‘Stop trying to play God!’

There’s a lot of empty rhetoric floating around in light of the immense achievement of Craig Venter. Most of it is coming from anti-science conservatives, as one might expect. The Catholic Church is no exception.

Another official with the Italian bishops’ conference, Bishop Domenico Mogavero, expressed concern that scientists might be tempted to play God.

“Pretending to be God and parroting his power of creation is an enormous risk that can plunge men into a barbarity,” Mogavero told newspaper La Stampa in an interview. Scientists “should never forget that there is only one creator: God.”

“In the wrong hands, today’s development can lead tomorrow to a devastating leap in the dark,” said Mogavero, who heads the conference’s legal affairs department.

What makes this interesting is that the Church keeps urging caution for where this will all lead. But if they think Venter is playing God, then we already have a good answer: it will lead to terribly designed organisms which have a lot of junk, non-sense organ routes and parts, and which are bound to the mistakes found in their ancestors – unless of course we keep failing and cause 99% of everything we create to go extinct.

4 Responses

  1. But is the bishop wrong? Ventor himself says roughly the same about what could happen in the wrong hands. If you take out the religious rhetoric about God being the creator; the rest is a valid concern.

    “Pretending to be God and parroting his power of creation is an enormous risk that can plunge men into a barbarity,”

    It could be our end. In the 50’s and 60’s our “future” destruction lay with physics. In a few years, if care is not exercised, we could find ourselves fearing biological attacks instead of nuclear ones. (I know we already do to some extent)

  2. The bishop ought to know. He and his fellow dress wearing cronies have been playing at godness for thousands of years.

    Never listen to morality or ethics from the church – they have a complete lack of morality.

    Let the church and other religions clean their own houses before speaking about others. They are the largest threat to ending life on this planet.

  3. Sure, they might be a threat. I still think weapons capable of widespread death and destruction are more serious a threat.

    Practically every innovation has positive and negative consequences. The race to develop “the bomb” gave us nuclear power and, of course, nuclear weapons.

    Ventors work could cure a great many diseases and genetic disorders eventually but it could also lead to exciting new weapons for warfare or who knows what else.

    There is always give and take, asking the question “what could go wrong” or “how could this be used for destruction” is always required no matter what vices the questioner has in your opinion.

  4. Scientists “should never forget that there is only one creator: God.”

    I think most of them already did. Bishop Whatshisface is a little too late.

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