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CCCS Major Grant Awards for 2018-2019

The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship is pleased to announce the following Major Grant Awards:

“Beyond Stewardship,” directed by Dave Warners (Biology) and Matt Heun (Engineering) with the following Calvin participants: Mark Bjelland (Geography); Susan Felch (English); Kathi Groenendyk (Communications Arts and Sciences); Matt Halteman (Philosophy); Becky Haney (Economics); Gail Heffner (Urban Studies); Clarence Joldersma (Education); Jamie Skillen (Environmental Studies); David Wunder (Engineering); Michelle Loyd-Paige (Sociology); and Randy Van Dragt (Biology); and external participants: Aminah Al-Attas Bradford (Duke U); Dieter Bouma (U of Michigan); Steve Bouma-Prediger (Hope College); Bill Deutsch (Auburn U) and Kyle Schaap (Young Evangelicals for Climate Action). Participants will gather twice in Summer 2018 to assess the sufficiency of the stewardship paradigm and begin exploring new ways to conceptualize and respond to today's environmental challenges. The outcome will be an edited volume published by Calvin College Press that will speak with a distinctively reformed Christian voice to North American Christians who take seriously the human impact on the whole of God's creation.

“The Second Global Congress on Sports and Christianity,” directed by Brian Bolt (Kinesiology) and Chad Carlson (Hope College). Building on the recent Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life and the 2016 inaugural congress on Sport and Christianity, this 2019 event will encourage global collaboration among academics, practitioners, politicians, clergy, administrators, and athletes. The Congress aims to advance and deepen the conversation on the relationship between sport and diverse streams of Christianity.

“Charting a Course: A Proposal to Engage Christian Scholars and Practitioners of International Affairs,” directed by Kevin den Dulk (Political Science); Robert Joustra (Redeemer University College); Dennis Hoover (Institute for Global Engagement) and Stephanie Summers (Center for Public Justice). The directors will convene two symposia attended by selected international relations faculty at top-tier Christian colleges and universities, practitioners in international affairs, Calvin alumni, and Calvin DC Semester program students. The symposia will consider the diverse and complex ways that religion influences international affairs and will make plans to move practitioner and academic conversation beyond current static ways of thinking about religion.

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 Research Fellow

Dr. Patrick Owens will be assisting Dr. David Noe (Calvin College) and Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn (Reformed Theological Seminary) who received a Major Grant in 2015 for the Westminster Assembly Divines Translation Project. Learn more about this project.




Calvin College Press

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