Genetics and Faith: Power, Choice, and Responsibility
Download Genetics and Faith: Power, Choice, and Responsibility
The ELCA program unit for Church in Society is pleased to make available Genetics and Faith: Power, Choice, and Responsibility as the first publication in the process of developing a social statement on genetics. You have in your hands an ambitious and solid set of Christian reflections that invites you to join in study, discernment, and deliberation. Your participation is vital as our church thinks together about these matters and faces the broad and pressing implications for our time.
The challenges of genetics are daunting but this study brings to life the stories and challenges faced by many, if not most of us today. These are stories about pastors and other church leaders and those who live their vocation in science, medicine, farming, business and a growing list of other occupations. These are stories about parents, teens, consumers, and aid workers. The study brings to light what is at stake for all of us as our human power to work with the genome expands rapidly. It presents faithful and thoughtful reflections that can teach and encourage discussion on questions related to congregational care, global realities, justice, and the common good.
This study is laid out in two parts in order to do justice to both fundamental challenges and particular concerns about genetic developments. Part A addresses fundamental social, theological and ethical themes, while the sessions of Part B engage particular scientific and biotechnological topics in light of those themes. Both parts invite members of this church to faithful conversation, according to their specific interests and concerns.
A complimentary printed copy of the study is available by calling the ELCA resources line at 800-638-3522 ext 2996. Multiple copies can be ordered by calling the same number. Cost is $4.00 per copy plus shipping.
Don't understand the science of genetics? Watch NOVA: Cracking the Code of Life for an introduction: