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Theology of the Person: Personhood and the Public's Views

Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022 at 12:00PM - 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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Regent College's Centre for Humanity and the Common Good presents an eight-part lecture series on the Theology of the Person. This lecture series recovers the all-important concept of the "Person" for a theological engagement of contemporary culture.

Join us on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 for the third lecture titled "Personhood and the Public's Views" with Dr. John Evans.

This lecture will be available online. Information about an in-person component for the public will be available closer to February 2, 2022.


Lecture Title: Personhood and the Public's Views
Speaker: John Evans
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: 12 pm–1 pm


The long theological and humanistic debate about the definition of the human, as well as the definition of the person, has occurred independently of the general public. In this talk Professor Evans reports on an in-depth empirical study of what the public thinks a human is and how these views differ from the views of academics. He focuses on the public’s version of the biological, philosophical, and Christian theological definitions, and whether these definitions may impact how we treat each other.


John Evans is the Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of California, San Diego. His most recent books are The Human Gene Editing Debate (Oxford University Press, 2020), Morals Not Knowledge: Recasting the Contemporary U. S. Conflict Between Religion and Science (University of California Press, 2018), and What is a Human?: What the Answers Mean for Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016).


The James M. Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good is a five-year initiative of Regent College dedicated to the question of human identity and its importance for conceptions of the good life. Grounded in Dr. James M. Houston’s Christian theological vision of integrative scholarship combining academic study, practical research, and lived reality, the centre will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary and inter-religious dialogue on the question of what it means to be human. Through planned collaboration with UBC and other academic institutions, and by inviting insights from a wide range of secular and religious perspectives, the centre aims to engage in a broad consideration of human identity and the common good.


The lecture is free, but a ticket is required to participate.

Speaking at this Event


John Evans

Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Social Sciences (University of California)

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