VALPARAISO | The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, based at Valparaiso University, recently announced the winner and finalists of its third biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award at the program's national conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The winner of the award is "The American University in a Postsecular Age," by Douglas Jacobsen, distinguished professor of church history and theology at Messiah College, and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, director of faculty development and professor of psychology at Messiah College.

The award honors an original and imaginative work from any academic discipline that best exemplifies the central ideas and principles animating the Lilly Fellows Program ( These include faith and learning in the Christian intellectual tradition, the vocation of teaching and scholarship and the history, theory or practice of the university as the site of religious inquiry and culture.

"The American University in a Postsecular Age" includes a set of essays from faculty at both church-related and public universities which explore ways to best meet student and public needs in this post-secular age.

The Lilly Fellows Program also honored four finalists for the award: "Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis," edited by Melanie Morey, senior director for research at the Catholic Education Institute, and the Rev. John Piderit, president of the Catholic Education Institute; "The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue between Mark Noll and James Turner," edited by Thomas Howard, associate professor of history and director of the Jerusalem & Athens Forum at Gordon College; "Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community," edited by Douglas Henry, associate professor of philosophy at Baylor University, and Michael Beaty, professor of philosophy at Baylor University; and "The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God," by Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe professor of theological ethics at Duke University Divinity School (Blackwell, 2007).

There are currently 31 Lilly graduate fellows studying at universities throughout the country.

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