Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 20, 2001

Whitworth Lecture to Address Theological View of Cloning

Author and educator Ted Peters will lecture at Whitworth as part of a program co-sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation and the American Scientific Affiliation to promote dialogue about science and religion.

Peters will lecture on "Are We Playing God with Our Genes? The Cloning and Stem-Cell Controversies in Theological Perspective" Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. Hosted by Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

Peters is a professor of systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He is the program director for the Science and Religion Course Program at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and has served as the center's board chair and acting director. The center conducts research on the interaction between science and religion, especially physics and biology in relation to the intellectual components within religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Peters served as principal investigator for a National Institute of Health-funded research project, "Theological and Ethical Questions Raised by the Human Genome Initiative" and is editor of Dialog, A Journal of Theology.He has also published numerous papers on bioethics in journals such as Midwest Medical Ethics and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

In addition to publishing articles and book chapters on methodology, physics and cosmology, Peters has authored several books, including God the World's Future: Systematic Theology for a Postmodern Era (2nd Ed., 2000) and Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom (1997).



Adrian Teo, assistant professor of psychology, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4420 or ateo@whitworth.edu.

Kathy Fechter, Department of Psychology program assistant, (509) 777-3707 or kfechter@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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