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The CRISPR Revolution in Science, Religion, and Ethics
by Arvin M. Gouw and Ted Peters, Editors
February 2024, 132pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7178-8
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CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is not the first genetic editing tool created and made available to scientists, but CRISPR is by far the most efficient, versatile, and easily used genetic editing tool.

This groundbreaking volume will provide a series of original essays by scientists, theologians, religious studies scholars, and ethicists who will offer an authoritative, illuminating, and thought-provoking overview of the CRISPR controversy.

There are moments when genetic science ignites an explosion of public controversy. In the early 1990s, the Human Genome Project, along with Jurassic Park, frightened the world with genetic determinism. The Cloning Controversy of 1997 and the Stem Cell Controversy of 1998 prompted bitter moral stand-offs. The fuse has just been lit for the next explosion, the CRISPR Controversy. The CRISPR Revolution in Science, Religion, and Ethics channels the energy of the explosion into constructive reflection on the implications of this revolutionary science for religion, ethics, and public policy.

While some chapters explain in a readable fashion the science behind the technique of gene editing, others draw out implications for social impact. This volume reviews the history of genomics from 1990 to date with special attention to cloning and stem cell research. Chapters address the significance for understanding human nature within specific religious traditions. Most importantly, selected ethical issues are analyzed: therapy versus enhancement; germ line modification; designer children; patenting; and the long-term effects of gene drive proposals.


  • One of the first comprehensive books on the CRISPR/Cas9 controversy
  • Informs in a clear fashion the science of gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology
  • Includes essays from prominent scientists, theologians, religious studies scholars, and ethicists
  • Forecasts moral and religious concerns once the public begins to engage with the science
Arvin Gouw, PhD, is currently working in the field of theology and science at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. He also co-founded a biotech company, Bacchus Therapeutics, developing cancer-targeted therapies based on his research at Stanford University. Prior to Cambridge and Stanford, he did his research fellowships on science and religion at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. Gouw received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; an MPhil from University of Pennsylvania; an MA in theology from St. Mary's Seminary; and an MA in endocrinology and BA in molecular cell biology from UC Berkeley.

Ted Peters, PhD, is a futurist and scholar who focuses on the interaction between theology and science. Rather than warfare, he pursues a peaceful cooperation between these two great enterprises of the human mind. He co-edits the journal Theology and Science for the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. He has published numerous articles and books on the evolution controversy, the genetic determinism controversy, and the stem cell controversy. He serves as a consultant to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which funds stem cell research, including CRISPR research.
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