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By Dr. Peter Candler (Assistant Professor of Theology, Great Texts Program)

Belief and Metaphysics (London: SCM 2007)
(co-edited, with Conor Cunningham)

Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction, or Reading Scripture Together on the Path to God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2006)
(co-edited, with Conor Cunningham)

Transcendence and Phenomenology (London: SCM 2007)

By Dr. Susan E. Colón (Assistant Professor of Literature, Honors Program)

The Professional Ideal in the Mid-Victorian Novel: The Works of Disraeli, Trollope, Gaskell, and Eliot (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2007)

    This book studies the shift in 19th-century England away from an aristocratic society and toward a professional society, in which positions of influence are held less on the basis of inherited wealth or status and more on the basis of specialized expertise. This shift was strengthened and justified by a growing public acceptance of the professional ideal, or the conviction that fitness for social and political leadership is a function of specialized training, meritocratic selection, and an ethic of public service. This ideal, however, generates its own dilemmas, which Victorian professionals engaged quite seriously. The authors treated in this book - Benjamin Disraeli, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, and George Eliot - address in their fiction a rich set of problems, including the competing claims of professional autonomy and accountability, the enculturation of new professionals both in terms of expertise and ethics, the demands and the limitations of a professional service ethic, and the position of women with respect to the professional ideal.

    The study of these novelists and their times reveals that even in the earliest stages of theorizing the professional ideal, professionals engaged in a robust self-critique of their own assumptions and practices. Such a critique remains valuable to us today, as we live in a world in which expertise is largely unmoored from a broader ethical vision of social responsibility.

By Dr. Sharon A. Conry (Lecturer and Coordinator of Natural World Laboratories, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core)

Biology Laboratory Manual Resource Guide, Eighth Edition (McGraw Hill)

The Natural World, An Integrated Multidisciplinary Science Laboratory Manual, Fourth Edition (Stipes Publishing)

By Dr. Victor Hinojosa (Assistant Professor, Honors Program)

Domestic Politics and International Narcotics Control (Routledge, 2007)

    "This book examines different levels of narcotics control cooperation between the United States, Mexico and Colombia. Hinojosa\'s CoverVictor J. Hinojosa finds that Mexico is consistently held to a very different standard than Colombia and that the US often satisfies domestic political pressures to be tough on drugs by punishing Colombia while allowing Mexico much more freedom to pursue different strategies. He also explores the role of domestic terrorism and presidential reputation in Colombia for the US-Colombia pair and the role of competing issues in the US-Mexican bilateral agenda for that country pair, finding that congressional pressure and electoral tests exert the most impact on US behavior but that Mexican and Colombian behavior is best explained in other ways. Together, these findings suggest both the promise of integrating the study of international relations and comparative politics and important limitations of the theoretical framework." (Routledge)

By Dr. Robert Miner (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Great Texts Program)

Thomas Aquinas on the Passion (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

    In Thomas Aquinas on the Passions, Dr. Robert Miner provides a detailed interpretation of Aquinas' thinking about the passions. Miner undertakes both to describe what Aquinas thinks the primary passions are (love, hatred, desire, aversion, pleasure, sorrow, hope, despair, fear, daring, anger) and to show what role he takes the passions to play in the best kind of life that a human being can live. Miner places special emphasis on Aquinas' claim that the first root of the passions is love.

Vico, Genealogist of Modernity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002)
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    In Vico, Genealogist of Modernity, Dr. Robert Miner traces the roots of modern "historical consciousness" back to the Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668-1744). In the first two parts, he examines Vico's early treatment of mathematics and Vico's middle juriprudential works, finding the seeds of a "genealogical" approach to human phenomena. In the last part, Miner examines Vico's magnum opus, The New Science. Miner attends particularly to Vico's claim that since human beings know best what they themselves make, they are capable of acquiring a knowledge of the "civil world" that is both "scientific" and "providential."

By Dr. J. Wesley Null (Faculty Assistant Director, Honors Program; Associate Professor of Curriculum and Foundations, School of Education)

Peerless Educator: The Life and Work of Isaac Leon Kandel (Peter Lang Publishing)

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    Isaac Leon Kandel (1881 1965) was a major figure in educational philosophy and comparative education in the 20th century. As a professor of education at Columbia University's Teachers College, Kandel almost single-handedly developed the field of comparative education and was an early critic of Progressive educational philosophy. As the definitive biography of one of the 20th century's most brilliant writers on education, this book presents Kandel as a democratic traditionalist who tirelessly advocated the ideal of liberal education for all. This book tells the story of Kandel's life and the many obstacles that he faced because of his faith and political views.

By Dr. Jason Whitlark (Lecturer, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core)

Enabling Fidelity to God: Perseverance in Hebrews in Light of the Reciprocity Systems of the Ancient Mediterranean World (Paternoster Press, 2008)

    "How does one understand the saving activity of God in the life of an individual? Recent scholarship uses the language of covenantal nomism for Judaism and reciprocity for Greco-Roman sacrificial cults. The soteriological reality is the same in both. God or the gods act beneficently to initiate a relation with humans; humans then respond out of gratitude to keep the relation going. Lately, scholars like David deSilva have attempted to read Hebrews as a positive Christian adaptation of the Mediterranean system of reciprocity. In Whitlark's reading, however, Hebrews rather offers its auditors an alternative to the reciprocity rationale of benefaction. Within a New Covenant frame of reference, Hebrews sees human faithfulness to God in the period between conversion and departure from this life issuing not from human gratitude for past grace but from God's ongoing gracious enablement. This soteriological orientation the author of Hebrews shares with Paul, although their conceptual worlds and modes of expression are different.

    This is a fresh and provocative new reading of Hebrews that moves the homily from the periphery of New Testament soteriology into the early Christian mainstream. This is an exercise in biblical theology not to be missed." (Dr. Charles H. Talbert, Distinguished Professor of Religion, Baylor University)

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