19 August 2010
Day 145: The Bloodlight Chronicles
Bloodlight Chronicles contains an awful lot of sci-fi with not a lot of focus on any one aspect. But Stanton posed an excellent question in the form of Niko, an illegal clone. The basis of the question was whether or not clones would be allowed into heaven (I have to paraphrase for legal reasons and all).
I like this question. Technically a clone is not a god-made being. There is no way for clones to exist except as the very rare identical/paternal twins. But this is more of an instantaneous cloning and has the ability to produce minor variations in genetic material during the process, and the fact that it happens so rarely in nature almost feels like god reaching down to say, "Hah! Look what I can do." That god guy, he's kind of a show-off. I like to imagine him as a combination of Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray in a metaphysical body resembling Billy Gibbons. That's a hell of a lot of ego in one being, omnipotent or no.
In any case, one could argue that god made us in his image, and if god can create intelligent life with a soul, theoretically so can we. This argument doesn't hold up in my opinion. The whole thing that makes god god is the ability to do things we can't...or at least that we shouldn't. I can't say that I'm totally opposed to the idea of cloning humans. If, for instance, a major disease decimated our population, cloning might be a good way to provide additional genetic material. If we somehow lose the ability to reproduce normally as a species, cloning may be the only way to continue the species.
But this doesn't answer the question of whether or not they have souls, and if those souls would be granted access to heaven. I guess it depends on how angry and vengeful your god is. I like to think he's not such a bad guy and grants access to heaven on a case by case basis with brownie points for intent and how you treat your fellow schmucks, regardless of religion, etc. So I like to think that clones would be allowed access to heaven; after all, they didn't choose to have the same genetic material as someone else, but they can choose how to live their lives.
My review can be found on Goodreads.