The Playing God Argument

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Some groups think that it is ethically wrong to transfer genes from one species to another species. Kaiser (2008) stated, “This attitude is occasionally grounded in a religious belief that it is not up to humankind to violate boundaries that are set by God” (p.3). This line of thought is referred to as the "Playing-God"-argument (Chadwick, 1989) which states, any modification of nature through the addition of new genes is morally unacceptable according to this argument. The argument does not occur in the Bible, but is based on an analysis of God's will (Straughan, 1996). There is one basic hypothesis of the “Playing-God” argument. This hypothesis states God has drawn up invisible boundaries between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of humans.
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