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New Dockery series to help university students reclaim the Christian intellectual tradition


"The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student's Guide," co-written by David S. Dockery and Timothy George, is the first book in a new series edited by Dockery, "Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition: A Guide for Students."

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 24, 2012 – Union University President David S. Dockery has been named the editor of a new series of books designed for Christian students and others on college and university campuses.

In “Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition: A Guide for Students,” published by Crossway, Dockery and other experts argue that vibrant, world-changing Christianity is not anti-intellectual but assumes a long tradition of vigorous Christian thinking and a commitment to the integration of faith and scholarship.

This integration, Dockery says, is essential to the preparation of the next generation of leaders in the church, the academy and the world.

“This a timely series that meets an important need as secular culture grows in its indifference to Christianity, and as the Christian world continues to be confused about its own beliefs, heritage and tradition,” Dockery said.

Thomas Kidd, a history professor at Baylor University, called the series “an exciting project that will freshly introduce readers to the riches of historic Christian thought and practice.”

“As the modern secular academy struggles to reclaim a semblance of purpose, this series demonstrates why a deeply-rooted Christian worldview offers an intellectual coherence so badly needed in our fragmented culture,” Kidd said. “Assembling a formidable cohort of respected evangelical scholars, ‘Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition’ promises to supply must-read orientations to the disciplines for the next generation of Christian students.”

The first book in the series, “The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student’s Guide,” co-written by Dockery and Timothy George, founding dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, will be released in April. The book introduces an approach to the Christian tradition that is not simply historical overview, but that will help students engage with contemporary challenges to their faith in various academic fields.

Four other books in the series will also be released in 2012, including “The Liberal Arts: A Student’s Guide,” by Gene C. Fant Jr., Union’s vice president for academic administration, in May, and “Political Thought: A Student’s Guide,” by Hunter Baker, associate dean of arts and sciences at Union, in July.

“Literature: A Student’s Guide,” by Louis Markos, professor of English and honors at Houston Baptist University, will be released in June, and “Philosophy: A Student’s Guide,” by David Naugle, philosophy professor at Dallas Baptist University, will be released in September.

Additional books in the series on other academic subjects are expected to be published after the first five.

“Each book in the series is written with an emphasis on the distinctive Christian approach to the subject and will include an overview of how significant Christian thinkers have addressed the subject throughout the history of the church,” Dockery said. “Each volume will focus on engaging the culture and the academy by reclaiming the best of the Christian intellectual tradition.”


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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