- Introduction: Religion and Ecology—What Is the Connection and Why Does It Matter?
- The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality
- The World of Nature according to the Protestant Tradition
- Jainism and Ecology: Transformation of Tradition
- Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being
- The Greening of Buddhism: Promise and Perils
- Daoism and Nature
- Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision
- Religion and Ecology in African Culture and Society
- Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology
- Population, Religion, and Ecology
- Genetic Engineering and Nature: Human and Otherwise
- So Near and Yet So Far: Animal Theology and Ecological Theology
- Religious Ecofeminism: Healing the Ecological Crisis
- Science and Religion in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
- Religion and Ecology: Survey of the Field
- The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing
- Religion, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Ecology
- Religious Environmentalism in Action
- Religion and Environmental Struggles in Latin America
- African Initiated Churches as Vehicles of Earth-Care in Africa
- The Scientist and the Shepherd: The Emergence of Evangelical Environmentalism
- Religion and Environmentalism in America and Beyond
Abstract and Keywords
Evolution introduced the notion of change into the world of biology and also culture. Prior to this time, the dominant understanding of reality was governed by a static concept of reality. Clearly within this framework, we know that things grew and developed, and thus there were clear signs of change. Stasis was the dominant philosophical framework in which all life was understood. This sense of stasis extended from the biological to the social. Not only were species stable, so too were social classes. This article discusses the link between genetic engineering and nature, focusing on transgenics and traditional images of modeling human responsibility. In particular, it examines stewardship, the concept of created cocreator, playing God, reductionism, scientific materialism, and the transcendent potential of matter.
Thomas A. Shannon is professor emeritus in the department of humanities and arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books on bioethics and social justice, including The New Genetic Medicine; Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War; and Introduction to ContemporaryBioethics. He is the editor of a series of readers in bioethics published by Sheed and Ward: Reproductive Technologies; Death and Dying; Health Care Policy; and Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy. He is an associate editor of Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentary and Interpretation.
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