Three Professors Win 2010 Christianity Today Book Awards

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Notre Dame professors Gary Anderson, Christian Smith, and Mark Noll have each earned a 2010 Book Award from Christianity Today magazine. Outstanding books in 12 categories were selected from of field of nearly 500 works as publications that “best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”

Gary Anderson, professor of theology, received the Biblical Studies award for Sin: A History. Christianity Today’s judges praised his book as “a masterful account…the breadth of sources used and the thoroughness of Anderson’s narrative are impressive.”

Christian Smith, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, along with collaborator Patricia Snell, won the Christianity and Culture award for Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. The judges commended the book as an invaluable tool to help “the church reach out to a rootless generation…The implications of this study for Christian ministry are enormous. Here is an indispensable resource for parents, pastors, campus ministers, and everyone concerned for the future of the church."

Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, received the Missions/Global Affairs award for The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith. Christianity Today’s judges said, “With insightful research and poignant historical observation, Noll effectively demonstrates that American individualism, voluntarism, and anti-institutionalism have had a much greater impact on the global church than have money, resources, or power. Noll adds an innovative thesis to our understanding of the contribution of U.S. churches to the amazing growth of the non-Western church.”

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