Christians called to preserve human identity amid scientific advancements

Christian Today Greater consideration must be given to ethics and God as science and technology stride into ever more uncharted territory and society moves further away from a Christian understanding of human identity, says one of Europe’s leading neonatologists.

In a talk sponsored by CARE last night, Professor John Wyatt painted a picture of a world in which the once unthinkable is perhaps just around the corner, as scientists work on things like ‘cures’ for ageing, drugs to suppress unpleasant memories, and all kinds of ‘human enhancement’.

While the huge scientific advances of the last century and particularly the last few decades have prompted some to declare man the new gods, Professor Wyatt warned that the “potential for evil is obvious” as ethical lines are blurred and technology opens up new possibilities for the manipulation of the body and mind.

Among the trends unnerving the University College London professor are the selective killing of female foetuses and infants in parts of the world, and ‘reproductive tourism’, by which wealthy Westerners use women in developing countries as surrogate mothers – a practice he described as “rent a womb”.

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