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Spring Applications for CCCS Small Grants and Writing Co-op

The CCCS is now accepting applications for both Small Grants and this June's Writing Co-op. Applications are due by March 27, 2018. More information is available here.

Finalist for the 2017 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award

Teaching and Christian Imagination was named a finalist for the 2017 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award. This award honors an original and imaginative work from any academic discipline that best exemplifies the central ideas and principles animating the Lilly Fellows Program. These include faith and learning in the Christian intellectual tradition, the vocation of teaching and scholarship, and the history, theory, or practice of the university as the site of religious inquiry and culture. Teaching and Christian Imagination was commended as "necessary reading” to the Lilly Fellows Network for understanding current issues touching on church-related higher education.

Teaching and Christian Imagination was written by David Smith (Director, Kuyers Institute) and Susan Felch (Director, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship) with Calvin faculty Barbara Carvill, Kurt Schaefer, Timothy Steele, and John Witvliet.

Recent Publications

lee hardy, new urbanism, the embrace of buildings, calvin college pressThe Embrace of Buildings: A Second Look at Walkable City Neighborhoods (Calvin College Press, 2017)

Lee Hardy

In a culture long enamored of the suburban ideal, Lee Hardy invites his readers to reconsider the many advantages of living and working in walkable city neighborhoods—compact neighborhoods characterized by a fine network of pedestrian-friendly streets, mixed land uses, mixed housing types, and a full range of transit options. In addition, he investigates the role religion has played in defining American attitudes towards the city, and the difference church location makes in Christian ministry and mission.

Learn more from Calvin College Press.

beautiful light, roy m. ankerBeautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film (Eerdmans, 2017)

Roy M. Anker

Closely examining nine critically acclaimed films, including Magnolia, The Apostle, American Gigolo, and M. Night Shyamalan's Wide Awake, Anker analyzes the ways in which these movies explore what it means to be human—and what it means, as human beings, to wrestle with a sometimes unwieldy divine presence. Addressing questions of doubt and belief, despair and elation, hatred and love, Anker's work sheds "beautiful light" on some of Hollywood's most profound and memorable films.

Learn more from Eerdmans.

Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague, Bruce R. BerglundCastle and Cathedral in Modern Prague: Longing for the Sacred in a Skeptical Age (Central European University Press, 2017)

Bruce R. Berglund

Six million people visit Prague Castle each year. Here is the story of how this ancient citadel was transformed after World War I from a neglected, run-down relic into the seat of power for independent Czechoslovakia—and the symbolic center of democratic postwar Europe.

Learn more from Central European University Press.


CCCS Director Receives NEH Grant

CCCS director Dr. Susan M. Felch and Dr. Mark Rankin of James Madison University have received a 3-year, $335,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to edit the writings of William Tyndale (1495-1536) for publication, in both print and online formats. Read more.


CCCS Spring Applications

Applications for Small Grant and the Writing Co-op are due on March 27, 2018. Learn more.




Calvin College Press

Christian thinking goes where you go. Learn about the recent publications of the Calvin College Press.