Human Dignity in the Biotech Century

Human Dignity in the Biotech Century

A Christian Vision for Public Policy

Edited by Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron

Human Dignity in the Biotech Century
  • Length: 252 pages
  • Published: July 07, 2004
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2783-1
  • Item Code: 2783
  • Case Quantity: 40
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What will be the greatest moral challenge facing our society throughout this century?

Are we ready to face it?

Editors Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron, along with a panel of expert contributors, make the case in this book that the greatest watershed debates of the twenty-first century concerning ethics and public policy will surround the issue of biotechnology. In twelve essays they address several of the legal and ethical challenges before us: embryo research, stem cell research, cloning, genetic engineering, gene therapy, pharmacogenomics, cybernetics, nanotechnology and, of course, abortion.

Contributors include

  • William L. Saunders, J. D., Family Research Council
  • Christopher Hook, M.D., The Mayo Clinic
  • Henk Jochemsen, Ph.D., Free University of Amsterdam
  • David A. Prentice, Ph.D., Indiana State University
  • Nathan A. Adams IV, Ph.D., J.D., Christian Legal Society
  • David Stevens, M.D., Christian Medical Association
  • Paige Comstock Cunningham, J. D., Americans United for Life
  • C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Richard Doerflinger, M.A., Secretariat for Pro-life, National Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Wesley J. Smith, J.D., International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assistend Suicide

Leaders in their fields, these contributors point out the crucial role Christians can and should play in the public square. The well-informed and forward-looking perspectives they present will help us prepare for the challenges ahead.

"This collection gathers essays from top bioethics thinkers and activists. Pick among topics such as learning from our mistakes, new technology, genetics, and transhumanism. Get ready for the science fiction realities of the 21st century, and get involved!"

Paige C. Cunningham, Dignitas, Winter 2009

"This volume comprises essays from the top thinkers and activists in the field on topics like learning from past mistakes, new technology, genetics, and transhumanism. Get ready for the science fiction realities of the 21st century, and get involved."

Paige C. Cunningham, Christianity Today, November 2009

"Each article is well-referenced and hence quite helpful in pointing readers to a wealth of published material in academic journals and books, popular literature and news, and various academic and popular websites."

Jason T. Eberl for American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Fall 2007


Preface - Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron
Introduction: Can We Prevent the "Abolition of Man"? C. S. Lewis's Challenge to the Twenty-first Century - Charles W. Colson
1. Christian Vision for the Biotech Century: Toward a Strategy - Nigel M. de S. Cameron
2. The Biotech Revolution: Major Issues in the Biosciences - David A. Prentice, Ph.D.
3. The New Genetics and the Dignity of Humankind - C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.
4. Techno Sapiens: Nanotechnology, Cybernetics, Transhumanism and the Remaking of Humankind - C. Christopher Hook, M.D.
5. Promise and Peril: Clinical Implications of the New Genetics - David Stevens, M.D.
6. The Human Embryo Debate - William L. Saunders, J.D.
7. Learning from Our Mistakes: The Pro-life Cause and the New Bioethics - Paige Comstock Cunningham, J. D.
8. An Unnatural Assault on Natural Law: Regulating Biotechnology Using a Just Research Theory - Nathan A. Adams IV, Ph.D., J.D.
9. Lessons from the Cloning Debate: The Need for a Secular Approach - Wesley J. Smith, J.D.
10. Biotech and Public Policy: The European Debate - Henk Jochemsen, Ph.D.
11. Confronting Technology at the Beginning of Life: A Morally Grounded Policy Agenda for th e United States - Richard Doerflinger, M.A.
Appendix: The Sanctity of Life in a Brave New World: A Manifesto on Biotechnology and Human Dignity


Colson, formerly special counsel to President Nixon, is founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship and the Wilberforce Forum. He also chairs the Council for Biotechnology Policy. Colson's Breakpoint daily radio commentaries are heard by more than one million listeners.

BY Charles W. Colson

Cameron is research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law and president of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future. He founded the journal Ethics and Medicine in 1983, directs the Council for Biotechnology Policy (Washington, D.C., chaired by Charles W. Colson), and has represented the United States at the United Nations discussions on human cloning. He is former provost and distinguished professor of theology and culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois).

BY Nigel M. de S. Cameron