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Playing God With Clones

By Scott McDoodle

American Military University

September 13, 2010

PHIL200: Introduction to Ethics

Professor Raines

Human cloning is one of the many controversial subjects in America that is often met with heated debate. Cloning plants and animals has been accomplished with less ethical debate however that still comes with some moral debate. The side effects and general scientific error discovered in some of the plant and animal cloning have caused much reason for concern. Creating a defective clone of a carrot is more morally permissible than creating a human clone that will live a human life with a defect caused by science. With a heavy dose of concern for the long term effects of human cloning, there is also another common argument among the anti-human cloning religious sector. Many of these people claim that cloning, specifically human, is akin to playing God. Anyone who argues human cloning is morally impermissible on these grounds considers the act of human cloning as blasphemous and over stepping man's role in the universe.

The concept that human cloning is "playing God," comes from the unique nature in which religions such as Christianity view human life differently from the rest of creation. According to the Bible, God created man in his image. He also gave man dominion over all other livings things. This gives man a unique status as God's "special" creation. Some Christians may argue that all cloning is considered morally impermissible. Some of those same Christians would also claim that medical intervention for illness is also not part of God's plan. For many Christians that argue specifically against human cloning as playing God, they feel that unnaturally creating a human life is forcing ourselves into God's sovereign realm of creation (Jackson, 1998).

This cannot possibly be stepping into God's...