The Perils of Progress
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012
© 2012 by The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 46–47, January-February 2012
How to Cite
MEILAENDER, G. (2012), The Perils of Progress. Hastings Center Report, 42: 46–47. doi: 10.1002/hast.14
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012
In Contested Reproduction, John Evans outlines the results of a major piece of sociological research he has conducted. Evans suspects that reproductive genetic technologies will be a significant issue in coming cultural conflicts in the United States and that religious perspectives will play an important role in determining the shape these conflicts take. If one believes that we are hopelessly and bitterly divided on such issues, then the shape of our future conflicts may simply pit one entrenched side against another. Evans’ findings suggest that ordinary religious believers in the United States have rather complex views about these technologies—more shades of gray than black or white. He concludes that the coming conflicts may be neither as insuperable nor as hopeless as we sometimes suppose. Serious exchange, and not just caricature or dismissal, may characterize even our deep disagreements.
Perhaps so. But a reading of Progress in Bioethics, a collection of essays edited by Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger, might give one pause here, and not because of anything it reveals about the views of religious believers.