Biography

clark2012Kelly James Clark, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame), is in the Honors Program at Brooks College and is Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. Kelly has held visiting appointments at Oxford University, the University of St. Andrews and the University of Notre Dame. He is former Professor of Philosophy at Gordon College and Calvin College. He works in philosophy of religion, ethics, science and religion, and Chinese thought and culture.

Kelly has lectured at Oxford University, St. Andrews University, University of London, University of Birmingham, University of Chicago, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Ohio State University, Georgetown University, Baylor University, Exeter University, National University of Singapore, Columbia University, Universidad de Brasilia, University of Texas and many other colleges and universities around the world. His China work has taken him to China more than fifty times.

He is the author, editor, or co-author of more than twenty books and author of over fifty, mostly unread, articles. His books include Religion and the Sciences of Origins, Return to Reason, The Story of Ethics, When Faith Is Not Enough, and 101 Key Philosophical Terms of Their Importance for Theology. Kelly’s Philosophers Who Believe was voted one of Christianity Today’s 1995 Books of the Year.

He has recently been working with Muslims, Christians and Jews on science and religion, and religious liberty. In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of 9-11, he organized a symposium, “Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict” at Georgetown University.

Kelly lives in Grand Rapids with his wife. His two cats are more regular members of their household. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, fly fishing, scuba diving, soccer and traveling.