Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review - Issue #20

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Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review
Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review - Issue #20
By Dr. Perry Glanzer • Issue #20 • View online
Today is a good day to remember senior devil Screwtape’s advice to junior devil Wormwood, “The fact that ‘devils’ are predominately comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you” (C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Letter VII).

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What's New in CSR?
The journal’s fall issue is set to be mailed early in November. The diverse articles in this issue push us to think differently about ourselves, our history as Evangelicals, and our work in the academy. John G. Stackhouse Jr. cogently argues against the view that The Fundamentals influenced early 20th-century fundamentalism. Lindsey Short walks us through the research on biases in face recognition through a “creation, fall, redemption” narrative. David Lyle Jeffrey and Jeff Levin encourage readers to look toward Romans 1 (as well as the rest of Romans) as an excellent resource “for providing insight, encouragement, and finally a prescription for right conduct of our work.” Alex Sosler reflects on Marilynn Robinson’s writings to argue for a sacramental view of Christ-centered education. Alison Caviness Gibson gives us her perspective on creating hospitable Christian pedagogy for first-year writing courses. Finally, our book review editor, Steve Oldham, has curated 12 book reviews for this issue. The articles and book reviews will be posted on the CSR website on November 9th. Additionally, each book review will be highlighted as a blog post on Thursdays through January.  
What's New in Faith-Learning?
In light of the public conversations about Christian nationalism these days, readers may be interested in this online conversation sponsored by the Trinity Forum, “How to Be a Patriotic Christian: An Online Conversation with Richard Mouw and Paul Miller.” The discussion takes place on November 4th, at 1:30 p.m. ET. 
Reflection from the Editor-in-Chief
I have noticed that the path to unbelief usually does not start by unbelief in God (a rather unnatural phenomenon as Justin Barrett has pointed out). Instead it starts with disbelief in the devil. I remember being reminded of this key point when talking to a graduate student with whom I was meeting regularly. After some time studying at our seminary, he noted that he did not believe in the devil anymore. I thought, “he’s reached a key turning point.” Sure enough this student progressed from being a Baptist, to a Unitarian, to an Atheist in a short time.
Perhaps that could be one of the important uses of Halloween for Christians. For example, I remember a conversation with a different Baylor religion Ph.D. student who shared why he likes horror movies. They remind us that the realm of supernatural evil is real.
Of course, they can also make it too real for some. As C.S. Lewis famously said in his opening to The Screwtape Letters, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” May today be a reminder to find that balance.
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Dr. Perry Glanzer

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