Review of “Consider No Evil” in The National Catholic Reporter

My book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education was just reviewed in the National Catholic Reporter (“When dogma and scholarship clash“). It’s a favorable review. The author identifies me as a writer for The Huffington Post, which I do contribute to often, but I would have just said “professor” or “writer,” since I’m not actually employed by them and that isn’t my primary identifier. Click the image to read.



Rebecca Stead’s Smart Middle Grade Fiction

I love middle grade fiction and one of my favorite writers is that of Kate DiCamillo, who I’ve done a deep-read of in the past. Her themes engage real life issues—from death to childlessness—without sacrificing the pleasure of the imagination.

Likewise, I finished a deep-read of Rebecca Stead’s books and really can’t praise them too much. Like DiCamillo, there is a sense of grounding the story in real-life issues while also embracing the imagination. At times (though not always) her plotting involves great twists and an appropriate level of science fiction.

As I was thinking about her work this week, Continue reading…


Consider No Evil: Nothing Like Having a Hardcover Copy of Your Own Book

A hardcover copy of my book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education, came in the mail today. There it is below.Withrow-Wecker-CNE-Harcover
This is the second book of mine that is in hardcover. The first one—a new edition of a rare book by Peter van Mastricht, which I edited and did the introduction for—was not only my first hardcover, but also my first book.

My publisher’s academic imprint, Cascade Books, has a publishing model that is intended to keep books in print, so they have kept that imprint primarily as paperback, and additionally, though not always, for Kindle. But this time around they decided to selectively put out hardcovers. So it’s nice to have another book of mine in a hardy hardcover.

Hmmm…is the audiobook edition next?


New Chapter Contribution of Mine on Jonathan Edwards Due This Year

Life after full-time teaching is keeping me busy (more here). I’m expecting a hardcover copy of Consider No Evil to show up any day now, so that makes the first book of mine to be available for kindle, on paperback, and hardcover. I’m working on a couple projects—one academic, one middle grade—and I’m continuing to teach a little at The University of Findlay this year.

And, oh yeah, a chapter I began writing for a book back in 2012 is finally going to see the light of day this year (due August). Continue reading…