Dr. James Peterson

Dr. James C. Peterson

Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics
Roanoke College
West Hall 307
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 375-4919



Director, Benne Center for Religion & Society 

Editor-in-Chief, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the sixty-six year academic journal of the American Scientific Affiliation

Ethicist, LewisGale Regional Health Care System

Faculty, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Ethicist, Southwest Regional Preparedness Alliance


Most recent 

As Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, each issue screen proposed articles, select for peer review, guide author rewrites, decide journal content, supervise typesetting, and lead with an editorial. 300 pages of journal double-column text each year, 2011-continuing

"Genetic Intervention," Journal of Lutheran Ethics, volume 12, issue 6 (November/December) 2012 

“The Religion of Genetics in Epistemology and Ethics,” Theology and Science, volume 9, issue 2, pages 213-221, 2011

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

“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



Changing Human Nature


The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

  Genetic Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Genes?
  Genetic Turning Points
  God and the Embyro
  On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics
  Viewing New Creations with Anabaptist Eyes


Most recent invited lectures

Plenary, annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, Ontario
Continuing Medical Education, Carilion Hospital System, Roanoke, Virginia
Plenary, annual meeting of the American Scientifc Affiliation, Nashville, Tennessee
Continuing Medical Education, Carilion Hospital System, Roanoke, Virginia
Plenary, annual meeting of the Candian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, Ontario
Plenary, annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, San Diego, California
AED Induction, Roanoke College
Booth University College, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia
Society of Christian Ethics, Washington, D.C.
University of Waterloo, Ontario
Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario
Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Ontario
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia
King’s University College, Edmonton, Alberta
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
Philadelphia Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Awards and Fellowships including

Elected by members to the International Society for Science & Religion, Cambridge University
Charles and Helen Schumann Chair in Christian Ethics, Roanoke College
Fellow, Faculty of Theology, McMaster University Board of Governors
R. A. Hope Chair, Divinity College, McMaster University
Teaching Award, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, CA
Fellow for a Science and Theology Project convened by faculty of Oxford University
Fellow in Molecular and Clinical Genetics, grant funded by National Institutes of Health
Fellow, American Scientific Affiliation
Teaching Award, John M. Templeton Foundation
Louisville Institute Research Fellowship
Teaching Award from the Student Government of Wingate University
C. C. Dickson Chair, Wingate University
Spivey Award for Teaching, Wingate University
Jessie Ball duPont Foundation grant for mentoring student research
Luce Scholar, Henry R. Luce Foundation
Davidge Fellow, University of Virginia
Dupont Fellow, University of Virginia
Commonwealth Fellow, University of Virginia
Richard M. Weaver Fellow, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Commencement Address, GCTS of the Boston Theological Institutes
Byington Fellow, GCTS of the Boston Theological Institutes