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Religions 2017, 8(5), 84; doi:10.3390/rel8050084

Moral Bioenhancement through An Intersectional Theo-Ethical Lens: Refocusing on Divine Image-Bearing and Interdependence

School of Religion, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 2N6, Canada
Academic Editor: Noreen Herzfeld
Received: 5 February 2017 / Revised: 19 April 2017 / Accepted: 26 April 2017 / Published: 8 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the New Technologies)
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This article begins with a brief interrogation of the meanings of moral and virtue. Next, an intersectional Christian theo-ethical lens focusing on humans as divine image-bearers is used to generate critical insights regarding the influence of extreme individualism on approaches to moral bioenhancement. This alternative lens emphasizes the interdependence of life, and the contextual character of moral dispositions. The questions of what it means to be creatures bearing the imago dei and making moral choices, is at the center of this exploration. The author concludes that while there may be justifiable exceptions, for now moral bioenhancements are unwarranted. Moral improvement will be better achieved through more effective educational strategies, and possibly spiritual enhancements, that are geared toward appreciation for the interdependence of all life. View Full-Text
Keywords: choice; Christian theology; intersectional theology; justice; moral bioenhancement; theological anthropology; virtue choice; Christian theology; intersectional theology; justice; moral bioenhancement; theological anthropology; virtue
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Trothen, T.J. Moral Bioenhancement through An Intersectional Theo-Ethical Lens: Refocusing on Divine Image-Bearing and Interdependence. Religions 2017, 8, 84.

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