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-Devotion: Psalm 135

by Dr. D ~ September 30th, 2016

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Today on the ANSWERS Prayer and Devotion page we are reading and praying Psalm 135 . We are praying for the Lord to vindicate His people and His Word.               *Top

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-Christian Biochemist Defends ‘Three-Parent Baby’ Procedure

by Dr. D ~ September 30th, 2016

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(Dr, Fazale Rana: Reasons To Believe)

A Christian biochemist has come out in favor of scientific advances like the new technique which produced the ‘Three-Parent Baby’ and believes that the procedure is defensible from a Christian world view. Not only that, he argues that choosing not to pursue such scientific breakthroughs would actually be "inherently sinful." Here’s the story from PJ Media:

One Christian biochemist argued that choosing not to pursue such scientific advances is actually "inherently sinful."

     "Our mandate as Christians is not only to preserve the dignity and sanctity of human life, to make sure that we’re not producing human life and discarding it,"

Dr. Fazale Rana, who holds a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry and serves as vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe, told PJ Media in an interview on Thursday.

     "To not do things to alleviate human suffering is just as bad in my mind," he added.

Indeed, if there is a new medical development…

     "that doesn’t compromise human dignity and does alleviate suffering, not to pursue that is inherently sinful."

<Read the whole article>

Response: I am happy to have Dr. Rana’s input on this. Especially since he is a biochemist and undoubtedly far more knowledgeable about this new procedure and the potential problems then I may be. Plus, who can and should argue against any scientific advances that help people?

Yesterday I wrote a post on my Apologetica page listing possible ethical problems with this new technique. Dr. Rana does not share my concerns about the “Three-Parent Baby” procedure but advocates for pursuing scientific advances that may alleviate human suffering” in the strongest possible way. I observed in my post that “just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should.” Dr. Rana seems to support a different axiom- “just because something might be used for evil doesn’t meant it shouldn’t be used for good.”

I have to agree with him in this case. This procedure can be used for good. However, if this new technique is ever allowed to be used to produce ‘custom order’ babies then ‘human dignity’ would be compromised and all of my ethical misgivings would apply.

In conclusion, the new technique might be used for good but without any legal controls in place, what is to prevent this procedure (or others based upon it) from being used to produce a modern version of Hitler’s ‘master race’ children (Lebensborn) or to manufacture the perfect DNA for a ‘super soldier’ a la Star Wars?                 *Top

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-Today on ANSWERS Prayer and Devotion:

by Dr. D ~ September 29th, 2016

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Today on the ANSWERS Prayer and Devotion page we are praying through Psalm 134 and asking for all the world and all creation be blessed by the Word of God and the promises and good news of His Kingdom: –Palm 134

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-A Baby with DNA from 3 Parents: Ethical Implications?

by Dr. D ~ September 29th, 2016

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This is being hailed as a scientific breakthrough- a new procedure allowed a baby to be born with DNA from three different people- two women and a man. Here’s the story from New Scientist:

It’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people…

The controversial technique, … allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies…

Read what I have to say about the ethical implications of this new ‘breakthrough’ <on our Apologetica page>               *Top

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-Today on ANSWERS Prayer and Devotion:

by Dr. D ~ September 28th, 2016

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Today on ANSWERS Prayer and Devotion we are praying for unity in the church and revival in America through: – Psalm 133

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