Monday, October 4, 2010

Bold Conversations

Author James Davison Hunter returned to campus this past week. Graduating in 1977, Hunter majored in history and sociology as a student at Gordon College. The event featured Stan Gaede, current president of the Christian College Consortium (CCC) and Hunter’s professor during his undergraduate studies. Gaede, also Gordon’s scholar-in-residence, interviewed Hunter on his much-acclaimed and engaging new book To Change the World: The Irony and Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World.

“I was very pleased with the turnout and with student and faculty participation,” said Tal Howard, director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum. “We also had many people from off campus and the seminary attend. Hunter is always engaging, and at this event he was true to form. The book he discussed has been called a ‘game-changer’ by the renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas of Duke University—especially with regard to how Christians think about culture and cultural change.”

“Gordon formed me,” reflected Hunter during his public address to Gordon students, staff, faculty, trustees and local seminarians. “We were honored to have Hunter return to his alma mater,” said Howard, who also serves on the History Department faculty at Gordon. “He speaks very fondly of Gordon as a place that really shaped him and put him on the academic path that he has taken.”

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Photo: Stan Gaede, James Hunter and Daniel Johnson, associate professor of sociology, following the Faith Seeking Understanding Lecture Series; Photo 2: Local Essex artist Robert Hanlon, James Hunter, and retired history faculty member and author Tom Askew gather for coffee and conversation at the pre-event reception.

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