Category Archives: Biotheology Theory

Biotheology: ethics and biotechnology

By Brian Edgar

The term ‘bioethics’ is usually construed too narrowly (as bio-medical ethics relating to the person) rather than as a parallel to the wide range of issues covered by biotechnology (including gene manipulation, nanotechnology, biodiversity, ecology, biopharming , reproductive medicine and stem cell research etc), and there is a tendency to overlook the significance of the overall connectedness of human, animal and plant life.

Therefore what is required is a new field of biotheology to go alongside the more traditional sub-disciplines of systematic theology such as theological anthropology (doctrine of humanity), Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology etc. Read More »

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God, persons and bio-machines

By Brian Edgar

Humanity has a built in desire to initiate, build and create, and the newer biological sciences revolving around biology, genetics and nanotechnology means that technological tools are emerging which can mean nothing less than the re-creation of the human person. A symbiotic relationship between humanity and machinery already exists and there is now a debate between trans-humanists who are looking towards a shift in human nature, perhaps moving towards a post-human condition and bio-conservatives who see trans-human initiatives as nothing other than de-humanising.  Read More »

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Bioethics: a primer for Christians

By Brian Edgar

The rapid growth in biotechnology and the ever increasing complexity of the issues makes it easy to forget just how new the field of bioethics really is. In 1996 Gilbert Meilander wrote Bioethics: a primer for Christians and there is no surprise that a new and revised edition is now needed. Yet despite the changing times the book stands up well. Read More »

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