John Hammett – Meet the Speakers of Exploring Personhood

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What does it mean to be human? Academic disciplines answer this question in increasingly different ways. Yet how we define a human being affects every aspect of our world.

Join us as we advance the conversation at Exploring Personhood, a Faith + Culture Forum presented by the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Feb. 10-11, 2022.

Meet John Hammett

John Hammett is the John L. Dagg Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1995. Prior to that he was a pastor for nine years in North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana, and a missionary with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention at the South Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the author of Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches (now it its second edition) and 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and is co-author of The Doctrine of Humanity: The Divine Design (forthcoming 2022). He has been married to his wife Linda for 44 years and has two adult children, and one granddaughter.

Lecture Topic

Human Beings: Persons Created in the Image of God

Theological discussions of human personhood often focus on creation in the image of God as central to human distinctiveness and identity, but the lack of any explicit biblical definition of what it means to be created in the image of God has led to much diversity of understanding of that phrase in Christian theology. This presentation will argue that examination of all the biblical texts that speak of human creation in the image of God yields sufficient clues to rule out many understandings and point to one particular understanding that best fits all the clues. This understanding of human creation in the image of God safeguards human dignity and highlights human distinctiveness.

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The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.

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