Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review & Expositor reviews Christianity and the Soul of the University

The current issue of Review and Expositor (vol. 108, no. 2 [Spring 2011], pp. 328-30) includes a review of Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community, ed. Douglas V. Henry and Michael D. Beaty (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2006), a book to which I contributed chapter 8, "Communal Conflict in the Postmodern Christian University."

Reviewer T. Perry Hildreth, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, engages each of the book's ten chapters and offers this concluding commendation: "As Christian scholars continue to reflect about the defining marks of a Christian university and the role of Christian scholars in the larger academic community, this book will prove to be a helpful resource. Anyone associated with a Christian university and committed to maintaining fidelity to a Christian vision of higher education would be enriched by this collection of essays."

I'm glad to see this review appear in this journal and in this particular issue. I previously served from 2002 through 2006 as Associate Editor of the Review and Expositor, a journal founded by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and now published by a consortium of Baptist theological schools that includes Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity where I currently teach. GWU School of Divinity Associate Dean Gerald Keown serves as the journal's recording secretary, and this issue of the journal includes other reviews by Gardner-Webb faculty in addition to Hildreth's review: James R. McConnell, Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation in the School of Divinity, reviews Anthony C. Thiselton, Hermeneutics: An Introduction (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2009), and Jeff L. Hensley, an adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy and pastor of Kings Mountain Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, reviews Constance M. Cherry, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblical Faithful Services (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2010).

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