Gene Engineering and the Common Good -- An Audio Presentation by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger

Introduction by Derrick Peterson

As we continue to release audio from the workshop sessions of our recent Church and Science: Partners for the Common Good conference (and click here if you also want the four plenary sessions) we come to one given by our Director, Dr. Paul Louis Metzger.  Here is how he describes the session:

Science can do a lot of things, but should it?  Take gene engineering or manipulation for example.  It is important that we affirm science in its advance of the common good, including advances in genetic research.  However, we must also account for ethical considerations that help us discern where such research goes beyond rightful bounds and manipulates human dignity.  Drawing from a variety of ethical traditions in search of a global ethic that affirms the sacredness of all life, this workshop will aim to assist us in accounting for new research in genetic engineering and its import for the advance of the common good while also seeking to provide appropriate ethical parameters and boundaries.

It was a great session and we hope you enjoy listening in!

Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D., is Professor of Christian Theology and theology of Culture, and is the founder and director of the Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah University.  He also serves as Editor of its Journal, Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture and blogs for Patheos at Uncommon God, Common Good. His works include Evangelical Zen: A Christian's Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend; Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths; Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical And Ecumenical Introduction (with Dr. Brad Harper); and Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church.

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