Generations, Genesis, and Genetically Engineered Plants: Fall and Salvation Narratives that Question The Goodness of Creation
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As salvation and fall narratives predominate the arenas of both theology and biotechnology, the author presents here an exploration of the ethical and ecological implications of such narratives as they aim to moderate the relationship of human beings to God, Earth, and each other. There is real evidence for concern over the ecological threats created by the genetic engineering of plants. The “feed the world\" biotech salvation narrative might not save humankind from starvation, as it glosses over its own form of idolatry, namely, the worship of the market God. What sort of goodness can be found in or made of \"creation,\" one might ask, while pondering the problems and potentials arising out of two competing models for ethics, that of Prometheus and that of Gaia.