John H. Evans

The Ethics of Human Gene Editing


2020    The Human Gene Editing Debate.  New York: Oxford University Press

2017    Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance.  Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. (Co-authored with 21 members of the National Academies Committee on Human Gene Editing.)

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

2021 “Setting Ethical Limits on Human Gene Editing After the Fall of the Somatic/Germline Barrier.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (22)

2020 “Can the Public Express Their Views or Say No Through Public Engagement?” Environmental Communication 14 (7): 881-885.

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

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.

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

2005  “Opinions about New Reproductive Genetic Technologies: Hopes and Fears for Our Genetic Future.” (With Kalfoglou AL, Doksum T, Bernhardt B, Geller G, LeRoy L, Mathews DJH, Doukas D, Reame N, Scott J, and K Hudson.) Fertility and Sterility 83 (6): 1612 – 1621.

2004  “John Evans Responds.” [Response to Childress, Hauerwas, Stout and Meilaender.]  Symposium on Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate.   Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 24 (1): 204-217.

2003  “A Brave New World?: How Genetic Technology Might Change Us.”  Contexts 2 (2): 20-25.

[Reprinted in pp. 353-360 of The Contexts Reader, edited by Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper.  2008.  New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company.]

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2019  “The Dismal Fate of Flourishing in Public Policy Bioethics: A Sociological Explanation.”  Pp. 46-58 in Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing.  Edited by Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston.  New York: Oxford 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.

2013  “‘Teaching Humanness’ Claims In Synthetic Biology and Public Policy Bioethics.”  Pp. 177-204 in Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature.  Edited by Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2009  “Bioethics and Human Genetic Engineering.”  Pp. 349-366 In The Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era.  Edited by Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner and Margaret Lock.  London: Routledge. (With Cynthia Schairer)

2008  “Religion, Conceptions of Nature and Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy.”  Pp. 87-108 in Altering Nature, Volume Two: Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy.  Edited by B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody and Gerald P. McKenny.  New York: Springer

1999  “The Uneven Playing Field of the Dialogue on Patenting.” Pp. 57-73 in Perspectives on Genetic Patenting: Religion, Science and Industry in Dialogue, edited by Audrey R. Chapman.  Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science Press.

[Revised and Reprinted in Claiming Power over Life: Religion and Biotechnology Policy, edited by Mark Hanson.  2001.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.  Pp. 53-71]