religious ethics Genetic Engineering

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Courtney Carter; Kim Maynor; Jordan Stewart; Mattie McCullen; Katie Lasalle Dr. S. Benko Religious Ethics 104 23 February 2010 The Debate of Genetic Engineering in Humans Genetic engineering can be used to help women become pregnant, and for its ability to detect diseases and eliminate such limitations in unborn babies. In addition to serving as an aid in women pregnancy and eradicating diseases in unborn children, genetic engineering can be utilized to implant certain physical and mental characteristics in children. Thus, the question raised is, where does one draw the line? Is it okay to decide what physical traits and mental capabilities children will posses? As generations become more technologically advanced in the field of genetic engineering, it creates further questioning on what is and is not ethical. Will genetically modifying children to meet the likings of the parents or to be a donor to a terminally ill patient limit the child’s future? If so, such genetic engineering is an unethical decision on the parent’s behalf. Genetic engineering must be limited to in-vitro fertilization and other pregnancy aid, as well as preventing disease in children by detecting and eliminating illness, before a child is born, in order for it to be considered ethical. Such techniques can help couples that are not able to conceive, have a child, as well as decrease the need for vaccinations and therapies for children born with illnesses. However, we do not feel that genetic engineering is acceptable when used to customize the way a child will look and perform or to make babies only to obtain their organs to save the lives of others. Considering all aspects of genetic engineering will provide readers with a more developed understanding of the issue as a whole.
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  2 The growth of genetic engineering has sparked many debates as to whether it is ethically right or wrong to interfere with the development of human fetuses within the womb. In many ways it can be daunting for those who oppose these scientific discoveries to convey how they feel about the issue; as stated in the article The Case Against Perfection , “When science moves faster than moral understanding, as it does today, men and women struggle to articulate their unease” (Sandel). One of the strongest arguments against the genetic manipulation of fetuses comes from a very religious angle. Those with a more apocalyptic view of Christian theology would argue that humans have absolutely no right to tamper with what God has created. Attempting to genetically enhance or modify in, is in return an attempt to bridge the gap between our world and the kingdom of God, which can only result in catastrophe. To go a step further, since God is the creator of everything it means that He has dominion over the earth in ways that
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