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Ted Peters

Ted Peters

Ted Peters (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and co-editor with Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has just published the 3rd edition of his systematic theology, God--The World's Future (Fortress, 3rd ed., 2015). He is also author of Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2002) and God in Cosmic History (Anselm Academic 2017). He is co-author with Martinez Hewlett of Evolution from Creation to New Creation (Abingdon 2002); Can You Believe in God and Evolution? (Abingdon, 2009). Along with Karen Lebacqz and Gaymon Bennett, he co-authored Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research (Roman and Littlefield, 2008). In 2018, Peters and his CTNS colleagues published Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life (Cascade 2018). He serves on the Standards Working Group (SWG) of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which sets standards for stem cell line derivation, oocyte donation, and related practices. For fictional espionage thrillers that mix science and faith, see Ted Peters, For God and Country  and Cyrus Twelve (both with Apocryphile Press, 2018). See his website:

AstroTheology: Religious Reflections on Extraterrestrial Life Forms

Engaging Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: An Adventure in Astro-Ethics

Will ET End Religion?

Evangelical Atheism: a response to Richard Dawkins

Evolution: What Should We Teach Our Children in Our Schools?

Theistic Evolution: A Christian Alternative to Atheism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design...

Nano-Technology and Nano-ethics

Stem-Cell Debate: Ethical Questions

Stem-Cell Ethics: A Theological Brief


Genetics and Ethics...

Evolution and Providence

Genes and Justice: Introduction

Are We Playing God With Our Genes?

Science and the Three Monotheisims: A New Partnership?

The Cloning and Stem Cell Controversies: Scientific, Theological, and Ethical Issues

Faith and Reason


AB.A., Michigan State University
M.Div. Trinity Lutheran Seminary
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago

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Ted Peters: Are we Playing God with our Genes?