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May 26, 2022

Geneva Faculty Explore Implications Beyond the Classroom

Geneva’s Foundational Concepts of Christian Education directs all faculty members to understand and to effectively teach their disciplines with academic excellence in combination with a consistent biblical worldview. In this pursuit, faculty serve students on campus and the larger world beyond campus as thought leaders in the integration of faith and learning. This work manifests in various ways.

In May, WORLD Magazine interviewed Computer Science professor Paul Poteete for its daily podcast The World and Everything In It. An internationally recognized authority on information systems and cybersecurity, Poteete discussed the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline that crippled the East Coast’s primary oil supply. Poteete urged individuals as well as corporations to remain vigilant against points of vulnerability in digital systems.

Philosophy professor emerita Esther Meek is regularly featured in outlets including Front Porch Republic, Theopolis Institute, Didaktikos Journal, and The Two Cities Podcast. Meek continues to inspire thoughtful Christians to know and love more deeply with her trilogy of books articulating a covenant epistemology: Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People (Brazos Press, 2003); Loving to Know: Covenant Epistemology (Cascade Books, 2011); and A Little Manual for Knowing (Cascade Books, 2014).

With an academic background in communication, President Calvin L. Troup ‘83 continues to contribute to conversations about rhetoric and philosophy from a Christian perspective. In fall 2020, Troup presented on the life and thought of Augustine of Hippo as part of a short course hosted online by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Geneva’s Bible Department explores the relevance of Reformed theology for the cultural shifts of the 21st century. Dr. Jonathan Watt recently edited the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts for a translation of the Bible entitled the Modern English Version (MEV). Designed to be accessible to military personnel, the MEV was presented to the royal family of England in 2016 and is now being prepared in a second edition.

Professor Rut Etheridge’s widely acclaimed book God Breathed: Connecting through Scripture to God, Others, the Natural World, and Yourself (Crown & Covenant, 2019) tackles questions of life, learning, and love in thoughtful biblical language accessible to all ages and backgrounds. Both Watt and Etheridge are ongoing contributors to biblical scholarship, with Watt authoring papers on New Testament linguistics and Etheridge pursuing a PhD at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

The recognition Geneva’s faculty have earned in their disciplines demonstrates that Reformed Christian education is about serving students, but it is also more. Pro Christo et Patria issues a call for servant-leaders to develop the public implications of the peaceable kingdom of Christ.

-Michael R. Kearney ‘17

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This article was originally published in Geneva Magazine, Winter 2021 edition.