Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Catherine Brekus Wins the 2013 Aldersgate Prize

Book pic (Catherine Brekus)(1)I somehow missed this announcement back in October: Catherine Brekus's book Sarah Osborn’s World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America is the winner of the annual Aldersgate Prize, awarded by the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University (see the press release here). Brekus will accept the award and the $3,500 monetary prize that comes with it in April 2014, when she will give a public lecture on the book at IWU.

From the press release:

From a field of nearly 80 nominations, the selection committee chose Sarah Osborn’s World: “Brekus’s study offers a penetrating reconstruction and analysis of early American evangelicalism’s encounter with the intellectual currents of Enlightenment Europe in an elegantly written biography of a long-forgotten female religious leader.” Summing up the consensus of the committee, one member noted: “Brekus, with deep human sympathy, illuminates a world of spiritual awakening that is at once quite different from, and yet in deep continuity with, our own experiences and trials. The scholarship in Sarah Osborn’s World is meticulous, the range and depth of the research authoritative, and the result is a powerful reading experience such as is unusual in a bench-mark academic work.”

Congratulations Catherine!

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