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Stead Center Lecture: Dr. John H. Evans

Theological Anthropology and Its Competitors in the Public Mind: The Impact on Human Treatment

Dr. John H. Evans
Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego
11:10 a.m. | Room 205, Main Building


About this Lecture

There are a number of competing definitions of the human in the public sphere, that we are: 1) biological beings, 2) defined by our capacities or 3) imago Dei.  Scholars in this debate have also long claimed that if someone uses the “wrong” definition of a human, they will treat people less humanely.  Despite their ubiquity, there has never been an empirical examination of these claims.  In this talk I summarize a social science research project of the U.S. public, and will focus on how the religious public views the imago and the impact of these different anthropologies on how we treat humans.


Stead Center for Ethics and Values

An endowed center, the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values draws together seminary resources, graduate professional schools, area pastors, and laity to address the compelling ethical issues facing contemporary society; e.g., technological interventions at the beginning and ending of life; war and religion; the plight of children in the cities; the environment; and human experimentation. It seeks to bring a theological perspective to these issues of ecumenical and international scope. Special lecture series and seminars are among the settings which will bring religious communities, seminary scholars, and university colleagues together with the Garrett-Evangelical community.

The mission of the Stead Center is to promote teaching and research along a range of theological topics and moral issues. It is committed to drawing upon and promoting thoughtful conversation among the church, academy, and society in a manner in which no sharp distinction is drawn between “theory” and “practice.” Or stated more prosaically, the Stead Center is dedicated to the proposition that there is nothing more practical than a good idea, and nothing more ideal than good practice.

For more information, contact Dr. Brent Waters, director of the Stead Center, at 847.866.3915 or

September 26, 2017

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

About Dr. John H. Evans

John H. Evans is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He specializes in examining debates that involve religion and science in the public sphere, trying to use social science to contribute to humanistic and ethical debates. He has been a visiting professor at six international universities, and is the author of four books on religion, science, ethics and biotechnology. His most recent book is What is a Human? What the Answers Mean for Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016).