Technology, Reproduction, and Faith

  • Kevin Wm. Wildes
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 53)


Technology can change everything. Technology opens horizons and makes possible what was once, at best, only imaginable. In so doing technologies can change human practices and, in altering human practices, technologies have the potential to influence and change moral values. While neither good or bad in itself technology changes the way men and women see the world and act in it. In so doing technology can influence what is identified as appropriate and inappropriate moral acts and values.


Donor Sperm Human Practice Surrogate Mothering Moral Challenge Theological Teaching 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Wm. Wildes
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  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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