Playing God? Synthetic Biology as a Theological and Ethical Challenge
Systems and synthetic biology 2009 Dec; 3(1-4): 47-54
In the ethical debate over synthetic biology the formula "playing god" is widely used in order to attack this new branch of biotechnology. The article analyses, contextualizes and criticises this usage with respect to the theological concepts of creation, sin and humans as created in the image of God. Against the background of these theological understandings an ethical corridor of how to responsibly cope with the societal challenges of synthetic biology is presented.
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