Human Enhancement Scientific, Ethical and Theological Aspects from a European Perspective

Twenty-six (26) authors contributed to the CSC (now merged with CEC) book Human Enhancement: Scientific, Ethical and Theological Aspects from a European Perspective (PDF).

The authors are from all over Europe: scientists, theologians, ethicists, medical doctors, political scientists. Some are closely working with the Council of Europe or the European Union Institutions. There is also a Roman-Catholic, a Jewish and a Muslim point of view. For many people, the question is how to survive in a dignified way, not to increase well-being and performances beyond current limits. The phrase “human enhancement” should perhaps be abandoned, as misleading from urgent needs towards false expectations and fears, and wrong priorities. But it says much about human soul and dreams. It raises theological questions about concepts like ‘sin’, ‘image of God’ and ‘playing God’, as well as philosophical questions about concepts like ‘goodness’, ‘nature’ and ‘normalcy’.

The editors hope the book will nurture further reflection and debate among many people.

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