Louis Y. Van Dyke, a charter memberof The Conference on Faith
and History, has retired as Professor of History at Dordt College.
The new director of the Young Centerfor the Study of Anabaptist
and Pietist Groups at Elizabethtown College,One Alpha Drive,
Elizabethtown PA 17022 and Professorof History and Religion at the
college is David B. Eller. He invites interested scholars to contacthim at
717/361-1467 or by eMailfirstname.lastname@example.org.
John Fea (State University of New York at StonyBrook) is the
recipient of a dissertation fellowship for 1998-1999 at the McNeil Center for
Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
R. David Rightmire (AsburyCollege) is the author of Salvationist
Samurai: Gunpei Yamamuro and the Rise of the Salvation Armyin Japan
(1997), published as Nr 8 in Scarecrow Press's Pietist andWesleyan Studies
Series,Scarecrow Press, 1997. The book examines therole of Yamamuro
(1872-1940) in the transformation ofthe Army into an indigenous
expression ofWesleyan-holiness mission, adapted to the needs of Japan's
emerging industrialized society.
John F. Howes, retiredfrom the University of British Columbia,is
editor of a collection ofessays on the Japanese Christian internationalist
and onetime undersecretary of theLeague of Nations Nitobe Inazo:
Japan's bridge across the Pacific(Boulder, Westview, 1995).A Japanese
translation will bepublished this year. Nitobe led the handful of those
who questioned Japan'sinvasion of China which led to Pearl Harbor and
symbolized the dilemmawhich confronted those who opposed unbridled
militarism. Thetwelve authors reflect disparate points of view from
Japan, Canada and the United States.
Three of the papers that were presented at the Fall1994 CFH
meeting at Messiah College have nowbeen published in a collection
entitled: Reading for MoralProgress: 19th Century Institutions Promoting
Social Change. The essays are by Donald G. Davis, Jr., "Bread Uponthe
Waters: The Printed Word in Sunday Schools in 19th CenturyEngland
and the United States;" DavidM. Hovde, "The Library Is a Valuable
Hygienic Appliance;" and JohnMark Tucker, "Wide Awakening: Political
and Theological Impulses for Readingand Libraries at Oberlin College,