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Adam, Eve, and the Genome: The Human Genome Project and Theology.

Adam, Eve, and the Genome: The Human Genome The human genome is the genome of Homo sapiens, which is composed of 24 distinct pairs of chromosomes (22 autosomal + X + Y) with a total of approximately 3 billion DNA base pairs containing an estimated 20,000–25,000 genes.  Project and Theology. Edited by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Augsburg Fortress is the official publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and also publishes for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) as Augsburg Fortress Canada. , 2003. xvi and 200 pages. Paper. $20.00.

This volume assembles informative articles addressing the basics of the human genome projects and pertinent theological opinions. Based on lectures and materials of the course "God, Adam, and Eve: Theology and Science in the Genome Age," this book "is an attempt to provide theological reflection on the human being by means of a dialogue with the newer advances in human genetics Human genetics

A discipline concerned with genetically determined resemblances and differences among human beings. Technological advances in the visualization of human chromosomes have shown that abnormalities of chromosome number or structure are surprisingly
, the Human Genome Project" (p. xii). Beginning with a primer on the speckled speck¬∑led ¬†
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 history shared between religion and science, the first chapter provides the reader with a fundamental understanding of Mendelian and post-Mendelian genetics.

In chapters 2 and 3, theological issues are addressed. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss theological anthropology This article is about theological anthropology. For other uses, see Anthropology (disambiguation).
Theological anthropology is the branch of theology which is concerned with the study of humankind, or anthropology, in relation to the divine.
 and the etiology behind the genome. Chapter 6 enters into the African-American perspective on the Human Genome Project and the American medical system's history of racism. The last two chapters by Thistlethwaite give the reader important points to ponder on determinism and freedom, dualism dualism, any philosophical system that seeks to explain all phenomena in terms of two distinct and irreducible principles. It is opposed to monism and pluralism. In Plato's philosophy there is an ultimate dualism of being and becoming, of ideas and matter. , grace, and community.

First structured as a course and then transcribed into a book, this is an excellent introductory text into the theological viewpoint of the Human Genome Project. Its clear and coherent writing makes it accessible to the pastor and lay leader, providing material for group study in the congregational setting.

Joe Gaston

Chicago, Illinois
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Author:Gaston, Joe
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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