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Based on a theological analysis of major themes of the Catholic faith, however, Walter concludes that germline modification is defensible as consistent with a theological view of God’s creative and redemptive purposes. Lisa Sowle Cahill agrees that germline modification is acceptable for therapy but not for enhancement. Her essay raises questions about the difficult concept of human nature, which she identifies, not with a list of fixed properties grounded in the biology of each individual, but as arising from our sociality, which enables our flourishing when it is characterized by justice.
34 In the last clause, the Mishnah graphically asserts the uniqueness of each and every person, and in the first clause, the worth of each and every person. The two of course are related, for just as an original Picasso is worth more than any of a hundred prints of it and much more than one of a thousand photographs of it, so too the uniqueness of each individual makes him or her all the more valuable than if there were many exactly like him or her. Therefore, if germline modification in any way undermines the uniqueness or worth of the people who are its products, it is to be denied theological and moral legitimacy on those grounds.
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