John H. Evans

Sociology of Religion and Science


2018    Morals Not Knowledge: Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict Between Religion and Science.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press

2016    What is a Human?  What the Answers Mean for Human Rights.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press

2010    Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

2002    Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate.  Chicago, IL:  University of Chicago Press.

Journal Articles

2022. “Inquiry, Not Science, as the Source of Secularization in Higher Education.” Sociology of Religion 83 (1): 102-129.

2020. “Who Doesn’t Trust Fauci? The Public’s Belief in the Expertise and Shared Values of Scientists in the Covid-19 Pandemic.” Socius 6:1-13 (with Eszter Hargittai)

2020  “The Theological Debate Over Human Enhancement: an Empirical Case Study of a Mediating Organization.”  Zygon 55(3): 615-637.

2019  “The Scope and Implications of Morals Not Knowledge.Zygon 54 (3): 665-679.

2014  “Faith in Science in Global Perspective: Implications for Transhumanism.”  Public Understanding of Science 23 (7): 814-832.

2013  “Conservative Protestantism and Skepticism of Scientists Studying Climate Change” (With Justin Feng). Climatic Change 121 (4): 595-608.

2013  “The Growing Social and Moral Conflict Between Conservative Protestantism and Science.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52 (2): 368-385.

2011    “Epistemological and Moral Conflict Between Religion and Science.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50 (4): 707-727.

2008  “Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative.”  (With Michael S. Evans).  Annual Review of Sociology 34: 87-105.

2007  “Religion and Reproductive Genetics: Beyond Views of Embryonic Life?”  (with Kathy Hudson).  The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46 (4): 565-581.

2007  “Consensus and Knowledge Production in an Academic Field.”  Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts  35 (1): 1-21.

2006  “Religious Belief, Perceptions of Human Suffering and Support for Reproductive Genetic Technology.”  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 31 (6): 1047-1074.

2002 “Religion and Human Cloning: An Exploratory Analysis of the First Available Opinion Data.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 41 (4): 749-760.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2020  “Possibilities for Future Elite Conflict Between Science and Religion.”  Pp. 191-203 in Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum.  Edited by Fern Elsdon-Baker and Bernard Lightman.  Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

2020  “Biotechnology and the Non-religious Uses of God Talk.”  Pp. 123-137 in Religion and Biopolitics.  Edited by Ulrich Willems and Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann.  Springer International.

2018  “The View on the Street.” Pp. 324-340 in The Warfare between Science and Religion: The Idea That Wouldn’t Die.  Edited by Jeffrey Hardin and Ronald Numbers.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2016  “Future Vision in Transhumanist Writings and the Religious Public.”  Pp. 291-306 In Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Futures and Technological Imaginations.  Edited by J. Benjamin Hurlbut and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson.  Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag.

2012  “Sociology and Christianity,” pp. 344-355 in the Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity.  Edited by James Stump and Alan Padgett.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.  (With Michael Evans)

2010  “Arguing Against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality,” pp. 286-308 in The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion.  Edited by Bryan Turner.  New York, NY: Blackwell. (With Michael S. Evans)

2010  “Science, Bioethics and Religion,” pp. 207-225 in The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion.  Edited by Peter Harrison.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2010  “The Tension Between Progressive Bioethics and Religion,” pp. 119-141 in Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics.  Edited by Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.