Exploring Personhood 2022

Exploring Personhod: Panel Discussion

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I'm convinced that the doctrine of humanity is the most pressing theological question for the 21st century.

Chip Hardy (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) leads a panel discussion with Carmen Imes, Amy Peeler, Jeff Schloss, Justin Barrett, John Behr, and John Hammett.

This panel was delivered in February 2022 at Exploring Personhood: What Is a Human Being? Exploring Personhood began with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We then invited perspectives from the sciences (biology, genetics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology) and humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology). Our aim was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Imago Dei, the unity and diversity of the human race, and embodiment — all for the glory of God and the good of the world.


  • John Hammett: “I’m convinced that the doctrine of humanity is the most pressing theological question for the 21st century.”
  • Amy Peeler: “There’s no replacing reading our texts slowly and carefully and over and over again.”
  • Jeff Schloss: “God knows who we truly are, even when we’re fuzzy about it.”
  • Justin Barrett: “There’s an assumption that we’re not human until we’re adults…. Children are humans, too.”
  • Amy Peeler: “The Christian story teaches us what it means to be fully human.”

All opinions and views expressed by guest speakers are solely their own. They do not speak for nor represent SEBTS. Read our expressed views and confessions.

This project was made possible through the support of grant #61985 from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s)and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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