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Stranger in a Strange Land: C. Stephen Evans


Arthur Holmes: A Life Well-Lived

Editor's Note: In this issue we feature a guest column by Baylor University's C. Stephen Evans. This tribute to longtime Wheaton College philosophy professor Arthur Holmes, based on a eulogy Evans gave at the memorial service, will appear in slightly different form in Wheaton's alumni magazine.

It is impossible to say all that should be said about Arthur Holmes in the brief time I have, since Arthur made such a profound impact in so many areas, several of which I can only mention. But I want to begin by paying tribute to the crucial role Alice Holmes played as his partner, confidante, encourager, and so much more. I know from my experiences in their home that Art would not have achieved what he did without Alice.

Now to Arthur. Of course something must be said about Art's role in making Wheaton College the institution it is today. Not only did Art create a first-rate philosophy program; he constantly worked to make the college as a whole both academically first-rate and deeply Christian in every way.

Next, consider Art's contribution to Christian philosophy. Many of you have heard of Art's dream of sending 100 students into philosophy to give the profession of philosophy a solid Christian presence, a dream that with God's help was substantially fulfilled. Art not only sent generations of Wheaton students to graduate school, but made considerable contributions to the field through his own publications. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Society of Christian Philosophers, which today has more than a thousand members.

What about Art's contributions to the whole community of Christian higher education? Many of the brightest Christian scholars in many fields, such as Mark Noll in history, David Jeffrey and Roger Lundin in literature, Marianne Meye Thompson and Walter Hansen in biblical studies, were transformed by being Art's students. And that is not to mention the contributions Art's students have made in theology, biblical studies, the law, medicine, and ...

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