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Essay on cloning - viewpoints of the major religions.

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Essay on cloning Christianity point of view Roman Catholicism and other Christian religions believe that the soul enters the body at the moment of start when the sperm and egg unite. They feel harvesting cells for embryonic cloning is equal to live human experimentation and contrary to God's will. Further, they maintain producing cloned zombies that are unlikely to survive close to murder. Some Christian conservatives express concern that cloned embryos would have no soul, since it was, in their view, born outside of God's bounds. Other Christian traditions like the United Church of Christ do not believe a fertilized ovum constitutes a person. They believe that cloning can be conducted ethically in order to help treat disease and improve the public health. ...read more.


Muslims point of view Muslims also reject the idea of human cloning. Islam's holy book, the Koran, states that the creation of human beings results from the joining of the reproductive seeds of a husband and wife. Reproductive cloning, which skips this step, is therefore considered unnatural and in opposition to Islam. In 1983 the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences (IOMS) assembled a meeting on the Islamic view of human reproduction and determined that human cloning was not permissible. Buddhist point of view In the Buddhist world view, the earth is a place of suffering in with sickness, old age, and death are unavoidable. The only way to be progress from this world is through enlightenment, the state of full understanding of the nature of existence. ...read more.


It's a Buddhist way of thinking." Jews point of view Judaism holds a fairly positive view of cloning. One of the major beliefs of Judaism is that God wants human beings to use all of their capabilities to improve the health of others. In addition, Jewish law does not recognize the human embryo as a human being. Therefore, cloning, where scientists extract stem cells from embryos, could lead to cures for diseases, most Jewish scholars believe it should be allowed. The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and the Rabbinical Council of America issued a policy statement on cloning stating that because the procedure could lead to cures for devastating diseases, it should be allowed. "The god commands us to treat and cure the ill and to defeat disease wherever possible; to do this is to be the Creator's partner in protecting the people that have already been created," they said. ...read more.

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