Every year, in addition to their teaching, mentoring and institutional responsibilities, Gordon faculty make substantial contributions to their scholarly fields in the form of articles, conference presentations, and books for both popular and academic audiences. Here is the latest crop of books.
Stephen Alter (history) contributed the chapter “Darwin and Language” to the definitive work on Darwin, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013). His chapter is one of more than 60 essays written by an international group representing the leading scholars of Charles Darwin. Alter is also the author of Darwinism and the Linguistic Image: Language, Race, and Natural Theology in the Nineteenth Century (Johns Hopkins, 1999).
Mark Cannister (Christian ministries) published Teenagers Matter: Making Student Ministry a Priority in the Church (Baker, 2013), which brings together the latest ideas and research on adolescence to champion student ministry as integral to the life of the church. He explores how connecting teenagers with other generations enriches an entire congregation, and he casts a prophetic vision for what the church can become when it truly values its young people.
Roger J. Green (biblical studies) co-edited Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth (Peter Lang, 2013). Green, a leading scholar of the Salvation Army, showcases Booth’s writings in relation to the Methodist theology and transatlantic revivalism that inspired and guided him.
Bruce Herman (art) co-authored, with G. Walter Hansen, Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Paintings of Bruce Herman (Eerdmans, 2013). In a series of brief meditations and essays in accessible language, accompanied by full-color reproductions of Herman’s artworks, the authors explore major themes relevant to Herman’s pilgrimage in the often-confusing current art culture.
Thomas (Tal) Howard (history) edited Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective (Catholic University Press, 2013). What does “human dignity” mean? What challenges does human dignity confront in modern culture? How do contemporary understandings of human dignity relate to the ancient Christian doctrine of imago Dei, the view that human beings are created in “the image and likeness of God”? This book, edited and with an introduction by Howard, pursues these and related questions.
Steven A. Hunt (biblical studies) co-edited Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John (Mohr Siebeck, 2013), and wrote or co-authored eight of its chapters. The book offers 62 essays related to characters and characterization in the Gospel of John, building on several different narrative approaches.