Perhaps I’m stating the obvious but most discussions of origins seem to generate far more heat than light. They preach to the choir of those who agree, fail to engage those with whom they disagree on their own terms and perpetuate the unfortunate notion that Christianity and science are at war with each other. Gerald Rau’s Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything (InterVarsity Press, 2012) is a notable exception to that trend in that it is intended to promote understanding and conversation rather than more controversy.

Gerald Rau takes a novel approach in this book. Rather than taking a side, he lays out six different models that may be found in the current discussions. This itself is important because most of the coverage of this issue assumes two very diametrically opposed options: naturalistic evolution, that there is no god and the universe and all life arose simply through physical causation, and young earth creationism, which treats Genesis 1 as a literal account of how God created the world in six literal days, a world that is approximately 10,000 years old.

Rau identifies four other models and their proponents: Continue Reading…

What a beautiful facility! In visiting the Gordon College website I learned that Frost Hall was originally built as a mansion and now hosts administrative and faculty offices.

The Psychology Department of Gordon College, Wenham, MA (North Shore of Boston) invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position beginning August 2014. Expertise may be in any area of psychology, but Social or Clinical especially desirable. PhD and teaching experience required. Responsibilities include teaching Research Methods and other areas of expertise, academic advising, and research involving undergraduates.

Gordon College is a selective Christian liberal arts college and part of the elite Annapolis group. To apply, send a cover letter, a CV with references, and sample publication to cathy dot thiele at gordon dot edu. Gordon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Editor’s note: Thank-you to the faculty member of the Gordon College Psychology Department who brought this opening to my attention. Continue Reading…

By what means will I be evaluated?

The Marks of a Christian Scholar: A Vocational Description (Part Four)[1]
Mark Eckel, ThM PhD, Professor of Leadership, Education & Discipleship
Capital Seminary & Graduate School, Washington, D.C.

By what means will I be evaluated? What will someone identify to show that I am a Christian scholar-teacher-discipler?[2] How will I know if my professorial life conforms to a standard?

Assessment questions haunted me during my PhD research. Validation is imperative in any scientific pursuit. But how could I objectivize outcomes that would lead to quantitative proof in an obviously qualitative endeavor? The literature review provided evidence. Others had been asking the same questions.[3]

During my tenure as dean and then vice president of academic affairs[4] I began to establish a written essay approach to professor evaluations. We spent a good deal of time together as faculty[5] inside and outside of school. From other reading, I added to what I had discovered from others, developing a qualitative assessment rubric for college faculty. I believe that this process could benefit our interest in developing scholar-teacher-disciplers in Christian higher education. Continue Reading…