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Ethics of Biotechnology

Edited by
Roman J. Miller, Beryl H. Brubaker, and James C. Peterson

Foreword by James F. Childress

Summary: Viewing New Creations with Anabaptist Eyes investigates the promise and perils of current genetic biotechnology. The varied authors describe the factual bases of biotechnology in a popular format, bring up the ethical problems that emerge, and provide ethical reasoning to meet those challenges. An Anabaptist perspective is presented as a visionary way to understand and navigate the maze of bioethical dilemmas.

Authors include (in order of appearance) John D. Gearhart, James C. Peterson, Leslie G. Biesecker, Carole L. Cramer, Roman J. Miller, Conrad G. Brunk, LeRoy Walters, Beryl H. Brubaker, Ruth Swartz Cowan, Kabiru Kinyanjui, Carl D. Bowman, Barbra R. Graber, Laura E. Powers, Arlene G. Wiens, Mike E. Baker, Lawrence E. Ressler, Randall L. Longenecker, Emerson D. Nafziger, Timothy S. Jost, Graydon F. Snyder, Joseph J. Kotva Jr., Stanley M. Hauerwas.

Comment: "Now we finally have a rich resource for examining the implications of the Anabaptist tradition for bioethics, a resource that can be used alongside works from other religious traditions."
—James F. Childress, Director, Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, University of Virginia,
in the Foreword

"It is so good to have a book that brings typical Anabatist concerns and questions to the field of bioethics. These authors emphasize communal discernment in facing tough ethical choices."
—Nancey Murphy, Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary.

"This work on bioethics comes with a passion for integrity. It is an affirmation of the sanctity and the beauty of the created order."
Dr. Myron S. Augsburger, Author of The Robe of God; President Emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University; Evangelist

"An engaging dialogue between scientists and theologically informed Christians from the Anabaptist tradition."
—Dennis Hollinger, President and Professor of Christian Ethics, Evangelical School of Theology

“It becomes crucial for us to acknowledge that this is not nature dumb and dull, this is creation, which means all things have been created to glorify God. We should approach each plant with a kind of reverence because it is making sacrifices so that we may live.”
—Stanley Hauerwas, in a response chapter

Market: cholars and college or graduate students; church leaders and pastors; groups or individuals interested in a thoughtful wrestling with bioethics.

Shelving: Bioethics; Ethics—Anabaptist-Mennonite. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Editors: Dr. Roman J. Miller is the Daniel B. Suter Endowed Professor of Biology at Eastern Mennonite University where he teaches courses in physiology, development biology, philosophy of science, and bioethics. Dr. Beryl H. Brubaker is provost at Eastern Mennonite University. She co-edited Bioethics and the Beginning of Life with Roman Miller. Dr. James C. Peterson is the R. A. Hope Professor of Theology and Ethics at McMaster University Divinity College and a member of the University’s Research Ethics Board. His recent publications include Genetic Turning Points.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Tentative Publication date: October 25, 2005 (copies available now)
Approximate Pages: 306
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $23.95 US, $35.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-32-5

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