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Pepperdine Welcomes Distinguished Visiting Scholar Richard Mouw

Richard Mouw

Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, will begin a yearlong appointment as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Pepperdine University at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. 

Mouw has served as president of Fuller since 1993 after a four-year term as provost and senior vice president. Prior to his tenure at Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also acted as visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

"I am pleased that Dr. Richard Mouw will join a long train of Distinguished Visiting Scholars who have enjoyed sabbaticals at Pepperdine University in recent years," says Pepperdine provost Darryl Tippens. "Dr. Mouw is an outstanding administrator, an exceptional scholar, and a nationally recognized leader in theological education and interfaith dialogue. Pepperdine will be enriched by his presence among us in the coming year."

A graduate of Houghton College, Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.

Mouw's broad record of publication includes serving as an editor of the Reformed Journal and on many editorial boards, including, currently, Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books, including The God Who Commands, Praying at Burger King, and an expanded and revised edition of Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. His most recent work includes Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.

In 2007 Princeton Theological Seminary awarded Mouw the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. He frequently provides perspectives on current issues for the Washington Post and other key publications.

Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards and recently served as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as cochair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and is a leader for interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program at Pepperdine University aims to endow students and faculty with extraordinary intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual experiences. In order to enrich the intellectual and spiritual climate of the campus, the University encourages its schools, departments, and divisions to invite distinguished scholars, intellectuals, and artists for extended visits to the University.

At Pepperdine Visiting Scholars are tasked with teaching courses, delivering guest lectures in classes, conducting seminars, participating in symposia, and performing (in the case of artists, poets, musicians). They are also encouraged to engage in informal dialogues with faculty and students and, through mutual agreement, conduct independent research and write.

Pepperdine has previously welcomed Ken Elzinga, University of Virginia, and professors Jake and Rhonda Jacobsen from Messiah College, through the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program.

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