Should Humans Play God?
Cloning is wrong — humans shouldn’t play God.
This may be a Q1 violation if you cannot define what constitutes "playing God."
This may be a Q2 violation if you would not consider immoral actions that other people might consider exclusively the domain of God.
If there are certain actions that are solely the domain of God, then a human performing one of those actions would be "playing God." For example, some people hold that creating life (other than engaging in normal sexual reproduction) is something that only God should do. If that is the case, then which (if any) of the following would you consider to be playing God?
- In vitro fertilization.
- Genetically modifying a naturally conceived child.
- Using a sperm donor.
- Cloning a human.
- Cloning an animal.
- Selectively breeding plants or animals.
- Modifying your body to make it more attractive (e.g., tattooing, ear piercing).
- Surgically modifying your body to make it more attractive (e.g., breast implants, hair plugs, face lift).
- Surgically modifying your body to repair damage done in an accident (e.g., repairing a severely burned face).
At the other end of the spectrum, would interfering with God’s ability to create life also be immoral? For example:
- Using contraception.
- Not using contraception but using the rhythm method to try to avoid pregnancy.
- Having sex for entertainment purposes only.
- Using a certain position that you heard makes it more likely that you’ll conceive a boy.
- Taking a "morning after" pill.
- Getting a vasectomy.
- Not seeking treatment for infertility.
If creating life is solely in God’s domain, would any of these items also be solely in His domain?
- Taking life.
- Curing disease.
- Saving people from natural disasters.
- Saving animals from extinction.
- Creating light.
- Judging right and wrong.
You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.