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Whitworth Theology Department Annual Newsletter 2017

Jeremy Wynne (2010-present) Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of the Graduate Studies in Theology Program

While I'm troubled by much of what I hear in the news about higher education, what I find particularly confusing is that my students are actually nothing like this. Take one example: In the spring I taught a course on world religions. We read primary and secondary texts, viewed documentaries, conducted in-class guest interviews, and watched films that depicted everyday life among Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and others. No matter where you come from, I believe there was much in this class both to wonder at and to disagree with. And yet in contrast to all we're led to expect, the students absolutely rose to the occasion. They were willing to share their own personal judgments; they were open to criticism and able to disagree; they listened generously and asked excellent questions, indeed, sometimes profound questions. What great evidence of God's grace at work! May he multiply it.

Of course there's so much more for which I'm grateful. Our graduate program is doing well, and I have several writing projects in the mix, including a book I'm editing on the doctrine of God. On a personal note, Betsy and I spent the first three weeks of summer in Japan. We met there 17 years ago while teaching English. And though we loved our experiences, we hadn't been back to that country since. So it was an amazing opportunity to see old friends and visit old haunts, to meet church partners, take photographs for my World Religions course, and, of course, to eat very, very well.

To wrap up, here are a few of the most significant and enjoyable books I read this year: Being Consumed by Wm. Cavanaugh; The Search for the Trinity by Steve Holmes; God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero; and, to toss in one heavy-hitter, Creatures of Possibility by Ingolf Dalferth.

Peace to you.