Baylor Professor of History Wins 2017 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Book Prize

September 29, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 29, 2017) – Joseph Stubenrauch, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor University, has won an American Society of Church History book prize for his book The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain.

Stubenrauch was awarded the 2017 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize for outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author. His book outlines the intersection between evangelicalism and the developments of modernity in Britain. Stubenrauch maintains that British evangelicals in the late 18th and early 19th centuries created new approaches to evangelism and spiritual practices.

“What I found was that evangelicals during the industrial revolution rather creatively attempted to make their own version of modernity,” Stubenrauch said. “The result was a proliferation of entertaining and eye-catching literature, prints, mottos, pottery and evangelization techniques. Even hot air balloons and the telegraph were welcomed as instruments of God’s providence to spread the gospel.”

Stubenrauch has taught six different classes in the history department since he started working at Baylor in 2011. He graduated from Calvin College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in classical studies. Stubenrauch received his doctorate in British history from Indiana University in 2011.

“We’re pleased but not surprised that Dr. Stubenrauch has won the Brewer Prize,” said Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor and chair in the history department. “His outstanding book and the award recognizing it signal that he is one of the top young scholars in a field of study he will help shape for decades to come.”

The American Society of Church History is established upon the history of Christianity and how it relates to culture in all time periods, places and circumstances. The society honors outstanding scholarship through five prestigious prizes, among them the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize.

To learn more about Stubenrauch and his work, visit the history department website.


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