Theologically grounding his study in the doctrine of the Incarnation, ethicist Brent Waters presents a study on the moral life of the Christian in relationship to the rapidly advancing field of biotechnology. In, This Mortal Flesh, he argues that in many respects, medicine and/or healthcare often serve as autonomous religions in today's society without respect for it's congruity with Christianity. Waters specifically pinpoints what he sees as the desire to preserve life exhaustively and argues this philosophical approach to medicine is "adverse to core Christian beliefs and convictions." Furthermore, Waters engages the Post Human Project, questioning whether or not Christian ethical thinking has anything to say to those who deny the necessity of human mortality. Engaging, challenging, and eye-opening, this work will be a valuable asset for professors, students, health care professionals, chaplains, pastors and anyone else who has a stake in the direction of modern medicinal bioethics."This Mortal Flesh represents the distillation of much fine thinking. The result is an unusually illuminating display of Christian wisdom concerning technological ambitions that puts in question the meaning of humanity itself."-Robert Song Senior Lecturer in Christian Ethics, Durham UniversityAbout the AuthorBrent Waters (DPHIL, University of Oxford) is Jerre and Mary Joe Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he also directs the Jerre L. and Mary Joe Center for Ethics and Values. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ; has authored, edited, or contributed to many books; and serves on the advisory board of Christian Bioethics
Although a proper concern for health is compatible with Christian faith, recent and anticipated advances in extending human longevity are often based on philosophical presuppositions and religious values that are adverse to core Christian beliefs and convictions. In this solid text, theologian and ethicist Brent Waters reflects on the formation, practice, and meaning of the Christian moral life in light of selected bioethical issues. Theologically grounding his reflections on the doctrine of the incarnation, Waters considers issues such as biotechnology and physical/cognitive enhancement, reproductive technology, human genetics, embryonic stem cell research, and regenerative medicine. He also examines the "posthuman project," exploring what it means to be human in light of the denial of mortality.
Brent Waters (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where he also directs the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ; has authored, edited, or contributed to many books; and serves on the advisory board of Christian Bioethics.