ARTICLES

Rich Gray - Walker Percy's Appeal to Searchers: The Last Gentleman and The Second Coming

Walker Percy (1916-1990) was a Catholic writer whose six novels picture central characters
who embark on searches for divine meaning. Rich Gray shows how Percy's protagonists
reject glib secular beliefs and quest toward Christian beliefs. In interviews and essays Percy
articulated a theory of the Christian novelist in an agnostic culture, in which the novelist uses
priests and dwellings to emblemize the hunt for Christian belief. Percy's second and fifth
novels have the same protagonist, Will Barrett, who avidly searches for satisfying answers
to life's biggest questions. He thus fulfills Percy's hope of creating a character who would
appeal to skeptics of Christianity. Mr. Gray is Professor of English at Montreat College.

Jim Halverson - Restored Through Learning: Hugh of St. Victor's Vision for Higher Education

In the past two decades the evangelical academy has devoted a good deal of attention to the
"Christian scholar" and "Christian scholarship." While these discussions have born considerable
fruit, they lack the scope to cast a vision for Christian higher education in general.
Jim Halverson argues that the Christian academy needs to articulate a vision for Christian
learning that encompasses all members of and stakeholders in Christian instructions of higher
education. Since this is not the first time the Christian academy has confronted such a task,
the author urges us to look at the educational theories of Hugh of St. Victor, a twelfth-century
scholar and teacher, as a suggestive template upon which to build such a vision. Mr. Halverson
is Professor of History at Judson University.

Gillis J. Harp - Reconsidering the Liberal Captivity of American Evangelicalism

In this essay Gillis J. Harp notes that some American Evangelicals find it difficult to conceive
of a species of conservatism that preserves a moral political economy and some notion of
a paternalistic state protecting the less fortunate. Yet this is the kind of conservatism that
characterized the thinking of one key strand within the larger fabric of historic Evangelicalism.
This thread emphasized community and opposed excessive individualism, and it
sometimes sought to contain the impact market forces can have on traditional institutions
and the poor. Against laissez-faire individualism, these Evangelicals stressed an organic view
of the social order, the state as a moral agent, and the importance of mediating institutions
such as family and church. Evangelicals have shortchanged themselves by ignoring this part
of their past and some reclamation of this historic thread is long overdue. Its recovery could
help make Evangelical social thought less indebted to classical liberalism and Enlightenment
categories. Mr. Harp is Professor of History at Grove City College.

 

REVIEW ESSAY

Todd Buras - The Other Wolterstorff— A Review Essay

Todd Buras is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University.

 

REVIEW AND RESPONSE

Daniel J. Treier - Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry— A Review Essay

Daniel J. Treier is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.

Hans Boersma - Dan Treier's Sacramental Participation in Truth—A Response to His Review
of
Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry

Hans Boersma is J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver.