In Scotland, sheep are born with enough frequency...

In Scotland, sheep are born with enough frequency that the birth of another one doesn't usually cause international headlines. But when "Dolly" arrived on the scene, she was big news. The first clone of an adult sheep—or any other mammal—startled the world. Even before the scientific dust had settled, everyone from ministers to editorial writers to comedians was commenting on the implications for human reproduction. People are still puzzling over what her existence tells humanity about life and individuality.

This week, in "The origin of man: biological or spiritual?" ideas are presented that go beyond simply praising or condemning cloning. The author contends that confronting the questions that are raised by discoveries in cloning could help us break away from the traditional, matter-based view of creation. "Being just me," an article for children, carries forward the concept of individual uniqueness. "A higher sense of individuality" tells of the spiritual lessons that come when one moves to a new and different culture.

Also in this week's issue, how to listen for and obey spiritual guidance is examined in various settings in "The inward voice that's always there," "Moral strength," and "Blessings times ten." "Church membership—and joy" speaks of the link between a commitment to spiritual healing and a satisfying relationship with Church. And the editorial, "At peace with our lives," draws on the extraordinary example of a woman in Mississippi who has proved what it means truly to have no enemies.

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The origin of man: biological or spiritual?
May 19, 1997

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