"Clones are often depicted not as unique individuals but as ‘spare parts,’ providing organs for the clone’s original."

Cloning is one of the more controversial subjects amongst conservative Christians, as it is believed that natural conception is the beginning of life. With this as a foundational principle, it is believed that people should not be playing the role of God by artificially inducing it. In this book, however, the author not only puts forth a case for it to be considered a viable option but also that it is inherently sacred.

The author lays the foundation for the case by first describing the seven sacraments that are recognized by Catholicism and some Christian sects. It is through this that the author then puts forth the case for cloning to be considered an eighth sacrament. The book then delves into the concept based on the premise that if humans are made in the image of God, then clones would be just as much children of God as those conceived naturally. Once this is established, the author then continues to outline both the benefits and concerns over cloning in the current societal climate with the buy-in from Christians.

The book itself is thorough and rich with facts that demonstrate the careful analysis and time the author took to research this contentious subject. While the book weaves a complex discourse, the section on the other religions, while informative, distracts from the main topic of cloning. Nonetheless, it can be viewed as a rich vein of information to a reader hungry to learn about other faiths. Overall, this is a provocative and informational read that will appeal to those who are aiming to gain a better understanding of how cloning interlocks with both faith and society.

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