Conception without male or female

Scientists have used stem cells to generate both sperm and egg. This opens the way for conceiving a child without either a father or a mother. See No men OR women needed: artificial sperm and eggs created for first time .

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Jonathan

    We are such a consumer-driven society. Now you can make a baby whenever you want, however you want, and you can abort a baby if you don’t want it.

  • Jonathan

    We are such a consumer-driven society. Now you can make a baby whenever you want, however you want, and you can abort a baby if you don’t want it.

  • Jonathan

    BTW, they used embryonic stem cells for this production.

  • Jonathan

    BTW, they used embryonic stem cells for this production.

  • Kirk

    I’m so glad I’m not a Beta…

  • Kirk

    I’m so glad I’m not a Beta…

  • Arfies

    Is this the genesis in today’s world of the golem? In other words, are such creatures truly human?

  • Arfies

    Is this the genesis in today’s world of the golem? In other words, are such creatures truly human?

  • Orianna Laun

    You know what I find rather ironic? Science can create a baby, but it can’t make formula to feed it that is as nutritious as that which the human body makes naturally (something like formula makers can only replicate 2 aspects of the 200).
    Congratulations to science’s progress, but it has not progressed as far as to replicate God, even though many keep trying.

  • Orianna Laun

    You know what I find rather ironic? Science can create a baby, but it can’t make formula to feed it that is as nutritious as that which the human body makes naturally (something like formula makers can only replicate 2 aspects of the 200).
    Congratulations to science’s progress, but it has not progressed as far as to replicate God, even though many keep trying.

  • Ryan

    Is it human – its DNA would say yes. Better question IMHO – does it have a soul, will it live?

  • Ryan

    Is it human – its DNA would say yes. Better question IMHO – does it have a soul, will it live?

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I think Mary Shelley wrote something about this……

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I think Mary Shelley wrote something about this……

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Of course it–that is, he or she– would have a soul. I don’t think we should start questioning the humanity of these poor fatherless, motherless orphans (should they ever be successfully begotten). That’s how these scientists and the anti-life activists are thinking of them. They have no soul–no one does, as far as that goes–so there is nothing wrong with generating them and then killing them. Dehumanizing embryos and fetuses is at the heart of the pro-abortion, pro-genetic engineering movement, and we dare not buy into that. What we have to worry about is the judgment against the immortal souls of those who so violate human life as to indulge in these kinds of experiments.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Of course it–that is, he or she– would have a soul. I don’t think we should start questioning the humanity of these poor fatherless, motherless orphans (should they ever be successfully begotten). That’s how these scientists and the anti-life activists are thinking of them. They have no soul–no one does, as far as that goes–so there is nothing wrong with generating them and then killing them. Dehumanizing embryos and fetuses is at the heart of the pro-abortion, pro-genetic engineering movement, and we dare not buy into that. What we have to worry about is the judgment against the immortal souls of those who so violate human life as to indulge in these kinds of experiments.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “Without either a father or a mother”? Those stem cells had to come from someone!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “Without either a father or a mother”? Those stem cells had to come from someone!

  • Joe

    “BTW, they used embryonic stem cells for this production.”

    So they destroyed a life to “create” life. Sounds, like the mad scientists have failed to become God -again. This kind of sums it up:

    “One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

    The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”

    God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”

    But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

    The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

    God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”

  • Joe

    “BTW, they used embryonic stem cells for this production.”

    So they destroyed a life to “create” life. Sounds, like the mad scientists have failed to become God -again. This kind of sums it up:

    “One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

    The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”

    God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”

    But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

    The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

    God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”


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