Title

The Last Shall Be First: Human Potential in Genetic and Theological Perspectives

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

18 p.

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Theology and Science

Source ISSN

1474-6700

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1080/14746700.2011.563587

Abstract

The notion of “human potential” provides a fruitful window through which to explore the competing conceptual frameworks of contemporary genetics and Christianity. The contemporary cultural frame of genetics conceives of human potential in a broadly positive manner: the source of personal and societal flourishing is located within individual bodies, waiting to be identified and unleashed by genetic science and medicine for the good of persons and society. In the Judeo-Christian narrative, human individual, biological potential is far less relevant—and, in fact, may be construed as an impediment to the achievement of personal and social flourishing. Implications for the dialogue between genetics and religion are discussed.

Comments

Theology and Science, Vol. 9, No. 2, (2011): 223-240. DOI.