Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

James Peterson

BA (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL),
MDiv (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary),
MA (University of Iowa), PhD (University of Virginia)

Professor (part-time), Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Schumann Chair in Ethics

Professor, Religion and Philosophy

Director, The Center for Religion & Society


Roanoke College
221 College Lane 
Salem, VA 24153 

Academic Interests

Combining his PhD in Ethics with time as a Research Fellow in Molecular and Clinical Genetics on grant from NIH, as well as service on McMaster University's Research Ethics Board and hospital ethics boards, Peterson has particular interest in the ethics of research, genetics, and clinical practice.

Selected Publications

  1. As editor-in-chief, an editorial for each quarterly issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the peer reviewed journal for sixty-four years of the American Scientific Affiliation and the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, 2012-continuing
  2. "Shaping Life at the Molecular Level," chapter in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, 2012 
  3. "The Religion of Genetics in Epistemology and Ethics," Theology and Science, volume 9, issue 2, pages 213-221, 2011
  4. "Homo Sapiens as Homo Dei: Paleoanthropology, Human Uniqueness, and the Image of God," Toronto Journal of Theology volume 27, issue 1, pages 17-26, 2011
  5. "Some Pains are Worth Their Price: Discerning Pain to Guide its Alleviation," The Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, volume 12, issue 3, pages 182-194, 2010
  6. Changing Human Nature: ecology, ethics, genes, and God, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  7. "The Ethics of the Altered Nuclear Transfer Proposal to Obtain Embryonic Stem Cells" Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 58:4 (December 2006), and following exchange of letters 59:1 (March 2007). 
  8. Viewing New Creations: the Ethics of Biotechnology, co-editors Beryl Brubaker and Roman J. Miller, Telford, PA: Cascadia/Herald Press, 2005.
  9. " Is the Human Embryo a Human Being?" chapter in God and the Embryo, Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2003.
  10. Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.