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Hat Trick of GC Influences in Wesleyan Thought

By Carla Morris

Three recent events spotlight the influence of Greenville College on Wesleyan thought. A prestigious award, a new book and recent panel facilitation at the Wesleyan Theological Society’s annual meeting this spring round out the trio of accomplishments.

 Alumnus Coates Wins Fellowship

Greg CoatesGC alumnus Gregory Coates ’03 has been awarded the John Wesley Fellowship from A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE). He is a PhD candidate at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the author of Politics Strangely Warmed: Political Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit (Wipf & Stock, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2015).

The John Wesley Fellows program supports promising United Methodist Scholars who are committed to classical Christianity and academic excellence.

Click here and listen to Rev. Coates deliver a chapel address to GC students during Christian Life Week in October 2012.

Smerick, Brittingham, Alumni Collaborate on Book About Embodiment

Christina Smerick and John Brittingham have edited a collection of essays entitled This is my Body: Philosophical Reflections on Embodiment in a Wesleyan Spirit (Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016). The book addresses the body from broadly Wesleyan, Christian and philosophical perspectives.This Is My Body Front Cover It includes essays that examine Wesley’s engagement with the body, embodied epistemologies, the body and the Church and the altered body in relation to Christian Scripture, reason, tradition and experience. Smerick and Brittingham also authored the introduction.

Smerick serves as assistant dean of instruction at Greenville College and chairs the Department of Philosophy and Theology. She is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy and Christian Thought: The Bodies of Christ, forthcoming from Lexington Books. Brittingham teaches philosophy at Greenville College and directs the McAllaster Honors Program. He is the author of several essays that engage philosophy, embodiment and popular culture. 

Contributors to the volume also include GC alumni Matt Bernico ’10 and Amanda Dimiele ’12.

Wayman Facilitates Panel and Publishes Article

Assistant Professor of Theology Ben Wayman recently moderated a panel discussion Ordaining Women Front Coverat the 51st Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. The session drew from his expertise as author of the book Ordaining Women: New Edition with an Introduction and Notes (Wipf & Stock, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2015). Panelists included Priscilla Pope-Levison (Southern Methodist University), Howard Snyder (Asbury Seminary and Manchester Wesley) and Karen Strand Winslow (Azusa Pacific University).

In other news, Wayman has authored an article that appears in the most recent issue of Christian Scholar’s Review (Volume 45, Number 3). Entitled "Julian Against Christian Educators: Julian and Basil on a Proper Education," the article examines two representative approaches to education in late antiquity—one by pagan emperor Julian, the other by the Christian bishop Basil.

The essay flowed from an assignment about the integration of faith and learning that Wayman completed as a first year faculty member at Greenville College in 2013. In the article, he suggests that when contemporary Christian liberal arts institutions presume both the unity of God’s truth and a requisite character for the discovery of truth, they exemplify Basil’s view of a proper education and the best of Christian tradition. In contrast, Christians who are suspicious of the liberal arts tradition fall short of this courageous approach. Their fear of a broad education signals lost confidence in the church and home in the religious formation of Christian youth.


Read more:

GC Philosophy & Religion Faculty Participate in Wesleyan Dialogue on Embodiment and Atonement

‘Ordaining Women’ for a New Generation

A Festschrift to Honor Frank H. Thompson

AFTE Names  2015 John Wesley Fellows (GC Alumna Maureen Knudsen Langdoc)


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This story was published on April 06, 2016

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