John H. Evans

What is Bioethics?


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

2012    The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press [Paperback 2014]

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

Journal Articles

2023 “Translational Bioethics and Public Input.” Ethics and Human Research 45(4): 35-39.

2020 “The Social Contexts of Religion in the Jurisdictions of Bioethics.” American Journal of Bioethics 20 (12): 1-4

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

2014  “Defending the Jurisdiction of the Clinical Ethicist,” “Response to Callahan and Winslade” and “Power and Jurisdiction”  Journal of Clinical Ethics 25 (1): 20-31, 41-42; 25 (3): 194-195.

2006  “Between Technocracy and Democratic Legitimation: A Proposed Compromise Position for Common Morality Public Bioethics.”  Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (3): 213-234.

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.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2022 “A Critical History of Bioethics.” Pp. 41-49 in The Disability Bioethics Reader. Edited by Joel Michael Reynolds and Christine Wieseler. Routledge

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  “Bioethics: The View from Social Science.” In eLS. (Electronic Life Sciences) John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. (With Lauren D. Olsen)

2016  “Bioethics and Medicalization.” Pp. 241-262 in To Fix or To Heal: Conflicting Directions in Contemporary Medicine and Public Health.  Edited by Joseph E. Davis and Ana Marta Gonzalez.  New York, NY: New York University Press.

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.

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.

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)

2006  “Who Legitimately Speaks for Religion in Public Bioethics?”  Pp. 61-79 in Handbook of Bioethics and Religion. Edited by David E. Guinn.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

2003  “After the Fall: Attempts to Establish an Explicitly Theological Voice in Debates over Science and Medicine after 1960.”  Pp. 434 – 461 In The Secular Revolution: Power, Interest, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life.  Edited by Christian Smith.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

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]