July 20, 2009

New book collects TWU faculty viewpoints

Alloway Library has added a new book by retired Associate Academic Vice-President and Professor of English Deane Downey. Co-edited with former TWU/ACTS faculty Stanley Porter Christian worldview and the academic disciplines : crossing the academy is now available (currently from the New Titles shelves.)

The book's contributors are a who's who of of past and present TWU faculty. Based on material presented in TWU IDIS classes, "Introduction to Christian Worldview Thinking," each chapter addresses a Christian perspective on a single academic discipline from Art to to Physics and beyond.

James Sire calls it "an important book..."

The publisher (Wipf and Stock) describes it is as:
an edited compilation of twenty-nine essays—focuses on the difference(s) that a Christian worldview makes for the disciplines or subject areas normally taught in liberal arts colleges and universities. Three initial chapters of introductory material are followed by twenty-six essays, each dealing with the essential elements or issues in the academic discipline involved. These individual essays on each discipline are a unique element of this book. These essays also treat some of the specific differences in perspective or procedure that a biblically informed, Christian perspective brings to each discipline.

Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines is intended principally as an introductory textbook in Christian worldview courses for Christian college or university students. This volume will also be of interest to Christian students in secular post-secondary institutions, who may be encountering challenges to their faith—both implicit and explicit—from peers or professors who assume that holding a strong Christian faith and pursuing a rigorous college or university education are essentially incompatible.
This book should also be helpful for college and university professors who embrace the Christian faith but whose post-secondary academic background—because of its secular orientation—has left them inadequately prepared to intelligently apply the implications of their faith to their particular academic specialty. Such specialists, be they professors or upper-level graduate students, will find the extensive bibliographies of recent scholarship at the end of the individual chapters particularly helpful.

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