Francis Collins: Human Embryo Gene Editing


I would be interested to hear what Christians have to say on this topic. Within Christian theology there is a wide spectrum of views as it relates to the intersection of the material body and the eternal soul. What does it mean to the soul if we edit a physical and material genome? Is there complete separation between the body and the soul, or is there some interplay between the two? If we are made in God’s image, does that also apply to our genome?

I certainly don’t think there is a clear or definitive answer to these questions, but they are certainly questions that are taking on new importance as this technology improves.