Stem-cell research. Cloning. Genetic engineering. Today, discoveries in biotechnology are occurring so rapidly that we can barely begin to address one ethical debate before another looms overhead. This brave new world we've entered is a daunting one as well, with disturbing implications for the sanctity of life and for human nature itself. How should we respond as Christians?
Drawing on an abundance of cutting-edge information and life experience, Joni Eareckson Tada and Nigel M. de S. Cameron help you think through issues no Christian can afford to ignore. As a quadriplegic who has spent three decades advocating for the disability community out of a wheelchair, Joni offers the insights of a woman intimately acquainted with suffering and struggle. Dr. Cameron shares from his vast knowledge as one of today's foremost bioethics.
Together, they offer deeply informed perspectives on such pressing issues as:
Human cloningDesigner babiesRedefining human natureHuman harvesting
Here is thoughtful, passionate, and gripping reading about the world that is coming--that, indeed, is already here--and how to live out your faith with conviction in its midst.
Tada, known among evangelical Christians for living courageously with a spinal cord injury, joins bioethicist Cameron in an engaging, if sometimes strident, critique of biotechnology. While both authors come from the Christian Right and lionize President George W. Bush, they make adept connections across the ideological spectrum from disability advocacy groups to feminist critics of cloning with those concerned about the fate of vulnerable individuals in a society that expects biological perfection. At the root of biotech temptations, the authors see a culture that is terrified of suffering. Based on the observation that "all pursuit of medical advancements reflects somebody's morals," they argue that debates over human cloning, embryo research and assisted reproduction are not only necessary but overdue. They fear that already, "millions of Christians have learned the wrong lesson at the outset of the biotech century" because "the evangelical church has consistently avoided facing the question and inquiring and advising appropriately." Readers should warm to the book's combination of personal anecdote, biblical interpretation, humor ("this is not a slide down the slippery slope this is downhill skiing") and pointed rhetoric that usually leaves little doubt as to where the authors personally stand.