Religion Would Adjust To Artificially Produced Sperm And Eggs

The link discusses work being done toward lab-produced human sperm and egg cells. As I understand it, artificially produced sperm cells have been produced for mice. The scientist is confident human versions will be available eventually, perhaps with both sperm and eggs.

I’ve read the Catholic Church does not approve of human eggs fertilized in petri dishes. This is done everyday and brings joy to couples who otherwise would not have babies. The site I looked at said Catholics are among the religious couples using in vitro fertilization. Like birth control which most Catholics practice, the Church thinks it has an obligation to make judgments about peoples’ personal decisions.

The Catholic Church, like other branches of the faith, claims to hold steadfastly to its principles while accommodating all kinds of violations. If it held fast to its condemnation of birth control and kicked out those who practice it there would be almost no Catholics left. Its clergy would starve.  That is why we see accommodation to both birth control and in vitro fertilization.

If for some reason artificially produced human sperm and egg cells became a common practice we could expect the Church not to approve but accept in good standing members who used this procedure. Religion is a business.

If history is a guide, we can expect unheard of technological advances in reproduction. We can expect religion to accommodate these advances.

The conservative branch of Christianity preaches it does not change while it continues to change.

8 Responses

  1. Rob

    Two days ago world population was going to plummet to 500,000.
    Today you’re touting the advancements being made in reproduction.
    Lol. Never a dull moment here. Who needs Conan or Kimmel?

  2. unregenerate

    Jon Lindgren 1.2.2018
    “If for some reason artificially produced human sperm and egg cells became a common practice we could expect the Church not to approve but accept in good standing members who used this procedure. Religion is a business.”

    To speculate further, let us suppose latter-day biological alchemy facilitates the “Return of the Homunculi” and fosters a new age of preformationism whereby an artificial fully formed miniature version of ourselves is contained in one of the germ cells. I suspect the spermatozoon would be the germ cell of choice for The Church. At fertilization embryonic development would proceed simply by nurturing the growth of the homunculus rather than fetal development from an undifferentiated mass of cells. What a blessing that would be to the zygote zealots and their campaign for personhood of an embryo. To the wink, wink, nudge, nudge for violations of some of the stringent reproductive prohibitions of many religions we can add a permissive smile of accommodation to the condemnation.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homunculus

    1. unregenerate 7:59 …and fosters a new age of performatization whereby an artificially formed miniature version of ourselves is contained in one of the germ cells.”

      The church, many versions of the church, would say, “When filling out the attributes you want in you child, be sure to check the ‘religious’ box, not ‘atheist’. This conforms to the new version of Natural Law you can read about on the denomination’s website.”

  3. The fact that the Catholic Church is doing well, while still proclaiming the sinfulness of artificial birth control, artificial inseminatation, masturbation, pre-marital sex, extra-maritial sex divorce tells me that people are drawn to unchanging rules that have stood the test of time and logic. Other Churches that base their decisions on what seems economically rational, are the ones that suffer the most.

    My surgery went well. My body is sorer than Evil Knievil after a tough day at the office. I spent nearly 5 days in the hospital on wonderful drugs like fentanyl, dilaudid and oxycodone. I only spent 2 days on fentnyl, 3 days on dilaudid and am still on osycodone in addition to some non-narcotic pain relievers.

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