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From Booklist A wake-up call for religious leaders, this book confronts clergy and laity alike with the perplexing questions surrounding new reproductive technologies, such as surrogate motherhood, genetic engineering, and selective abortion. These technologies can end the heartbreak of infertility, but they can also scramble family relationships, while turning children, surrogate mothers, and sperm-donor fathers into market commodities. Because of such moral risks, some religious leaders have anathematized these new ways to make babies. But Peters hails the new technologies as aids in creating a society freed from the constraints of mere biology, a society committed to fostering the dignity and well-being of each child. It is against the visionary ideals of this new society that the author measures all theological doctrines--classical and contemporary, Catholic and Protestant--governing sexuality, child-bearing, and marriage. This latest volume in the Studies on the Family, Religion, and Culture series will spark widespread interest and heated debate. Bryce Christensen Read more Review 'In For the Love of Children, Peters believes that increased choice is a fact of contemporary American life and that a choice by parents (regardless of number and gender) is urgently needed to make covenant with children, to commit to loving them with a regard equal to or even greater than the parents' own pursuit of their self-fulfillment. In the midst of the possibilities afforded by genetic technology, the love of children must be primary in all decision-making. 'Children,' he urges, 'need commitments and covenants.' And we cannot assume that the marital covenant automatically reaches to children in our choice rich society. Not only are marriages fragile and in need of undergirding covenants; parenthood is equally and additionally demanding. Sociobiology may partly explain why fathers care, but it does not explain why fathers abandon and abuse. People must decide to be responsible; but with such a covenant, parenthood and personal self-fulfillment can be complimentary. Our love of children must be based not on inheritance myths or being made to our specifications, but on the dignity of their promise as citizens of the kingdom of God.' -- Eric Mount, Jr. in Theology Today, April 1998 Read more See all Editorial Reviews