Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French, has edited a book of essays on Albert Camus, The Originality and Complexity of Albert Camus’s Writings (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers: 2012). It extends Vanborre’s research on 20th-century fiction, literary theory, and Francophone literature. The wide-ranging articles in this volume concentrate on the original aspects of Camus's work and explores how and why it is still relevant today.
Paul Borthwick, adjunct professor of Christian ministries, has published Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of the North American Church? (Intervarsity Press: 2012), an urgent report on how the Western church can best continue in global mission. Borthwick offers advice for how Western Christians can continue being involved by using their human and material resources with wise and strategic stewardship without being paternalistic or creating dependency. Borthwick believes that in this critical age the body of Christ needs one another more than ever, and uses this text as a way to offer support and encouragement to Western Christans.
Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, contributed to Walking Together: Christian Thinking and Public Life in South Africa (Abilene Christian University Press: 2012), ed. Joel Carpenter. A few years ago Brink traveled to South Africa as a part of a collaborative effort of Christian scholars to engage with cultural and political issues there. The result is his chapter, “Negotiating a Plural Politics: South Africa’s Constitutional Court,” which offers fresh insights about the South African constitution and how to anchor government authority in radically plural societies when both divine and liberal consensus-building have eroded.
Stephen L. S. Smith and Bruce G. Webb, professors of economics at Gordon, and Westmont College economics professor Edd S. Noell have coauthored Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential of Human Flourishing (AEI Press: 2013). The book looks at moral and policy arguments related to human flourishing and economic growth, including a discussion on the morality of wealth. It offers empirical evidence from the past two centuries regarding the relationship between growth and human well-being, greater global equality, environmental improvements and sustainability.