Playing God: Talking About Ethics in Medicine and Technology

Edited by Tony Watkins (Damaris Books, 2006)

As advances in technology push back the boundaries of the possible, are we losing sight of the question of whether it is right to do everything that science makes possible? From (premature) birth to (endlessly delayed) death, more and more decisions have to be made. How can Christians find a way through the moral minefield that new technology presents, and how can we talk about these things in a way that helps, rather than browbeats, our friends? Playing God: Talking About Ethics in Medicine and Technology begins to help readers think about these questions by engaging with recent films, books and television programmes.

A Portuguese translation of this book, Brincando de Deus, is available from Brazilian publisher Editora Hagnos (ISBN 9788524303784).

Book contents

Introduction to the Talking About series by Tony Watkins

Introduction by Nick Pollard

1. Rethinking Life and Death - click here to read this sample chapter
by Nick Pollard

2. I Give You Dominion: A Biblical Perspective on Ethics in Medicine and Technology
by Dr Trevor Stammers

3. Killing Me Softly - Vera Drake and Million Dollar Baby
by Tony Watkins

4. Paddling in the Gene Pool - Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake
by Caroline Puntis

5. Built Free - I, Robot
by Peter S. Williams

6. Docs on the Box - TV medical dramas
by Dr Rebecca Lewis

7. My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult) – Study Guide
by Louise Crook

8. The Island – Study Guide
by Tony Watkins

9. Life after God? The Ethical Teaching of Peter Singer
by Dr Peter May

Background to the quotes

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