Justice and Biotechnology

Protestant Views

Authored by: Karen Lebacqz

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch40

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Abstract

Biotechnologies pose challenges for questions of justice. How do Protestants address those challenges? Three complexities confront us immediately. First, Protestants are a diverse lot, encompassing Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, Methodist, and numerous other emendations within the tradition. There will be no single normative Protestant view on any question. Indeed, within one denomination or branch, there will be conflicting views. Some Protestants use specifically religious language and address primarily other Christians; others may use religious terms such as covenant, but generally speak to the public sphere rather than specifically to a Christian audience; still others function in the public sphere without much reference to religious language, though their thinking may have been significantly informed by religious training or conviction. This breadth of approach makes it difficult to know what to count as a specifically “Protestant” view. Here, works by Protestants who do not take a deliberately “religious” approach are included, though the main focus is on those who articulate a theological vision for their views.

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