CHARLES J. MILLER CHRISTIAN SCHOLAR’S AWARD

REFLECTION

Don W. King - Standing on the Shoulders of Others

For sixteen years Don W. King has served as the Editor of the Christian Scholar’s Review. In
the first of three short reflections as he completes his service to CSR effective May 1, 2015,
he muses on an obvious but nonetheless important truth—all of us owe much to those who
have gone before us. Mr. King is Professor of English at Montreat College.

ARTICLES

Derek C. Hatch - Wingless Chickens and Desiderium Naturale: The Theological Imaginations of Flannery O’Connor and Henri de Lubac

Many writers have commented on the theological elements within the strange world of
Flannery O’Connor’s stories. In this essay, Derek C. Hatch asserts that O’Connor’s work
has deep theological resonances with twentieth-century Catholic ressourcement thought,
especially that of French Jesuit Henri de Lubac. While there is no genealogical link between
them, O’Connor’s fiction evidences an overwhelming emphasis on the Incarnation, along
with several other characteristics, that mark de Lubac and other ressourcement thinkers as
the most fitting background for understanding the theological landscape of O’Connor’s
literature. Mr. Hatch is assistant professor of Christian studies at Howard Payne University.

 

Scott Waalkes - Rethinking Work as Vocation: From Protestant Advice to Gospel Corrective

The classic Protestant teaching about work has led evangelicals to view work as a vocation.
In changing economic times, however, Scott Waalkes argues that we should rethink the
classic teaching. He analyzes three “ideal type” views of vocation: a Reformational view,
focused on “stations” or divine commands; a mystical view, focused on inner meaning; and
a contemporary cultural view that combines the first two views to focus on meaningful careers.
By contrast, a gospel view – focused on the call to discipleship, the imitation of Jesus,
and the mission of God – corrects these views in several ways. Mr. Waalkes is Professor of
International Politics at Malone University.

 

Marcia Webb - The Book of Job: A Psychologist Takes a Whirlwind Tour

Marcia Webb contends that previous attempts at psychological interpretation of the Book
of Job have often focused upon psychoanalytic or psychodynamic analyses of the text. In
this essay she attempts instead to integrate biblical analysis of the ancient manuscript with
contemporary empirically-based theory from trauma research and religious coping studies
from the psychology of religion. Psychological theory describing spiritual struggle, schema
reconstruction, adaptive rumination, cognitive flexibility, and post-traumatic growth is
discussed. The article then considers the biblical text itself, weaving together insights from
both psychological theory and biblical analysis in a review of Job’s experiences from initial
trauma through ultimate restoration. Ms. Webb is Associate Professor of Psychology at
Seattle Pacific University.