Exploring Personhood 2022

Jeff Schloss: “Spectacular Outliers?” – Bioscience, Human Exceptionalism, and the Telos of Love

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The consensus in biology is not that there's nothing unusual about humans, but that there is.

Jeff Schloss (Westmont College) discusses current scientific literature, reflects on its striking consonance with traditional Christian views of human exceptionalism and moral telos, and also considers the risks – to science, to theology, and to Christian witness – of cherry-picking science to fit theological precommitments.

This talk was delivered on Thursday, February 10 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.

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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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Jeff Schloss

Jeff Schloss is Distinguished Professor of Biology and T.B. Walker Chair of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he directs the Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences and serves as Senior Scholar for the BioLogos Foundation.

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