Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 406–407 | Cite as

Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church

Edited by John Swinton and Brian Brock. T&T Clark, London, 2007, 264 pp., $130.00 hardback, $34.95 paperback
  • John M. Quillin
Book Review

What does it mean to have a disability? Who comprises the “target audience” for genetic counseling services, and what are its goals? While these questions are not new to genetic counselors, the authors of Theology, Disability and the New Genetics ask them from Christian theological perspectives. Provocative, and perhaps controversial, this attempt at science–religion dialogue may be useful for health providers to learn some theological perspectives, and perhaps for Christian theologians to glimpse the world of genetics.

The book is the outcome of a 2005 symposium at University of Aberdeen Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. It is an edited volume of individual chapters written by (mostly) theologians (one self-identifying as having a disability), ethicists, a neonatal nurse who is the mother of a child with Down syndrome, a couple of physicians, and a virologist/geneticist. Divided into four main sections, the book includes discussion of various definitions and views of...


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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human and Molecular GeneticsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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