Human Enhancement and Christianity
Dr. Lawrence Terlizzese — Americans want to be perfect and the science of
Human Enhancement promises to deliver that ideal. Perfect looks, athletic
ability, intelligence, greater productivity, increased longevity and even moral
perfectionism are all within reach or so many think. Human Enhancement is the
current fashionable term for all the new ways to alter the body and mind to
make people more fit and adaptable to the ever changing pace of progress. Human
Enhancement is not an organized school of thought, but a societal-wide trend
aimed at achieving perfection. Drugs can be used to enhance an athlete's
physical performance in order to perfect his swing or increase a student's
intelligence by improving memory and attention span, creating a straight A
student. Cosmetic surgeries make women more beautiful and appear younger. The
right administration of certain drugs will increase empathy in the brain and
help prevent spousal infidelity. Growth hormones given to children make them
taller and increase their chances of success. Sex selection is now possible so
that you can have the perfect boy/girl balance in your family. Eventually
embryos will be screened to remove undesired genes that lead to obesity or
genetic diseases and even determine hair, skin and eye color. You will be able
to custom order the perfect child.
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|MEET THE AUTHOR
|DR. LAWRENCE TERLIZZESE
"Human Enhancement concerns all people. It represents a societal wide movement rather than an organized school of thought. In trying to present this way of life I tried to find the one driving ideal that best expresses the goals of Human Enhancement which I believe is the age-old desire for perfection."
Larry is one of our newest Probe Research Associates. He holds both a Th.M. and Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of two books, Trajectory of the Twenty First Century: Essays in Theology and Technology and Hope in the Thought of Jacques Ellul.
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