- Series: Vital Questions
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (April 10, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0842374469
- ISBN-13: 978-0842374460
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Does God Need Our Help?: Cloning, Assisted Suicide, & Other Challenges . . (Vital Questions) Hardcover – April 10, 2003
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A review of the book Does God Need Our Help?: Cloning, Assisted Suicide, & Other Challenges in Bioethics by John F. Kilner and C. Ben Mitchell, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, 2003.
While the 20th century was marked by social utopian movements such as Nazism and Communism, the 21st century heralds a new utopian effort based on recent biotechnological advance. This aim of this new biotechnology revolution is not the transformation of social structures per se, but rather the radical reformation of humanity itself. Some social scientists such as Francis Fukuyama now write nervously of a potential "posthuman future" as a result of this rapid technological advance. As Dr. Leon Kass reminds us, "No friend of humanity cheers for a posthuman future."
Surely we have all read recent reports on such issues as the Human Genome Project, stem cell research, genetic therapy, and cloning. Many of these issues seem technical, difficult to understand, and remote from our every day lives. Nevertheless such research continues in laboratories and medical centers around the world in a relatively quiet but unrelenting fashion for now. Rest assured that strong economic and social forces will ensure that these technological breakthroughs will soon demand attention in the medical marketplace. While some discoveries show great promise (such as gene therapy for diabetes and Parkinson's disease), others are morally problematic for us as Christians (such as human cloning and embryo research). The speed with which such discoveries now impact us and the ethical subtleties they entail leave many of us mentally giddy.Read more ›
We begin with the Hippocratic Oath, moving through beginning of life and end of life decisions. We end with the emerging biotechnologies and the benefits and burdens they present.
Finally, we include suggested readings and resources for further study and study questions to make the book useful for small group discussions.
This book was designed for those who are struggling ethical decisions about their health care or for those who want to know more about stem cell research, cloning, reproductive technologies, euthanasia, resource allocation, and other issues.
My colleague, John Kilner, PhD., is a graduate of Yale University, Gordon Conwell Seminary, and Harvard University. He is currently President of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, just north of Chicago, Illinois. I am associate professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois, and received my Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.