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

Author: 
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite (Editor)
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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.
ISBN: 
9780800636142
Price: 
$21.00
Release date: 
October 13, 2003
Pages: 
216
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Table of Contents

    About the Contributors
    Preface

    Introduction: Liberation Theology in Dialogue with the Human Genome Project
    Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

    A Beginning Point
    Different Questions, New Insights

    PART ONE: THE SCIENCE OF GENETICS

  1. Setting the Context: A Brief History of Science by a Sympathetic Theologian
    Laurel C. Schneider

    Aristotle and Plato
    Islamic Science
    Medieval Science in the West
    The Reformation and the Renaissance
    Descartes
    Newton
    Darwin
    Freud

  2. An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics
    Lainie Friedman Ross

    Gregor Mendel and Peas
    DNA
    Autosomal Recessive Conditions
    Autosomal Dominant Conditions
    X-Linked Conditions

  3. From Peapods to the Human Genome Project: Post-Mendelian Genetics
    Lainie Friedman Ross

    Chromosomal Variations
    Clinical Genetics
    Ethical and Policy Issues

    PART TWO: BEING HUMAN

  4. Theological Anthropology and the Human Genome Project
    Theodore W. Jennings Jr.

    Theology and Science
    Bringing Theology to the Human Genome Project
    Redemption and Resurrection
    Imago Dei
    Reflections on Romans

  5. Adam, Eve, and the Genome
    Ken Stone

    The Genome as "Text"
    The Quest for a "Gay Gene" as "Etiological Text"
    The Story of Adam and Eve as "Etiological Text"
    Who Asks Etiological Questions?

    PART THREE: CRITICAL ISSUES

  6. Dreaming the Soul: African American Skepticism Encounters the Human Genome Project
    Lee H. Butler Jr.

    Racism in American History as a Feature of the American Dream
    A Way out of the Nightmare: A Different Dream of Being Human
    Dreaming of Freedom
    The New Dream
    On Being Human

  7. A Gene for Violence? Genetic Determinism and Sin
    Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

    A Short History of the Doctrine of Sin
    Genetic Determinism
    Flies Who Rape?
    Flawed Science
    Human Freedom and Genetics
    Human Dignity/In the Image of God
    Social Sin and Human Violence
    To Sin Rationally

  8. The Chemistry of Community
    Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

    The "Case" of Hypertension in African Americans
    The "Case" of Breast Cancer
    Grace
    Soul/Body Dualism
    The Grace of Community

    Notes
    Glossary
    Index