"[T]he Christian conviction that there is a moral disorder that pervades the creation is a provocative idea, for its suggests a way in which we might think about a technology such as genetic engineering. If such a moral disorder exist in nature, and if God is understood to be at work creatively and redemptively resolving that disorder, and if we recognize ourselves as invited by God to participate in that creative and redemptive work, then we can see our technology, especially our genetic engineering, as a partnership with God in the expanding and redeeming of nature. Within this theological context, genetic engineering is seen as a legitimate human activity. In fact, genetic engineering is encouraged as a Christian calling or vocation, a work to which we are summoned by God and through which we participate in the work of God. For this reason, however, genetic engineering is sharply restrained and redirected. It is not to be used for self-indulgent or destructive ends, to amass power, or to increase the dependence of the technologically poor upon the technologically rich. On the contrary, genetic engineering is to be used in ways that are consistent with the activity of God the Creator and Redeemer. Its goals should be to heal, to restore, to conserve, and to explore". -- Intro., p. 11-12.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Age of Genetic Engineering -- What Are We Doing ? -- The Purpose of Genetic Engineering -- Responding to the New Situation -- Redemption and Technology -- Participating in the Creation -- References -- Recommended Reading -- Index.
Author is a member of the United Church of Christ.