Since assuming the general editorship of the Christian Scholar’s Review in 1999, I have been blessed to work with dozens of wonderful associate editors, scores of expert reviewers, Kim McMurtry, our formatter, and Elaine Friedberg, our copy editor. I have especially enjoyed working with David Hoekema, our publisher, Jerry Pattengale, our associate publisher, and Todd Steen, our managing editor; over the years David, Jerry, and Todd have become not only colleagues, but, more importantly, good friends. So it was with some misgivings that I announced last April at the annual editorial board meeting my intention to step aside as editor. An immediate search for the next editor commenced, and I am pleased to announce that the editorial board has elected my successor, Dr. Mark Bowald, Associate Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. Mark served CSR as our immediate past associate editor of theology from 2009 to 2014. Mark becomes our new editor effective May 1, 2015, and I am very confident about the future of CSR with Mark as our editor.
There were also other new associate editor appointments made at the April meeting. Succeeding Mark as associate editor of theology is Aaron Kuecker of LeTourneau University; Jim Halverson of Judson University is succeeding Jay Green of Covenant College as associate editor of history; Kristen Irwin of Loyola University Chicago is succeeding Hans Bynagle as associate editor of philosophy; and Peter Snyder of Calvin College is succeeding Walton Padelford of Union University as associate editor of business and the professions.
My hope when assuming the duties of general editor was that I could help to sustain and grow the Christian Scholar’s Review as the leading journal of interdisciplinary Christian scholarship. Thanks to the efforts of those mentioned above, I believe we have fulfilled that hope beyond what I imagined. During my time as editor I have shied away from offering many editorial comments; however, in the last three issues, in which I conclude my service as editor, I plan to offer a three short reflections.
Upcoming Theme Issue
The summer 2015 theme issue, “The Nuclear Age at 70: New Global Issues and Enduring Concerns,” is being co-edited by Richard Pointer (Westmont College, [email protected]), Michael Van Dyke (Cornerstone University, [email protected]), Scott Waalkes (Malone University, [email protected]) and Mark Yuly (Houghton College, [email protected]). For questions about the appropriateness of manuscript topics, please contact any of the guest editors; in addition, see the announcement in this issue about the call for papers.
Statistics: April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014
The total number of submissions was fifty-seven (slightly below our annual average), and our acceptance rate was rather low at 10% (it is usually 20-25%), in part because we did not have a theme issue for summer 2014. Our current acceptance-to-publication timeframe is six to nine months. I report the other annual statistics below.
Don W. King
Montreat College, Montreat, NC
August 20, 2014