chapter  14
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Genetic Engineering in Theology and Theological Ethics

WithAnthony Dyson

My purpose in this essay is to give some account of the ways in which Christian theology and Christian ethics try to contribute to the debate about genetic engineering. There is in fact a large corpus of material on this topic, but some of it is repetitive. For the most part I shall analyse and quote from two authors and from a small number of ‘church reports’ which effectively point both to divisions of opinion and to consensus about resources and methodology. I am well aware that more, or different, reports could have been called in evidence. But, working here on a small scale, I think is sensible to confine myself in the way in which I have done. Moreover, there are a limited number of theological-ethical arguments and a limited number of methodological options, even if they come in different guises.