"These essays explore the ethical questions surrounding cloning and genetic engineering. The contributors to this volume -- ethicists, theologians and scientists -- discuss and provide in-depth information on impending advances in reproductive technology, including cloning, germ line modifications, stem cell technology, and fetal gene therapy. Arguing from varied and sometimes conflicting viewpoints, each scholar urges careful reflection on the theological and moral convictions concerning the application of these advances". -- back cover.
Contents: The Era of Biological Control / Ronald Cole-Turner -- A Christian Physician at the Crossroads of New Genetic Technologies and the Needs of Patients / Kenneth W. Culver -- Ethics Keeping Pace with Technology / Donald M. Bruce -- Making All Things New ? / Eric B. Beresford -- Religious Perspectives on Human Germ Line Modifications / Audrey R. Chapman -- A Case Against Cloning / Gilbert Meilaender -- Seeking the Significant in the Factual / Nancy J. Duff -- Cloning and Sin : A Niebuhrian Analysis and a Catholic, Liberationist Response / Lisa Sowle Cahill -- Contingency, Tragedy, and the Virtues of Parenting / Sondra Wheeler -- A Parallel to the Care Given the Soul : An Orthodox View of Cloning and Related Technologies / Demetri Demopoulos -- Towards a Theology for the Age of Biotechnology / Ronald Cole-Turner -- Contributors.
OTCH Note: Eric B Beresford, one of the contributors, is a priest and the Consultant for Ethics and Interfaith Relations, Anglican Church of Canada.
"Lead author, Nancy Palardy, TCCR Research Associate."
"Ethical and Theological Reflections by: Eric Beresford, Anglican Church of Canada; Richard Crossman, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Heather Eaton, St. Paul University (Roman Catholic), Ottawa; Roger Hutchinson, The United Church in Canada."
"Report commission and published by The United Church of Canada".
"The United Church of Canada, wishing to increase its understanding of the ethical dimensions of biotechnology, commissioned the Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility to prepare a report which would provide both an overview of various Canadian and global aspects of biotechnology and an analysis of the ethical dimensions. Given the breadth of biotechnology it was agreed that this research report would focus primarily on biotechnological issues regarding agriculture". -- Foreword, p. 6.
Includes bibliographical references but NO index.
Bibliography: pp. 105-106.
Contents: TCCR -- Foreword / David G. Hallman, Co-Chair of the Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility -- Section One: Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering / Nancy Palardy -- Introduction -- Agriculture -- Concentration of Control and Key Corporate Players -- Concerns and the Nature of Public Debate -- Section Two: Ethical and Theological Reflections / Eric B. Beresford, Richard C. Crossman, Heather Eaton, Roger C. Hutchinson -- Resources / Nancy Palardy -- Canadian Governmental Departments which Address Issues of Genetically Engineered Agriculture -- Resources for Biotechnology Work
OTCH Note: Eric Beresford is the Coordinator of Ethics and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada and an Anglican priest.
"Task Group of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee Anglican Church of Canada". -- t.-p.
Include endnotes and bibliography: pp. 35-36.
Contents: Task Group Members -- Foreword / Michael Peers -- Introduction -- Draft Statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Report of the Task Group on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Select Bibliography -- Endnotes -- Appendix A: Draft Statement on Assisted Suicide / The Ethics Group of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, 1995 -- Appendix B: Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) Draft Joint Statement (Received by the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, October 1996) -- Appendix C: Faith and Witness Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches: Statement of Convergence on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Study Guide -- Group Study Materials -- Study Session 1 -- Study Session 2 -- Response Form.
"Water is the cradle and source of life. Without it, biological life is, quite simply impossible". "Availability of water is a defining characteristic of any ecosystem, but in addition to this, the availability of water is one of the most severe limiting factors on the sustainability of our ecological practices". Water is becoming an increasingly scarce and desired commodity as agricultural practices have strained world resources. "Under the terms of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, water is a commodity, and water hungry nations of the global north have begun to look towards more water rich parts of the world as sources of water for bulk export. When water must be traded freely and at market rates under international trade agreements the result will be that water will go to those who have the greatest need, making an already difficult situation potentially catastrophic." The Columbia River System on the border between British Columbia and the Pacific northwest of the United States is one of the most heavily dammed rivers in the world. The result has been the devastation of salmon species, unable to swim upstream with the consequent loss of the commercial fishery and traditional way of life of indigenous peoples. The water system has also been polluted with agricultural and industrial run-offs. The author, an Anglican priest and the Anglican Communion Advisor on Ethics and Technology, feels that the issue of water and water conservation has not been adequately addressed by secular or religious society but notes that this is particularly surprising in that "water is not just a resource, it is a symbol. Water is a religious image that evokes and brings together many of the central themes that shape the Christian religious and moral imagination." "Water has a symbolic even an ethical significance that is quite extraordinary. Yet, water has rarely been the focus of sustained Christian environmental reflection. There [are] hopeful signs [however]. The Roman Catholic bishops of the Columbia River basin region published reflection and study materials on the situation there. Anglicans too need to be involved in their communities and in their region. What does it mean to us to be stewards of the waters of life ? How does this affect our attitudes to water, and to the need for water that all God's creatures share ?"
At head of title: Dialogue on Same Sex Unions, Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.
"Prepared by the Commission on Faith and Doctrine : The Rev. Dr. Willliam Crockett, Dr. Edith Humphrey, the Rev. Canon Eric Beresford".
"This report comprises three papers written by three Canadian Anglican theologians -- the Rev. Canon Eric Beresford, the Anglican Church of Canada's consultant on ethics and interfaith [relations]: the Rev. Dr. William Crockett, a recently-retired faculty member from the Vancouver School of Theology; and Dr. Edith Humphrey, professor of scripture, Augustine College, Ottawa. The authors provide three different perspectives on questions related to the interpretation of scripture and our understanding of sexuality". -- p. 1.
"In this report, the authors address: What constitutes a faithful reading of scripture ? -- What is the purpose of human sexuality ? -- How is human sexuality related to God's plan of redemption ? -- How does sexuality itself help us to grow as Christians ?" -- front cover.