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Ten Commandments for a Brave New World

1.  A person is a physical/spiritual being; a human being, by design created in the image of God.

 Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” 1
 
2.  All persons have an inalienable right to life.

 Our right to life is granted by our Sovereign . . . God and therefore can not be abridged by human government.

3.  All human beings are persons at every stage of biological development from fertilization (sexual or asexual) to natural death.

 The continuum of a human being is sacrosanct.2 The personhood of the pre-born is established by God and shall be recognized under law from the moment of potentiality. “All action of intervention, biological or medical, is licit only if its direct or indirect goal is to evaluate, to protect or to restore the health of that person.”3 The dying process shall not be prolonged, nor shall death be hastened.


4.  The human genome is inalienable.

 “It can not be made the object of any ideological or commercial exploitation. No manipulation of the human genome is licit, with the exception of the therapeutic interventions conforming to (these). . .  articles. In the interest of the person, or in that of the descendant or by order of the court, investigations of genetic constitution and biological filiation are licit.”4

5.  The human embryo is inalienable.

 An ex vivo human embryo ... belongs only in a human uterus.5 “No human embryo shall be submitted to any exploitation whatsoever. The pursuit of its continued development until its term, in the organism of the mother, must be offered to each embryo before another embryo is conceived. The donation of embryos is forbidden, and agreements for the procreation or gestation on the behalf of other people is illicit.”6

6.  The human body is inalienable.

 “The products of the human body can be acquired with the agreement of the donor, properly warned of the use that will be made of them. The gift of organs, freely consented to for direct therapeutic purposes for the recipient, must preserve the physical and psychological functions of the donor. The consent of minor or incapable persons, which might be attested by their legal representatives, is submitted to the authority of the judge of the guardians and can be accepted only for regenerable organs. Post mortem surgical removal must maintain the respect due the dead person.”7

7.  Our human dignity is inalienable.

 Significantly changing the identity of an organism by combining human and nonhuman cellular or genetic material (especially at the embryonic or fetal stage) is to be construed as a violation of the dignity of the human person. Human/animal chimeras are illicit. 8Violating the species barrier poses the threat of plague by creating a bridge or disease vector which can not occur in nature. We admit "revulsion is not an argument ... In crucial cases, however, repugnance is the emotional expression of deep wisdom, beyond reason's power fully to articulate it.... Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder."9

Genesis 1:24 (ESV) And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kind1s—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 10

8.  Mankind shall not create a person in his own image.

 The Transhumanist objective of replacing  “homo sapiens” with "homo perfectus" through genetic or mechanical transformation, thereby creating a new and distinct human species shall be prohibited when the enhancements are capable of being sexually reproduced into succeeding generations (germline intervention).

Genesis 1:27 (ESV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.11

9.  Technology to improve aging and longevity must be available to all.

 Advances in medical technology to delay death and the aging process will result in persons (GenRich) of wealth and power forming an oligarchy whose tyranny could ultimately last forever, unless such advances are extended to all.       

“In fact, if the rich could hire others to die for them, we, the poor, would all make a nice living!”12

10.  Eugenics as a policy of the State shall be prohibited in all instances.

 Throughout history eugenics has been used to "purify" the human race of the unwanted.

 Historically, eugenics has been used to justify state-sponsored discrimination, force sterilization of persons deemed genetically defective, kill the institutionalized population and, in some cases, genocide of races perceived as inferior. A standard was set by man determining who was worthy of life and dignity and who was not. Those that did not meet the mark were treated as non-humans undergoing experimentation, tortures, and death.


[1]Anchor  The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2]Anchor Genesis 2:7 “the Lord God formed the man of ?dust from the ground and ?breathed into his ?nostrils the breath of life, and ?the man became a living creature. (ESV)

[3]Anchor A Symphony of the Preborn Child, Martin Palmer, NAAPC, 2001, pg. 84, Quoting Dr. Jerome LeJeune.

[4]Anchor Palmer, pg. 84

[5] AnchorPresident's Council on Bioethics, Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies (Washington, DC: President's Council on Bioethics, 2004), 221.

[6]Anchor Palmer, pg. 84

[7]AnchorIbid

[8]Anchor The Science of Chimeras and Hybrids: Combining Humans and Nonhumans, Tara Seyfer,  The National Catholic Bioethics Center

[9]Anchor Leon R. Kass, "The Wisdom of Repugnance," in Leon R. Kass and James Q. Wilson, The Ethics of Human Cloning (Washington, DC: AEI Press, 1998), 17-19.

[10]Anchor  The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[11]Anchor  The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[12]Anchor Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein