ARTICLES

David C. Cramer - Recovering the Christian Practice of Dying: A Response to Stanley Hauerwas' "Finite Care in a World of Infinite Need"

In his 2009 essay, "Finite Care in a World of Infinite Need" (CSR 38.3 [Spring 2009]: 327-333),
Stanley Hauerwas suggests that, given the unlimited health care needs and limited health
care resources in the U.S., Christians need to imagine an integrally Christian practice of
medicine, which may include refusing potentially life-saving treatments. In this response
essay, David C. Cramer argues that Hauerwas' suggestion is best understood in terms of
the Christian practices articulated by John Howard Yoder in his work Body Politics. As with
Yoder's practices, so the Christian practice of dying is both a religious act of the church and
a public act with concrete, observable social implications. Mr. Cramer, formerly Adjunct
Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Bethel College, Indiana, is now pursuing his Ph.D.
in Religion at Baylor University.

Roger E. Olson - Pietism and Postmodernism: Points of Congeniality

While it would seem that Pietism and Postmodernism share little to no common ground,
Roger E. Olson notes that in fact there are several points where they are congenial with
each other. Pietism was a movement for church renewal among German Lutherans in the
seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. Its ethos of conversional piety eventually became
part of the fabric of especially American religious life. Postmodernism is a cultural condition
reacting against rationalism in philosophy and religion. As different as these seem
to be, they share common ground in epistemology, spirituality, and ethics. Mr. Olson
is Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University.

Robert J. Priest and Esther E. Cordill - Christian Communities and "Recovered Memories" of Abuse

In the 1980s the idea emerged that psychological problems are often caused by unremembered
sexual abuse, and that healing requires retrieval of memory. While much of mainstream
psychology later questioned the validity and/or reliability of such memories, many
evangelical therapists and ministry leaders have continued to be "carriers" of recovered
memory approaches. Using case study data, Robert Priest and Esther Cordill explore ways
in which evangelical ministries and therapies foster "recovered memories," and examine
the implications for the accused. They call for Christian scholars to engage actively the
ideas and practices underpinning populist evangelical therapies and ministries featuring
recovered memory ideas. Mr. Priest is Professor of Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School and Ms. Cordill practices clinical psychology.

 

REVIEW ESSAY

David B. Klanderman and Sharon K. Robbert - Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith and A Certain Ambiguity—A Review Essay

David B. Klanderman is Professor of Mathematics and Director of Education Programs at
Trinity Christian College, and Sharon K. Robbert is Professor of Mathematics and Dean of
Academic Planning and Effectiveness at Trinity Christian College.

 

REVIEW AND RESPONSE

Matthew Lundin - The Unintended Reformation—A Review Essay

Matthew Lundin is Assistant Professor of History at Wheaton College.

Brad S. Gregory - Response to Matthew Lundin's Review of The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society

Brad S. Gregory is the Dorothy G. Griffin Associate Professor of Early Modern European
History at the University of Notre Dame.