Exploring Personhood: A Call for Papers

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What does it mean to be human? The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture is proud to announce Exploring Personhood: What Is a Human Being? — a Faith + Culture Forum designed to address this and related important questions.

In conjunction with this conference, we invite submissions of abstracts on topics relevant to the conference’s theme.

To be considered, please submit a title, abstract (no longer than 250 words), and a CV to CFC@sebts.edu by Friday, October 1, 2021. Judges will review abstracts and invite full paper submissions by Friday, October 15, 2021. If your full manuscript is invited, please submit it by Saturday, January 1, 2022 (no longer than 5,000 words). Judges will announce three winning papers on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

The winning paper will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of the Southeastern Theological Review. The authors of the top three papers will also win cash prizes ($700, $500, and $300, respectively), and we will publicly recognize the winners at Exploring Personhood conference in February.

We invite submissions from faculty, PhD students, and ThM students.


About Exploring Personhood: What Is a Human Being?

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. 10-12, 2022. You’ll hear from John Behr, Marc Cortez, John Hammett, Carmen Imes, Amy Peeler, and Jeff Schloss.

Exploring Personhood will begin with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We’ll then invite perspectives from the sciences (biology, genetics, psychology, cognitive science, and anthropology) and humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology). Our aim is 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.

This conference is part of a larger project titled “Being Human: Theology and Praxis” made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. We thank the Foundation for its generosity, and we pray that our efforts will prove helpful for facilitating thoughtful dialogue and fruitful ministry.

  • Date: February 10-11, 2022

  • Venue: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina

  • Conference Speakers: Justin Barrett, John Behr, Marc Cortez, John Hammett, Carmen Imes, Amy Peeler, and Jeff Schloss.

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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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