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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 ' ii!!!00ii urself in Job's shoes EUGENE E S.S.S. Service Creator of the uni- have to be God. We the Creator. That is the of Job. He also had won- 0n and rea- Was an extraordinary call him a Renais- )n and realm of mystery. But the enormity of the probe the mystery as go with his friends God plans like a man; you, and you tell me the have understanding" that Job was not mystery, as does these mysteries in the Bible. the Bible says, science? A lot of their question of Genesis. the world in seven know that the universe has been around for millions of years! And how about evolution? Can a good Christian believe in evolution? The Bible says God created the first human beings! We respond that faith in the Bible and science are not contradictory. We can believe in God's word in the Bible, and we can hold on to scientific discoveries. But, in explaining such a position, some people tend to reduce the Bib!e to a quasi-scientific book. For example, they might re-present each of creation's seven days as an era, thus attempting to show that the Bible does not contradict science. The Bible and science, however, are not on the same level. Both account for the world's origins, but in very different ways. Biblical faith tells about the mystery behind scientific explanations. The Bible's inspired human authors believed in God, a living, uncreated God, revealed in the life of their ancestors. That God is the source of everything we see, explore or study, even with scientif- ic methods. Science approaches the world from the point of view of reason using controlled observation and experimentation. For people of faith, science gives a glimpse of how God created the world. When I read about DNA, for example, I praise God for the wonders of the life God created. We today are much like Job. We under- 'stand awesome things with the help of science, but we are not God. Father LaVerdiere is a Scripture scholar and senior editor of Emmanuel magazine. "We ,today are much.|flke Job,." says | Blessed 'ntther,,= ne-: LaVerdiere, a Scripture scholar. "We understand awesome thlnss With he '' l help of science, but we are not God." -- CNS photo of Paul Gustave Dore sket ch if so, who is Sci- tes the likeli- clones for the cells or genetic the benefit of those who control (or can pay for) the cloning process. One does- n't have to be an alarmist to see the evil in this scenario. At present no one knows the long- term effects of cloning. There may be abnormal developments, mutations and other physiological mishaps that no one Marketplace point: questions do teachers in Catholic high schools hear from young of faith and science? from readers: anyone a me with the question of how what we study in their faith, and I've even taught science in a seminary. ... after studying physics, said things were too complex to it confirmed his faith in God." -- Larry Russell, St. Louis, Mo. : high school students, I think the questions we hear are how and might fit into their idea of how God created the universe, are seniors they've internalized their concept of faith and have of questions." -- Sister Veronica Beato, ASCJ, St. Louis, Mo. : How can you be a scientist and believe in God revolves around how does the church view evolu- assumption that the church has trouble with the con- -- James Warren, Los Angeles, Calif. Those who mourn will be comforted, it is written. . who mourned? for possible publication, please write: Faith Alive! 3211 , D.C. 20017-1100. is prepared to handle. These unknown, unforeseen conse- quences lead to a third set of issues with cloning that touch on human life's meaning. A human being is a complex creature who weaves together the many experi- ences of life in forming a distinct self. Genetic makeup is a very important part of this process. But will someone who has been predetermined by others to have the same genetic makeup as anoth- er person be able to form an adequate sense of self or develop a distinct per- sonality? And to what extent will a cloned per- son feel the self-determination which underlies human freedom, creativity, responsibility and moral character? In the photo seen around the world Dolly appears to be staring at the view- er, confused by everything that hap- pened to her. Human beings cannot afford the same reaction to human cloning. It is time to consider the impli- cations. Father Kinast is the director of the Center for Theological Reflection, Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. Sometimes science fiction doesn't seem like fiction anymore. We're given lots of opportunities these days to feel that we've joined the cast of "Back to the Future." After the cloned sheep Dolly made the news, talk quickly turned every- where to the possibility-- likelihcxxi? -- of human cloning. The topic seemed like grist for Hollywood's mill -- subct material for entertaining films. But I couldn't help wondering:. How long will it be until... ? I'm not being humble when I say that one of me is surely enough. I doubt my family would know what to do with three or four cloned versions of me. Do they want to meet me coming and going?! Dolly was cloned just when my youngest child was leamin 8 genetic code in school. [ felt it was a mighty-mature project for ninth mt . essential. For in this back-to-thehare age, t to leave scientific knowledge to others. ,:: More and more, I think, we're going to  m: something like cloning -- how it works ll- lic discussions about whether huma