By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go … not knowing where he was to go.
With test tube in hand, man has solved many big problems. But in the course of laboratory discovery he has also created vast new dilemmas, and the future is as uncertain as ever. Says geneticist V. Elving Anderson, “I doubt that our prospect is really different from that faced by Abraham.”
Anderson is one of a disturbingly few among U. S. scienists who take their Christian commitment seriously enough to grapple with the moral, ethical, and theological consequences of today’s proliferating developments in biology, chemistry, electronics, and technology. His platform last month was a joint meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society and the American Scientific Affiliation on the Chicago campus of North Park College. These two groups are trying to take the lead in meshing the insights of varying disciplines to point the way toward responsible Christian answers for the big new problems.
Increasingly, men of science are being required to make decisions bearing on life and death. Some months ago NBC-TV carried a documentary on a machine which spells life for people suffering from otherwise incurable kidney conditions. The problem is that there are more people who need the machine than can be handled, so an advisory board (including a Protestant minister) determines which applicants will be given treatment and, in effect, which must be left to die.
“We have thought that science would solve all our problems,” says Anderson, “only to find that new questions arise. Those scientists who worked so effectively in the first part of this century to develop means of disease and death control were not fully aware that their success would create ...1
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