Habermas Publishes New Edition of Book

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 21, 2002) — John Brown University professor Ronald T. Habermas, Ph.D., recently published the 10th anniversary edition of his book, Teaching for Reconciliation: Foundations and Practice of Christian Educational Ministry. The new edition is available through Wipf and Stock Publishers. Habermas is the McGee Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Formation in the biblical studies division at John Brown University.

In Teaching for Reconciliation, Habermas approaches the subject of Christian education in two parts. Part 1 studies theoretical foundations from philosophy, theology, sociology, and educational psychology. Part 2 addresses the applications of the ideas of Christian education in effective teaching, age group ministries, leadership, planning, and assessment.

Habermas’ book has been acclaimed by nationally known educators like James Michael Lee, leading religious educator and publisher of the Religious Education Press. “This volume is unquestionably the finest book ever published as an introductory text in the field of Christian religious education, whether evangelical or non-evangelical," Lee said about Teaching for Reconciliation.

The slimmed-down text is designed to be user friendly and has several new features. The text lists all the tables and figures conveniently at the end of each chapter. It also contains updated resources throughout the text. For the teacher, three objective exams and more than 200 "Think About It" are available upon request. The "Think" questions can be used for journaling, short essays or class discussion.

“I am personally delighted to see this resource back in print, in a more user-friendly, updated version,” Habermas said. He uses the book in his Effective Teaching course and says it “provides a foundational bases as well as some practical age group applications for Christian Education ministry in the church, school, and parachurch organizations.”

Habermas has been a professor of Biblical studies and Christian formation at John Brown University since 1993. Habermas has a bachelor’s degree from William Tyndale College, an M. Div. From North American Baptist Seminary, a master’s degree from Wheaton Graduate School, and a Ph. D. in administration and curriculum from Michigan State University.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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