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Kelly James Clark

Senior Research Fellow, Kaufman Interfaith Institute; Professor, Grand Valley State University

Kelly James Clark has held postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford University, the University of St. Andrews, and the University of Notre Dame.

Clark has lectured around the world and has served as director for international conferences on science and religion, interfaith cooperation, & Chinese philosophy. He has worked extensively with the John Templeton Foundation, organizing many interfaith symposiums, notably “Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict” at Georgetown University on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. That conference inspired a book of the same name in which fifteen influential practitioners of the Abrahamic religions argued for religious liberty and tolerance from their own faith traditions.

Currently focused on the philosophy of religion, epistemology, and Chinese philosophy, he is the author, editor, or co-author of more than twenty books and author of over fifty articles; his books include Return to Reason (1990), The Story of Ethics: Human Nature & Human Fulfillment (2003, with Anne Portenga), and 101 Key Philosophical Terms of Their Importance for Theology (2004). His book Abraham’s Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict is forthcoming from Yale University Press. He is the co-chair of the September 2011 conference on “Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict” hosted by the Berkley Center.

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A Spiritual Geography of Early Chinese Thought: Gods, Ancestors, and Afterlife

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God and the Brain: The Rationality of Belief

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Readings in the Philosophy of Religion - Third Edition

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101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology

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Philosophers Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of 11 Leading Thinkers

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