A Christian Response to Cloning -- By: Aaron C. McNutt

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 19:3 (Summer 2002)
Article: A Christian Response to Cloning
Author: Aaron C. McNutt

A Christian Response to Cloning

Aaron C. McNutt

M.Div./CO Student
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

The Raelians are a group of individuals who have an agenda. Believing that humans were created by alien life forms through genetic technologies, they have recently announced their plans to clone a human being.1 Typically, the Raelians are not the sort of humans the rest of the world takes seriously. This cultist group, however, has gained the assistance of at least two leading geneticists in the pursuit of their goal.2 Although public opinion concerning the cloning of a human at least under current rates of safety and success remains highly negative, the likelihood that some group of scientists is currently attempting to clone a human is most probable.3 Many countries have made cloning illegal. Australia, France, Japan, and Germany have all banned human cloning.4 However, a number of countries including Great Britain have approved human embryo cloning for therapeutic purposes despite complaints that they are treating human embryos as “just another accessory to be created, bartered, frozen or destroyed.”5 Lee Silver, a Princeton University biologist, has commented, “Those who want to clone themselves or their children will not be impeded by governmental laws or regulations. The market place—not government or society—will control cloning.” He continues, “If cloning is banned in one place, it will be made available somewhere else.”6

The rapid progress of genetic engineering has produced what many feel to be revolting possibilities.7 Scientists are forcefully pushing a mostly reluctant world to advance. As a result, evangelicals will undoubtedly be faced with a variety of new and difficult moral struggles. Knowing this in advance, one would be prudent to develop biblically based answers to the questions raised by human cloning. Regardless of the positive outcome, regardless of scientific advances, and regardless of reproductive rights, the Christian must reject cloning experimentation as immoral because it devalues human life, weakens the family institution, and disrespects God’s creative intent.

Some of the more convincing arguments for human cloning focus on final outcomes that have strong emotional ties. These arguments focus on the positive products of cloning while ignoring the intermediate consequences...

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