Articles of Interest: Eugenics, Prenatal Testing, Morality, and Prayer in the Everyday

They’ve done it again. Yes, scientists have accomplished something incredible. And yes, their discovery poses grave ethical concerns that probably won’t be addressed sufficiently and as a result people may well get hurt and lives may well be lost. It seems to go this way. To read more, check out three articles: “New Breakthrough, Scientists Decipher Almost Entire Genome of Unborn Baby,” “Babies Could be Tested for 3500 Genetic Faults”  and “Genetic Screening of Unborn Babies May be Inaccurate.”

Interesting column from David Brooks: We all commit little indiscretions, just enough to keep from feeling too bad about it. Should we be active in curtailing this inevitability, and if so, how? “The Moral Diet

And better than all the rest, two beautiful posts on prayer. One from my friend and fellow Patheos blogger Dilshad Ali, “My Selfish Prayer and Fifth Grade Graduation,” in which she offers a poignant reflection on prayer in the midst of a description of her son, Li’l D, who has autism, and his 5th grade graduation.

And one more by another friend and fellow Patheos blogger who asks where Jesus might be found in the midst of kids and tantrums and never enough time, Micha Boyett’s recent post “When Prayer is Not Cultivated in the Quiet“:

How we cultivate prayer is a mystery. It involves gathering, over days and weeks and months. Connecting with the God in the sacred spaces, even when all the space we have is a mere breath, a gasp for air in a day of movement and noise. We mark ourselves, we remind ourselves to whom we belong.

About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).

Comments

  1. I heard that comments weren’t working so just checking it out myself…

  2. Linda Aalderink says:

    Good information. Thanks Amy Julia!

  3. Abbey Maranes says:

    As a nurse, I think the science here is incredible and the articles are very interesting. But as a mom of a daughter with DS, I cringe at the phrase “genetic faults.” Yikes…


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