Adam, Eve, and the Genome: The Human Genome Project and Theology

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Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
Fortress Press - Religion - 200 pages
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The project to map the human genetic codes has been widely hailed as a monumental achievement with vast medical promise. Yet the project is also fraught with ambiguities and, Susan Thistlethwaite claims, great potential dangers to society. This important book combines a basic primer on genetic research with ethical reflection by an interdisciplinary team on key questions and a deeper look, in light of such research, at what it means to be human. Part 1 of the book places genetic research in historical perspective, including the historical prickliness between science and religion. It shows how we have gotten from Gregor Mendel's experiments with peas to today's Human Genome Project. Part 2 explores ethical issues posed by genetic testing, screening, and counseling; gene therapy; stem-cell research; dangers of misuse through genetic identification; and engineering of particular populations (violent people, ethnic groups, gays and lesbians). Part 3 explores the possibilities of reconstruing human identity for the coming "biological age." Contributors include Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Laurel Schneider, Lainie Ross, Theodore W. Jennings Jr., Ken Stone, and Lee Butler.
 

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Contents

Setting the Context A Brief History of Science by a Sympathetic Theologian
17
Aristotle and Plato
18
Islamic Science
25
Medieval Science in the West
28
The Reformation and the Renaissance
31
Descartes
33
Newton
36
Darwin
44
The Story of Adam and Eve as Etiological Text
117
Who Asks Etiological Questions?
121
Critical Issues
127
Dreaming the Soul African American Skepticism Encounters the Human Genome Project
129
Racism in American History as a Feature of the American Dream
132
A Different Dream of Being Human
136
Dreaming of Freedom
139
The New Dream
141

Freud
47
An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics
52
DNA
53
Autosomal Recessive Conditions
54
Autosomal Dominant Conditions
61
XLinked Conditions
63
From Peapods to the Human Genome Project PostMendelian Genetics
69
Chromosomal Variations
70
Clinical Genetics
77
Ethical and Policy Issues
83
Being Human
91
Theological Anthropology and the Human Genome Project
93
Theology and Science
94
Bringing Theology to the Human Genome Project
98
Redemption and Resurrection
102
Imago Dei
109
Reflections on Romans
110
Adam Eve and the Genome
112
The Quest for a Gay Gene as Etiological Text
115
On Being Human
143
A Gene for Violence? Genetic Determinism and Sin
145
Genetic Determinism
148
Flies Who Rape?
149
Flawed Science
151
Human Freedom and Genetics
152
Human DignityIn the Image of God
153
Social Sin and Human Violence
155
To Sin Rationally
157
The Chemistry of Community
161
The Case of Hypertension in African Americans
163
The Case of Breast Cancer
165
Grace
167
SoulBody Dualism
171
The Grace of Community
173
Notes
175
Glossary
188
Index
194
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