Annual Book & Research Award
The Book and Research Awards initiative is one way that the MIDWC works to promote and recognize exemplary scholarship that addresses Dallas Willard’s four primary concerns for the Christian spiritual formation movement and the broader academic and church communities.
2019 Book Award Co-winners
Becoming Dallas Willard, by Gary Moon
Christ-Centered Mindfulness, by Katherine Thompson
2019 Research Prize Co-winners:
Eudaimonism, by Mark LeBar in the Oxford Handbook of Virtue
Mark LeBar is Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He works in moral, social, and political philosophy. Mark has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, an MA in philosophy from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He enjoys working with undergraduates as well as helping graduate students create their own projects.
The Evidential Force of Spiritual Maturity and the Christian Doctrine of Sanctification, by Steven Porter in Religious Studies
Steven Porter teaches theology and philosophy for Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and at Rosemead School of Psychology. His areas of interest include theological methodology, the doctrine of sanctification, philosophical theology and the integration of psychology and theology. He has contributed articles to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Faith and Philosophy, Journal for Psychology and Theology, etc. Steve and his wife Alicia live with their son Luke and daughter Siena in Long Beach, Calif.
The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church by Mark R. McMinn
Mark McMinn received his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College and a PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. He is Professor and Director of Faith Integration in the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University. His current research interests include the integration of psychology and Christianity, positive psychology, and technology in psychology practice. Mark writes software, including apps for mobile devices.
"Neuroscience, Spiritual Formation, and Bodily Souls: A Critique of Christian Physicalism" by Brandon Rickabaugh and C. Stephen Evans
Brandon Rickabaugh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Baylor University, a fellow of the SCP's Fellowship for Science Cross-Training (neuroscience), and a scholar in the Conyers Graduate Scholars Program at Baylor University.
Stephen Evans is a professor of philosophy and humanities at Baylor University and earned his Ph.D. from Yale University.