David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Bioethics 27 (1):36-47 (2013)
Some religious believers may see synthetic biology as usurping God's creative role. The Catholic Church has yet to issue a formal teaching on the field (though it has issued some informal statements in response to Craig Venter's development of a ‘synthetic’ cell). In this paper I examine the likely reaction of the Catholic Magisterium to synthetic biology in its entirety. I begin by examining the Church's teaching role, from its own viewpoint, to set the necessary backround and context for the discussion that follows. I then describe the Church's attitude to science, and particularly to biotechnology. From this I derive a likely Catholic theology of synthetic biology.The Church's teachings on scientific and biotech research show that it is likely to have a generally positive disposition to synbio, if it and its products can be acceptably safe. Proper evaluation of, and protection against, risk will be a significant factor in determining the morality of the research. If the risks can be minimized through regulation or other means, then the Church is likely to be supportive. The Church will also critique the social and legal environment in which the research is done, evaluating issues such as the patenting of scientific discoveries and of life
|Keywords||synthetic biology biotechnology biosecurity Catholic Church and science biosafety theology and science religion and science|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Ute Deichmann, Michel Morange & Anthony S. Travis (2013). Editors' Introduction to Special Issue. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 55 (4):470-472.
Kevin D. O'Rourke & Philip Boyle (eds.) (1999). Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings. Georgetown University Press.
Amy Gutmann (2011). The Ethics of Synthetic Biology: Guiding Principles for Emerging Technologies. Hastings Center Report 41 (4):17-22.
John I. Glass (2013). Synthetic Genomics and the Construction of a Synthetic Bacterial Cell. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 55 (4):473-489.
Donald W. Wuerl (2004). Academic Freedom and the University. Newman Studies Journal 1 (1):20-28.
Maurice Blondel (1964/1965). The Letter on Apologetics. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Michel Morange (2013). Synthetic Biology: A Challenge to Mechanical Explanations in Biology? Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 55 (4):543-553.
Benedict M. Ashley (1994). Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook. Georgetown University Press.
Henk van den Belt (2009). Playing God in Frankenstein's Footsteps: Synthetic Biology and the Meaning of Life. [REVIEW] Nanoethics 3 (3):257-268.
Christophe Malaterre (2009). Can Synthetic Biology Shed Light on the Origin of Life? Biological Theory 4 (4):357-367.
Philip Ball (2010). Making Life: A Comment on 'Playing God in Frankenstein's Footsteps: Synthetic Biology and the Meaning of Life' by Henk van den Belt (2009). Nanoethics 4 (2):129-132.
Added to index2011-04-30
Total downloads20 ( #70,463 of 1,013,168 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #64,884 of 1,013,168 )
How can I increase my downloads?