BOOK REVIEW POLICY FOR THE CHRISTIAN SCHOLAR'S REVIEW


In keeping with its mission of supporting and advancing Christian scholarship, CSR publishes book reviews with a twofold purpose: first, to direct the attention of Christian scholars to new books that appear significant or useful to the specifically Christian dimensions of their calling, and secondly, to engage such books in critical interaction. The Book Review Editor will select books to be reviewed according to the following criteria.

1. Books reviewed in CSR will generally do one or more of the following (listed in an approximate order of priority):

2. Books characterized neither by a Christian perspective nor specifically Christian subject matter may be reviewed if, but only if, they are either exceptionally helpful or exceptionally challenging for Christian thinking.

3. Special consideration or preference will be accorded to books which satisfy, in addition to the criteria listed above, one or more of the following:

The criteria in this section supplement those in (1) and (2), and will not by themselves suffice, either individually or collectively, to qualify a book for review in CSR.

4. The Book Review Editor will strive for appropriate balances in the book review section with respect to such matters as: subject matter and disciplinary representation of books reviewed; representation and reflection of ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity, both in books reviewed and among reviewers; institutional and disciplinary affiliations of reviewers; publishers of books reviewed. Important as they are, however, such considerations of balance will supplement but not supplant criteria (1) and (2). A book that does not meet the latter criteria will not be reviewed simply in the interest of some otherwise desirable balance.

5. The book review section, like the articles in CSR, will generally reflect the predominantly evangelical and Protestant orientation of most of CSR's sponsoring institutions. Books reviewed, however, may represent a wide range of Christian perspectives, and sometimes none. Endorsed by the CSR Board, April 22, 1995

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