Concordia Theological Monthly

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dna, genetic, cell, life, rna, biological, eugenics, amino acids, creation

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


My comments here are restricted to those biological breakthroughs that will have some theological or moralistic implications. You must, therefore, understand that this restriction eliminates an enormous number of small and some very large advances in the area of basic biological research. Detailed research, for example, on mitochondrial DNA, mechanisms for hydrogenation in photosynthesis, insect photoperiodism, bacterial taxonomy, and phosphorus metabolism by planktonic desmids will all be very exciting and will significantly advance those areas. But there are few if any direct theological; ethical, or philosophical conceptual spin-offs from such studies.

My remarks are structured in three basic areas of the life sciences according to levels of biological organization. These organizational levels are as follows: The Cell; The Organism, and The Environment. Some concerns to which I will refer do not conveniently fall into only one category, but these difficulties will be obvious.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars