Tuesday, February 01, 2011

20 most brilliant Christian college professors

(The Collège, an academy set up by John Calvin in 1558/1559, at Geneva, to promote what are currently known as Christian education and liberal arts.)

College Crunch listed 20 most brilliant Christian professors (H/T: Michael Bird):
Peter Berger, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology at Boston University

Benjamin S. Carson Sr., Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University

Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at Cambridge University

Louise S. Cowan, Professor of English at Dallas University

William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Biola University

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University

Kenneth Knuth, Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming at Stanford

Robert Jackson Marks II, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University

Michel W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law at Stanford University

Alister E. McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London

R. Albert Mohler, Jospeh Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Martin Andreas Nowak, Professor of Biology and of Mathematics at Harvard University

Alvin Plantinga, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University

John Polkinghorne, ex-President of Queen's College at Cambridge University

Marilynne Robinson, a lecturer at Iowa University

Henry Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry at Georgia University

Charles Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University

John Suppe, Blair Professor of Geosciences Emeritus at Princeton University

James Tour, Chao Professor of Chemistry at Rice University

N. T. Wright, Professor in New Testament and Early Christianity at St Andrews University
I don't know what are the criteria for one to be listed here, but it seems that it is quite arbitrary. Does one's brilliance measured solely by the recognition of one's works among the Christian community or include the secular academia? Or solely the secular academia?

On the other hand, if we are to create such a list for Southeast Asia academics, who will be in there and what are the criteria? Any suggestion?

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