Kelly J. Clark

Kelly J. ClarkCourtesy Grand Valley State University

Kelly James Clark, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame), is Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and Professor of Religious Studies 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, 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, Exeter University, National University of Singapore, Columbia University, 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 Abraham’s Children, Religion and the Science of OriginsReturn to ReasonThe Story of EthicsWhen Faith Is Not Enough, and 101 Key Philosophical Terms of Their Importance for Theology


Kelly lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and–depending on school, finances and better opportunities–three children. His two cats are more regular members of his household. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, fly fishing, scuba diving, soccer and traveling.

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