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Faith and the Founders bookcoverMark David Hall published an article in the spring 2014 issue of American Political Thought: "Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance, Jefferson's Statute for Religious Liberty, and the Creation of the First Amendment." He also had a guest opinion piece, "Oregonians Should Support Business Owner's Religious Freedom," appear in the March 8 issue of The Oregonian.

Mark David Hall will have a new book, Faith and the Founders of the American Republic, released by Oxford Press in February, 2014. Here is a paragraph about the book:

Even before the founders were dead and buried, the American public had developed an extraordinary curiosity about their faith commitments (or lack thereof) and the influence of religion on the constitutional republic they established. This fascination has waned little over the last two centuries. Studies of religion and the founders typically focus on the beliefs of a handful of elite founders—Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton. With the exception of Adams, all these men either were or became Anglicans. As such, this scholarship ignores the rich range of religious traditions that informed the political culture of the American founding. Faith and the Founders of the American Republic addresses this shortcoming by offering essays on a variety of religious views and beliefs that shaped late-eighteenth-century public life. Thematic chapters consider minority faiths such as Islam and Judaism, as well as major traditions such as Calvinism. The volume also includes chapters on specific founders carefully selected because they shine light on specific faith communities and/or ideas. Chapters on John Dickinson and Isaac Backus/John Leland, for instance, offer insights into the role of Quakers and Baptists respectively in the founding era. The essays collected in this volume provide compelling evidence that diverse religious traditions were among the intellectual sources that informed and animated the American founding.

BookcoverIn the fall of 2012, Oxford University Press released Mark David Hall's book, Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic. In spite of his many accomplishments, Sherman is regularly overlooked by students of the American founding. Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic is the first systematic study of Sherman's political theory and theological commitments. Mark argues that he was heavily influenced by Calvinist political thought and a genuine Christian perspective. Moreover, he uses Sherman as a lens to show that this Christian tradition had a significant impact in the founding era. The book also helps correct the misconception that America's founders were deists who desired the strict separation of church and state. Both books help us understand the important role of Christian faith in the founders of our republic.

The co-edited books, Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life, by Mark David Hall is available from Notre Dame Press as well as the second edition of America's Forgotten Founders from ISI books.

Mark David Hall’s co-edited book, The Sacred Rights of ConscienceSacred Rights Book cover, from Liberty Fund Press, provides students and scholars a rich collection of primary sources that illuminate the discussions and debates about religious liberty in the American founding era. 

Lon Fendall’s book, Stand Alone or Come Home: Mark Hatfield as an Evangelical and a Progressive (Barclay Press 2008), was released in September, 2008. A number of faculty members in the History and Political Science department co-taught GFU classes with former U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield over a ten-year period following his retirement from the Senate.

Ron Mock is nearing completion of his book, Pacifism Under Pressure, exploring some of the toughest practical challenges Christian pacifists face.

Collected Works of James Wilson (Liberty Fund Press), edited by Mark David Hall, Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics, and Kermit L. Hall. This two-volume set brings together the most important writings and speeches of James Wilson, one of only six signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and one of the most influential members of the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Ron Mock's publication, Loving Without Giving In: Christian Responses to Terrorism and Tyranny (Cascadia Publishing House) draws from Scripture as well as the best thinking of peace scholars to analyze the global situation post 9/11.  How can Christians love their neighbors and their enemies at the same time? What if the enemies are terrorists and tyrants, and the neighbors include the people they terrorize or tyrannize? Can governments be terrorists? Or only individuals? Is there a Golden Rule for nations?

Professor News

Mark David Hall was among the special speakers featured at the Religious Freedom Summit hosted at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, Oct. 9-10, 2014. Mark teamed up with Mark Caleb Smith of Cedarville University to present a plenary session titled “Religious Freedom and American History.” Following the session, Warren Smith of World magazine interviewed the two presenters.

Mark David Hall served as an organizer and chair of a roundtable panel on “Burwell v. Hobby Lobby” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Convention in Washington, D.C., August 28-31, 2014. Mark was also a participant on the Christians in Political Science panel at the convention, discussing the integration of faith and teaching/scholarship.

Michael MacLeod presented a lecture, "Follow the Money: How Global Investor Networks Influence Multinational Corporations and Why It Matters to You and Me"on Friday, Feb 15, 2013, on the Newberg campus.

Mark David Hall participated in a debate with Steven Green on November 15, 2012, at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. The topic was, "Did America have a Christian founding?".

On September 17, 2012, Ron Mock was featured on a podcast on the "Research On Religion" site where he talks about peacemaking and pacifism in relation to the Middle East and terrorism, among other topics. In addition, Ron wrote a piece on fantasy baseball recently for the Statesman Journal’s “My Passion” guest column. 

Mark Hall PhotoMichael MacLeod gave two paper presentations – “How Corporations Get Religion: Faith-Based Activism in the Global Political Economy” and “Financial Activism and Environmental Governance” – and chaired a panel at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, held in San Diego, April 1-4, 2012. 

Mark David Hall was recently appointed Senior Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for the Studies of Religion.

Awards, Grants, and other Honors

Ron Mock was appointed to the Newberg School Board January, 2012, to fill a vacant position. He will serve until June, 2013, when a special election will take place.

In July, 2008, Ron Mock began a new three-year term as recording clerk of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, the evangelical Quaker group that founded George Fox University.  Ron has served as recording clerk since 2004. 

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