While developments in biotechnology hold immense legitimate promise for medicine and the greater good, they also raise profound moral questions. In a resolution approved at its October meeting, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) offers biblical principles to guide the research and application of biotechnology.
The Biotechnology and Bioethics 2016 resolution also updates prior NAE resolutions on bioethics in light of new developments in the field.
NAE President Leith Anderson said, “This resolution leans on the wisdom of responsible bioethicists who have studied the ethical and moral implications of new biotechnology, offering biblical guidance for Christ-followers as they consider the technology.”
Four biblical principles are highlighted in the resolution:
- All human beings are made in the image of God and therefore have intrinsic dignity that should be respected and honored.
- Life in all human beings is a gift from God and thus inherently holy.
- Biotechnological developments should be motivated by a desire for advancing the health and flourishing of human life and not primarily for financial gain.
- Our faith requires that we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Biotechnological research and interventions must never discriminate against, mistreat, or otherwise take advantage of vulnerable populations.