Kelly Kapic — Meet the Speakers of Exploring Personhood: Human Formation

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How are humans formed? What factors shape our identities as humans? And what practices lend themselves to human and spiritual formation? Academic disciplines answer this question in increasingly different ways. Yet how we understand human formation affects everything.

Join us as we advance the conversation at our second-annual Exploring Personhood conference, presented by the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Feb. 2-3, 2023.

In this post, get to know one of our speakers, Dr. Kelly Kapic.

Meet Kelly Kapic

Kelly M. Kapic is Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College where he has taught since 2001.  With a PhD in Systematic and Historical Theology from King’s College University of London, Kapic has written or edited over fifteen books, with his new book You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why that’s Good News just released in 2022.  His earlier work includes Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, which won the Christianity Today book of the year award in the area of Theology and Ethics and World Magazine’s Short List award for Accessible Theology Book of the year.  He also recently completed two volumes with the economist Brian Fikkert called Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty isn’t the American Dream and A Field Guide to Becoming Whole: Principles for Poverty Alleviation Ministries.  In 2014 Kapic received a Templeton Grant to be part of The Center for Christian Thought studying the topic of Psychology and Spiritual Formation.  Currently he serves as part of the Core Research Teams for the Templeton funded studies called “Project Amazing Grace” and “Christian Meaning-Making, Suffering and the Flourishing Life.”

Lecture Topic

Faith, Hope, and Love: Why Christians Need Others Amid Our Suffering

In our time together, we will explore how suffering and dark nights of the soul produce particular challenges that really require a community of believers.  Using chronic pain as a particular example, we will see how the flame of individual faith weakens when it is alone, but in true community the fire of faith illumines the night.  The Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, and Soren Kierkegaard will be main dialogue partners for this reflection.

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