In this book noted theologian and ethicist Ted Peters accessibly relates the science of stem cells and regenerative medicine in lay terms as he traces the deeply divided ethical debate to three very different moral frameworks and shows the deepest and legitimate concerns of each, including the secular ethical framework employed in most medical ethics. Peters also offers fundamental theological reflection on this great choice, especially insights from theological anthropology. Peters' work is not only a unique guide but also a real model for how honest, religiously informed ethics can be practiced today.
Table of Contents
The Science of Stem CellsFraming the Public Discussion of Stem Cell EthicsThe Embryo Protection FrameworkThe Nature Protection FrameworkThe Medical Benefits FrameworkThe Research Standards FrameworkTheological Reflections on Human NatureCan Theological Ethicists Help Anybody?
Ted Peters served on the Human Genome Project and teaches systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is an associate of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, for whom he co-edits the journal, Theology and Science. Until recently he served as editor-in-chief of Dialog: A Journal of Theology. He is author of GOD: - The World's Future (rev. ed., 2000, 978-0-8006- 3265-6); and he is co-editor of Bridging Science and Religion (2003, 978-0-8006-3625-8) as well as The Gift of Grace: The Future of Lutheran Theology (2005, 978-0-8006-3686-9).