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Retired Professor Anderson to be Honored for New Book

Posted: April 16, 2014

Wilson College Professor Emeritus Raymond Kemp Anderson will be recognized for the publication of his new book about one of the greatest Christian theorists of modern times at a celebration to be held Thursday, April 24, at the college.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
April 16, 2014
CONTACT: The Rev. Rosie Magee, Wilson College Chaplain
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3307
Email: rosie.magee@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College Professor Emeritus Raymond Kemp Anderson will be recognized for the publication of his new book about one of the greatest Christian theorists of modern times at a celebration to be held Thursday, April 24, at the college. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in Laird Hall’s Patterson Lounge and is free and open to the public.

Anderson, of Fayetteville, taught religion at Wilson from 1965 to 2003 and chaired the Department of Philosophy and Religion for a number of years. His wife, Gunlog Anderson, also taught at Wilson.

Anderson’s latest book, An American Scholar Recalls Karl Barth’s Golden Years as a Teacher (1958-1964) was recently published by the Edwin Mellen Press. It is a collection of reflections and essays from Anderson’s days as one of the last doctoral students of iconic Christian thinker Karl Barth at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where Barth taught from 1935 until 1962.

Anderson’s memoir is the first retrospective work of its kind, bringing readers into direct and personal contact with one of the 20th century’s most discussed and influential thinkers, according to the publisher, which says, “This work sheds new light on the later years of Karl Barth, the Reformed theologian, his focal Church teachings and his celebrated life as the ‘Lion of European theology.’”

A Presbyterian minister, theologian and leader, Anderson is highly regarded as a John Calvin scholar and author. He is completing a companion book tentatively entitled God Talk — Thirty Evenings with Karl Barth.

Anderson will talk about his book at the April 24 event and Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick and David True, current chair of the philosophy and religion department, are among those who will speak.

Refreshments will be served during the celebration, which is sponsored by Wilson’s Office for Institutional Advancement, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Office of the Chaplain.

For more information, contact Wilson Chaplain Rosie Magee at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3307, or rosie.magee@wilson.edu

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: April 21, 2014