Geneticists are now using an efficient and inexpensive method of gene editing call CRISPR/Cas9. It has become routine to snip out an unwanted gene or insert a desirable gene. The day of the genetically engineered child is just about to dawn, as is the day for modifying or eliminating entire species such as mosquitoes. The US National Academy of Sciences is giving an entire year to study the ethical implications.
What is the fuss? Why might this be important for people of faith to understand and assess? “…the beginning of a kind of medicine that stands to effectively change the course of human history… profound moral and ethical questions will arise.” Time Magazine, “The CRISPR Pioneers,” December 19, 2016.
Dr. Ted Peters is an author, professor, and pastor. He is Research Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He offers a theological analysis of culture, analyzing especially the role of science in culture. He co-edits the journal, Theology and Science, and has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited more than two dozen books.
Join us for this Scholar’s View on April 23, 5:15 PM at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 1455 East Yosemite Avenue Merced, CA 95340 383-0632.
This event is hosted by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in partnership with Merced Wesley Foundation, United Methodist Church of Merced, Merced Episcopal Church, LifeSpring Church, Unitarian Universalists of Merced, and Unity of Merced.