ARTICLES

Thomas Knecht and Emily Ecklund - Gender Differences at Christian and Secular Colleges

What affects students’ views more, their gender or the type of college they attend (that is,
Christian or secular)? Thomas Knecht and Emily Ecklund argue that women at Christian
colleges generally have more in common with women at secular colleges than they do
with men at their own schools. Nevertheless, students at Christian colleges part ways with
their peers at secular colleges on a number of issues, including matters of spirituality and
politics. The authors also find that most of these institutional differences come from the
type of students that Christian colleges admit rather than the education they provide. Mr.
Knecht is Associate Professor of Political Science and Ms. Ecklund is a former Westmont
student who is currently a strategy and organization consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.

 

Steven McMullen - Radical Orthodox Economics

Steven McMullen notes that in recent years, a number of theologians and philosophers,
following John Milbank, have drawn on continental post-modern philosophy to form a
critique of capitalism and modern economics. Often called the “Radical Orthodoxy” movement,
these scholars argue that the problems with capitalism lie not with its results, but its
underlying metaphysics and ecclesiology. This essay summarizes these arguments, draws
on the work of Christian economists to argue that many of the concerns of the movement
are shared by scholars in the economics profession, and concludes by proposing four fruitful
avenues of inquiry that could advance a “Radical Orthodox Economics.” Mr. McMullen is
Assistant Professor of Economics at Hope College.

 

REFLECTION AND RESPONSE

James Evinger and Rich Darr - Determining the Truth of Abuse in Mission Communities: A Rejoinder and New Agenda

A previous article, “Christian Communities and ‘Recovered Memories’ of Abuse” (CSR 41.4
[2012]: 381-400) by Robert J. Priest and Esther E. Cordill, examines the problem of individuals
wrongfully found to have committed abuse against minors in a mission context. However,
James Evinger and Rich Darr argue the article erroneously describes the methodology
of one denomination’s inquiry cited to support their argument, impugning the inquiry’s
credibility. Additionally, the singular focus on recovered memories as a form of evidence
diverts attention from matters deserving consideration for determining the truth of abuse.
They offer a critique and propose a more effective way to achieve just responses when
abuse in missionary communities is alleged. Mr. Evinger is a minister of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.), and Mr. Darr is lead pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Park
Ridge, Illinois.

Robert J. Priest and Esther Cordill - Response to Evinger and Darr’s “Determining the Truth of Abuse in Mission Communities”

Robert Priest is Professor of Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
and Esther Cordill practices clinical psychology.

 

REVIEW ESSAYS

Trisha Posey - Crossing Boundaries: Christian Higher Education in Africa—A Review Essay

Trisha Posey is Director of the Honors Scholars Program and Associate Professor of History
at John Brown University.

John Lunn - Money: The Unauthorized Biography—An Extended Review

John Lunn is Professor of Economics at Hope College. The Extended Review is a new book
review feature that on occasion will appear in future CSR issues. It will provide an extended
review from a Christian perspective of a scholarly book intended for a wide audience.