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Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review - Issue #4

Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review
Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review - Issue #4
By Dr. Perry Glanzer • Issue #4 • View online
We hope you are enjoying a break from a difficult academic year and finding ways to feed your soul. As you may have guessed from a couple of my recent blog posts, I am spending part of my summer coding interviews from students at my institution. Although I have found issues for concern, I also find it invigorating. I want to relay just one sample story a student about the author of our recent post “Advice to Christian Professors of Literature.” I hope the story feeds your soul in the same way that David Lyle Jeffrey encouraged this student: “I was just really overwhelmed when I went to his office…. And then at some point, he asked me some questions. And I just like, got really overwhelmed. And I started, like, probably oversharing. And it was all about how much pressure I was putting on myself and how I just I wasn’t the person I wanted to be. And I felt like I was failing spiritually. And I was failing academically, and I was failing socially. And I think, at the time, I was really behind on a particular paper, maybe it was for his class. Maybe that’s why I was there, and he just looked at me and he says, ‘You know what, forget about the paper. You’re friends with this one, this one kid, right?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And he’s like, ‘I respect that kid a lot. Go, go get dinner with him.’ And that was, that was the only advice that he gave me. I was literally crying in his office. That was the only advice that he gave me. But it was something that I don’t know why exactly. It was so impactful. That’s just exactly what I needed to hear. It was like, this is someone in your life, who is trustworthy and just go have a meal with him. And that will, that will help. And it did, and there’s something very simple and very profound about that.”
After a year filled with tension, challenge, and uncertainty, I hope you find time to connect with friends and revive your soul this summer.

Top 5 Faith Animating Blog Posts for June
Chronological Snob No More
The Fortress of Christian Higher Education
Transhumanism and the Image of God: An Interview with Jacob Shatzer
John Wayne and Wonder Woman: Expanding Our Conversation about Gender and Militant Justice
Student Characteristics: Chasing the 99
What's New in the CSR Journal?
Shame, Guilt, and the Practice of Repentance: An Intersection of Modern Psychology with the Wisdom of Calvin
If you have not already, I would encourage you to check out the most read article from the most recent issue of CSR. Here’s the beginning of the abstract: “Shame and guilt are important concepts within Christian theology. In much of the literature, however, these two concepts are lumped together, offering little if any distinction between them. By contrast, evidence-based psychological research on the topics of shame and guilt has flourished over the past 30 years, offering a careful and important distinction between shame and guilt. Building on these insights, this essay will offer a clear theological distinction between guilt and shame, including definitions of both terms. It will argue that guilt is both an objective state and a painful but potentially beneficial emotion that opens the possibility for repentance, a vital practice in the life of faith. By contrast, it will show that shame is a destructive emotion that can hinder the possibility of repentance and a relationship with God.”
Who's New at CSR?
We are delighted to introduce our new Book Review Editor, Steve Oldham. A professor in the Christian Studies department at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB), Steve has also served as Provost. If you have book review ideas, please feel free to contact Steve at [email protected] For more information about book review submissions see here.
What's New in Faith and Learning?
When it comes to either Christian teaching or international Christian higher education, the online Kuyers/INCHE [International Network of Christians in Higher Education] conference will be a helpful place to find stimulating talks and discussion. The conference will take place October 6-8, 2021, beginning at 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time. For more information see here.
Reflection from the Editor-in-Chief
I am thankful to all of you who have subscribed and supported the Christ Animating Learning blog. I am especially grateful to see the number of guest posts that have been submitted that deal with issues related to Christian teaching. In the past, David I. Smith has called out the lack of emphasis that Christian scholars have placed upon interrogating our pedagogy in light of our theological convictions. Hopefully, this blog will continue to expand our creative thinking in light of Christianity’s deepest truths.
Despite the excellent work on the blog thus far, one area of Christian thinking has largely been neglected is Christian evaluations of a prominent theory in the field (for an exception see George Yancey’s recent post about antiracism). Perhaps a single post is too short a space for such evaluation, but I do hope to see those evaluations in the future. I notice that Christian scholars usually latch on to a couple theories in their field that they find the most consistent with Christianity. Yet, they do not always interrogate these theories by placing them within a theological framework to identify key differences or deficiencies. As a result, they do not demonstrate to students, or their readers, sophisticated forms of Christian critical thinking. I would like to encourage these kinds of submissions.  
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Dr. Perry Glanzer

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