiversity. It additionally attracts hyperlinks among these quite a few discussions in gentle of a couple of theological issues and casuistical emphases. The advent additionally reports the 4 coverage chapters, every one associated with the conceptual bankruptcy written at the comparable quarter of biotechnology, and indicates the ways in which coverage offerings in those parts might be illumined by means of extra centred awareness on spiritual views.

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The tradition to which East Asian Buddhists most often look for such moral guidance is Confucianism, which presents an equally ambiguous picture. According to Ren Zong Qiu, the Confucian emphasis on family and communal identity yields a variety of filial piety that commands the continuation of the male ancestral line. The purpose of sex, then, is primarily reproduction; health (preservation of the yinyang balance in both men and women) and pleasure are secondary and tertiary goods (Qiu, 2002, 76, 78).

These patterns are cemented by Islamic inheritance laws, which stipulate that children can inherit only from their biological (interpreted as genetic) parents. A child of uncertain parentage lacks inheritance rights and therefore the social position from which to launch his or her own marriage and life. 23 Indian Hindu culture is similarly concerned with marriage and procreation, but—as Cromwell Crawford and others point out—for slightly different reasons. First, the a-s´ramas, or traditional ideal stages of life for Hindu men, call for a period of single studenthood followed by marriage and parenting, forest dwelling, and hermitic life.

The extreme, cloning, is often 26 On ekonomia see for example Paxson (2004, 61). 36 C. Traina et al. presented as the culmination of the technological transformation of procreation into reproduction (of begetting into making): here natural humanity itself is treated as a raw material for “constructing a form of life that is not natural humanity but is an artificial development out of humanity” (Campbell, 1997, D13, quoting O’Donovan, 1984, 16; italics in original). The distinction between “begetting” and “making” provides a helpful lens for describing uses of “nature” in Protestant analyses of reproductive technologies.

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