Genetic Engineering and Nature

Thomas A. Shannon

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178722
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Genetic Engineering and Nature

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Evolution introduced the notion of change into the world of biology and also culture. Prior to this time, the dominant understanding of reality was governed by a static concept of reality. Clearly within this framework, we know that things grew and developed, and thus there were clear signs of change. Stasis was the dominant philosophical framework in which all life was understood. This sense of stasis extended from the biological to the social. Not only were species stable, so too were social classes. This article discusses the link between genetic engineering and nature, focusing on transgenics and traditional images of modeling human responsibility. In particular, it examines stewardship, the concept of created cocreator, playing God, reductionism, scientific materialism, and the transcendent potential of matter.

Keywords: God; genetic engineering; nature; evolution; stasis; transgenics; scientific materialism; matter; created cocreator; stewardship

Article.  10177 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Religion and Science

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