E 114 Genetic Engineering for a New Earth: Theology and Ethics of the New Biology


What promise does genetic engineering hold out for the world? How might we evaluate that - what are the scientific, theological and ethical issues involved? What bearing does the biblical tradition of wisdom have on this? A well-structured and accessible exploration.

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Author: Professor Celia Deane-Drummond

Celia qualified originally as a plant scientist, gaining an honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, followed by a doctorate in plant physiology from Reading University. She subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at UBC (Canada) and Cambridge Universities prior to taking up a teaching post in the Botany Department at Durham University. She published over thirty articles in international scientific journals. Her interests moved to theological study and after receiving an honours degree, then a doctorate in theology from Manchester University, she took up a teaching post at The University of Chester in 1994, following completion of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Religious Studies/Science from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research has focused particularly on the interrelationship between Christian theology and the biological sciences and she received a personal Chair in theology and the biological sciences in 2000. She is currently chairperson of the Science and Religion Forum, based in the United Kingdom. She is director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences at The University of Chester. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles in journals including Theology, The Heythrop Journal, New Blackfriars, Studies in Christian Ethics and Ecotheology and contributed chapters to a number of books in the field. She is editor of the journal Ecotheology: Journal of Religion, Nature and Environment. She has authored the following books: A Handbook in Theology and Ecology (SCM Press, 1996), Ecology in J?�rgen Moltmann's Theology (Mellen, 1997), Theology and Biotechnology: Implications for a New Science (Geoffrey Chapman, 1997), Creation Through Wisdom: Theology and the New Biology (T & T Clark, 2000), Biology and Theology Today; Exploring the Boundaries (SCM Press, 2001).The Ethics of Nature (Blackwells, 2004).Genetics and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006) Wonder and Wisdom: Conversations in Science, Spirituality and Theology (DLT, 2006)She is editor of Brave New World: Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome (Continuum/T & T Clark International, 2003). Future Perfect? God, Medicine and Human Identity (Continuum/T & T Clark International, 2006) Teilhard de Chardin on People and Planet (London: Equinox, 2006) She is also co-editor of the following with B. Szerszynski, Reordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (Continuum/T & T Clark, 2003)

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