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Regent authors recognized for major reference work on Christian spirituality

May 10, 2012
This is a real affirmation of our collaborative effort, and it is a special delight to be able to share this honour with all the contributors.

The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Glen Scorgie—Professor of Theology at Bethel Seminary San Diego and Sessional Lecturer at Regent College—was awarded first prize in the category of Bible Reference at the 2012 Christian Book Awards. The Dictionary includes contributions by a number of Regent faculty members and alumni. The Christian Book Awards, distributed annually since 1978 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), were announced on April 30, 2012.

The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan 2011) is a reference work that traces the origins and development of Christian spirituality, and looks at its contemporary expressions. “This is a real affirmation of our collaborative effort, and it is a special delight to be able to share this honour with all the contributors,” says Glen Scorgie. “Perhaps it also indicates growing evangelical interest in Christian spirituality, which would make the award a sign of hope—a cloud ‘the size of a person’s hand’ on the horizon of our times.” Scorgie is dedicated to making people more aware of the richness of the Christian spiritual tradition, which he will be covering in his summer course at Regent College, Introduction to Christian Spirituality (SPIR 501).

The volume’s table of contents reads like a who’s who of Regent’s faculty members and alumni. There are major essays by Bruce Hindmarsh, Loren Wilkinson and Mary-Ruth Wilkinson, James Houston, and Gordon T. Smith, who also served as a consulting editor on the publication. A number of current and former faculty members contributed dictionary entries, including Diane Stinton, Maxine Hancock, Paul Stevens, J.I. Packer, Eugene Peterson, Susan Phillips, the late Clark Pinnock, and former Regent Principal Carl Armerding. The publication also includes dictionary entries by former Regent students and alumni Julie Canlis, Christopher Hall, Diane Ayer, Kate Scorgie, Gisela Kreglinger, Sunny Tan, Alex Chow, Jo-Ann Badley, and Glenn Myers.

The Christian Book Awards recognize publications in seven categories: Bibles, Bible Reference, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Children, Inspiration, and New Author. The overall 2012 Christian Book of the Year award went to Billy Graham’s autobiography, Nearing Home.

For more information on the awards, visit the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association website.

About Regent College

Regent College is an evangelical, international graduate school of Christian studies based in Vancouver and affiliated with the University of British Columbia, one of Canada’s premier research universities. Regent College was founded in 1968 as the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus. It is a place of academic rigour, cultural engagement, and vibrant faith that transforms intellect, imagination, and character. Here, people from around the world are inspired and enriched with a deep and practical Christian faith extending into all spheres of life and enabling them to live more thoughtfully in varied vocations in the church and the world.

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