Book Review

Humanity's Nature

Nature's End: The Theological Meaning of the New Genetics
by Richard Sherlock
ISI Books, Religion and Contemporary Culture Series, 2010
(230 pages, $25.00, paperback)

reviewed by J. Daryl Charles

Nature's End joins a growing list of cultural commentaries on the "age of technology" and the challenges it poses to our understanding of being human. Many of these, in one form or fashion, owe a conspicuous debt to the pioneering work of people like Hans Jonas (The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age; Mortality and Morality: A Search for the Good after Auschwitz; and Technik, Medizin und Ethik ["On Technology, . . .

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J. Daryl Charles serves as the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology & Ethics. He is author, co-author or editor of seventeen books, including: Wisdom’s Works: Essays on Ethics, Vocation, and Cultural Engagement (Acton Institute, forthcoming), America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2019), Natural Law and Religious Freedom (Routledge, 2018), and The Just War Tradition: An Introduction (ISI Books, 2012). He is a contributing editor to Touchstone.

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