Vanhoozer Wins 2015 Christianity Today Theology Book Award

Research Professor of Systematic Theology Kevin J. Vanhoozer of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has been awarded the top honor in the theology/ethics category of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Awards.

Vanhoozer’s book, Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, was published by Westminster John Knox Press in September. In the introduction, Vanhoozer wrote that the book “is about learning doctrine for the sake of acting out what is in Christ: call it the drama of discipleship.”

The magazine’s editors selected winners in 10 categories. They choose books “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture,” according to the introduction of this year’s list of winners.

“Kevin Vanhoozer has once again, with this outstanding new book, demonstrated why he is often considered the leading and shaping voice in evangelical theology today,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “The book provides readers with an opportunity to see his creative, gifted, and insightful work at its best. The Trinity community joins me in congratulating him on this lofty and well-deserved recognition.”

The award announcement, written by a California pastor, praised Vanhoozer for offering a reinvigorating vision to the Christian church.

“Vanhoozer re-presents and re-tools his creative theatrical model of theology and doctrine, making it more accessible to the pastor in the pulpit and the churchgoer in the pew,” said Derek Rishmawy, a college and young-adult pastor at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, Calif.

Vanhoozer has served on the TEDS faculty from 1986-90, 1998-2009 and 2012-present. He has also served as senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of Edinburgh and on the Panel of Doctrine for the Church of Scotland. He earned a doctorate from Cambridge University.

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