Bethel Professors and Alumni Contribute to Book Project

Four Bethel College professors and alumni recently collaborated on a book project, “The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism,” which was released earlier this month by Pickwick Publications. Contributors include Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy Tim Erdel, Ph.D., Instructor of Writing Joel Boehner (’05) and former adjunct instructors and alumni David Cramer (’05) and Matthew Eaton (‘01).

The 14-chapter project provides insight on multiple characteristics that Evangelicals and Anabaptists share and includes a chapter on the history and theology of the Missionary Church, as well as other essays of relevance to Bethel College. Cramer co-authored the book’s introduction and authored a chapter on Evangelical Hermeneutics and Anabaptist Ethics; Erdel contributed a chapter on the topic of Religion and the Public Square; and Eaton and Boehner co-authored a chapter on tensions in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church.

Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and noted scholar of evangelicalism, Mark Noll, had this to say about the book: "From George Marsden's wise foreword, the editors' informative introduction, and Steve Nolt's superb survey of Anabaptist-evangelical relationships in American and Canadian history, right through to the last chapter and Sara Wenger Shenk's discerning afterword, this volume sparkles. Its examination of Anabaptists among North American evangelicals brims with discerning historical insight. For Anabaptists, evangelicals, and evangelical Anabaptists with eyes to see, it also provides a bracing challenge to live up to the best in these respective traditions. There have been good books before on the complexity of evangelical-Anabaptist relationships, but this one is the best."

“The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism” can be purchased on or from Wipf and Stock Publishers directly.

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