Recent Books by Alumni
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Kenneth Atkinson (MDiv'94) has coedited and contributed to two recent works: Misusing Scripture: What are Evangelicals Doing with the Bible? and Essays on the Psalms of Solomon: Its Cultural Background, Significance, and Interpretation. Dr. Atkinson is Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa.
Computing and Technology Ethics
Emanuelle (Mandy) Burton (PhD'15) and Sara-Jo Swiatek (PhD'22) have published a textbook entitled: Computing and Technology Ethics: Engaging through Science Fiction. The book introduces the major ethical frameworks: deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, communitarianism, and the modern responses of responsibility ethics, feminist ethics, and capability ethics. It then applies these frameworks to many of the modern issues arising in technology ethics including privacy, computing, and artificial intelligence. A corresponding anthology of science fiction brings these quandaries to life and challenges students to ask ethical questions of themselves and their work.
From Bryce Rich (PhD’17). Within contemporary Orthodoxy, debates over sex and gender have become increasingly polemical over the past generation. Beginning with questions around women’s ordination, arguments have expanded to include feminism, sexual orientation, the sacrament of marriage, definitions of family, adoption of children, and care of transgender individuals. Preliminary responses to each of these topics are shaped by gender essentialism, the idea that male and female are ontologically fixed and incommensurate categories with different sets of characteristics and gifts for each sex. These categories, in turn, delineate gender roles in the family, the church, and society.
Gender Essentialism and Orthodoxy offers an immanent critique of gender essentialism in the stream of the contemporary Orthodox Church influenced by the “Paris School” of Russian émigré theologians and their heirs. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to bring into conversation patristic reflections on sex and gender, personalist theological anthropology, insights from gender and queer theory, and modern biological understandings of human sexual differentiation. Though these are seemingly unrelated discourses, Gender Essentialism and Orthodoxy reveals unexpected points of convergence, as each line of thought eschews a strict gender binary in favor of more open-ended possibilities.
Disobedient Women: How a Small Group of Faithful Women Exposed Abuse, Brought Down Powerful Pastors, and Ignited an Evangelical Reckoning
Sarah Stankorb (MA’05) outlines how access to the internet—its networks, freedom of expression, and resources—allowed women to begin dismantling
the false authority of evangelical communities that had long demanded their submission. Stankorb gives long-overdue recognition for these everyday women as leaders and as voices for a different sort of faith. Their work has driven journalists to help bring abuse stories to national attention. Stankorb weaves together the efforts of these courageous voices in order to present a full, layered portrait of the treatment of women and the fight for change within the modern American church.
In A Revolutionary Faith Raúl E. Zegarra (PhD’20) examines the process of articulation of religious beliefs and political concerns that takes place in religious organizing and activism, focusing on the example of Latin American liberation theology and the work of Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez.