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By B.A. Lustig, B.A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny

The advent situates particular non secular and coverage discussions of 4 wide parts of biotechnology in the context of the wider dialog on suggestions of nature set forth in quantity One. Our introductory evaluation studies key features of contemporary spiritual and moral discussions of 4 components: biotechnology and assisted copy, biotechnology and genetic enhancement, biotechnology and human-machine incorporation, and biotechnology and biodiversity. It additionally attracts hyperlinks among these numerous discussions in mild of a couple of theological subject matters and casuistical emphases. The advent additionally reports the 4 coverage chapters, each one associated with the conceptual bankruptcy written at the comparable sector of biotechnology, and indicates the ways in which coverage offerings in those components should be illumined through extra targeted awareness on spiritual views.

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But for us the more important point is that all use of ARTs involves naturalizing technology by reifying unquestioned “natural” ideals and then incorporating technology within them. In Thompson’s words, naturalization in this sense is the means by which what sometimes gets referred to as ‘bedrock’ is established and maintained. Its examination invites an analysis of the role of specific configurations of bedrock in establishing the moral, epistemic, and technical taken-for-granteds essential to the practice of infertility medicine (Thompson, 1998, 66).

1 Compatible Contradictions: Religion and the Naturalization 37 Catholic couples must divest themselves of a culturally Catholic expectation (a marriage must produce children and is meaningless without them) and adopt something closer to the official Church teaching on family (a married couple must be open to children but must practice hospitality and generosity in other ways if they are not forthcoming) (Ryan, 2001, 58–60). Marcia Inhorn reports that in Egypt and Lebanon, Muslim men in long infertile marriages tend not to avail themselves of their legal opportunities to divorce and remarry or to take second wives; implicitly, these men and their wives give up the traditional Muslim ideal of a procreative union for a companionate vision of marriage in which their intimacy, love, and fidelity alone, not offspring, justify their continued union (Inhorn, 2006a).

2002); Sills and Palermo (2002); Renteln (1992). 1 Compatible Contradictions: Religion and the Naturalization 29 Other questions abound. If the family’s given nature includes transfer of wealth, education, status, and other advantages according to a strict system, then transgression of that system becomes a matter of justice not just to one family’s children but to divine plans for human society broadly. On this view ARTs could, if not carefully regulated, cause suffering, confusion, and social collapse.

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