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Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement

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With our success in mapping the human genome, the possibility of altering our genetic futures has given rise to difficult ethical questions. Although opponents of genetic manipulation frequently raise the specter of eugenics, our contemporary debates about bioethics often take place in a historical vacuum. In fact, American religious leaders raised similarly challenging ethical questions in the first half of the twentieth century.

Preaching Eugenics tells how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish leaders confronted and, in many cases, enthusiastically embraced eugenics-a movement that embodied progressive attitudes about modern science at the time. Christine Rosen argues that religious leaders pursued eugenics precisely when they moved away from traditional religious tenets. The liberals and modernists-those who challenged their churches to embrace modernity-became the eugenics movement's most enthusiastic supporters. Their participation played an important part in the success of the American eugenics movement.

In the early twentieth century, leaders of churches and synagogues were forced to defend their faiths on many fronts. They faced new challenges from scientists and intellectuals; they struggled to adapt to the dramatic social changes wrought by immigration and urbanization; and they were often internally divided by doctrinal controversies among modernists, liberals, and fundamentalists. Rosen draws on previously unexplored archival material from the records of the American Eugenics Society, religious and scientific books and periodicals of the day, and the personal papers of religious leaders such as Rev. John Haynes Holmes, Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Rev. John M. Cooper, Rev. John A. Ryan, and biologists Charles Davenport and Ellsworth Huntington, to produce an intellectual history of these figures that is both lively and illuminating.

The story of how religious leaders confronted one of the era's newest "sciences," eugenics, sheds important new light on a time much like our own, when religion and science are engaged in critical and sometimes bitter dialogue.

Table of Contents

Fervent charity — Certifying eugenic purity in the churches — Protestant promoters and Jewish eugenics — Eugenicists discover Jesus — Sterilization, birth control, and the Catholic confrontation with eugenics — Twilight converts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198035640
Subtitle:
Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Creator:
Christine Rosen
Author:
Rosen, Christine
Author:
Christine Rosen
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
Theology | American
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christian Life - Political Issues
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Religion and Theology | American
Subject:
Eugenics -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Eugenics - Religious aspects
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion & Theology | American
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040304
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
286

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Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Christianity » Preaching
Religion » World Religions » Religion and Science
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Genetics

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