Allen Verhey of Religion Faculty
Writes "Remembering Jesus"
Posted February 5, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. Allen Verhey of the Hope College
religion faculty is the author of "Remembering Jesus:
Christian Community, Scripture, and the Moral Life,"
published recently by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. of
In the book, Verhey asserts that following Jesus
requires remembering Jesus, which entails reading and
understanding Scripture, where the memory of Jesus is found.
"Remembering Jesus" examines what Jesus said and did, and
applies it to medical, sexual, economic and political
ethics. The book also explores the church in relation to
"Remembering Jesus requires participation in, and
formation by, practices of the church, like reading
Scripture, prayer and moral discourse," Verhey writes in the
book. "By remembering Jesus--and by remembering the early
churches remembering jesus--[this book seeks] to contribute
to the efforts of Christian congregations to discern the
shape and style of lives 'worthy of the gospel' and 'in
memory of Jesus.'"
The 538-page book grew out of a series of
lectures, "Remembering Jesus in the Moral Life," that Verhey
presented more than a decade ago for the summer program in
continuing education at Union Theological Seminary in
Virginia. The book is dedicated to Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis,
who retired from Hope in 2001, for his distinguished service
to the college as provost.
Verhey is the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink
Professor of Religion at Hope. He is the author or editor
of nine other books, including "The Great Reversal: Ethics
and the New Testament," and the anthology "On Moral
Medicine: Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics," the
latter of which won a CHOICE award as one of the outstanding
academic books of 1987.
He has written some 200 articles which have
appeared in journals, as chapters of scholarly books or as
contributions to encyclopedias. His work is discussed in
the 1997 book "Theological Ethics and Holy Scripture: The
Use of Scripture in the Works of James A. Gustafson, R. Paul
Ramsey, and Allen D. Verhey," a dissertation written by
Laurens Wouter Bilkes.
Verhey has served on the Board of Directors of the
Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan and on the board
of the Society of Christian Ethics, and is currently on the
board of the Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life.
His editorial board memberships include the "Library of
Theological Ethics," the "Journal of Religious Ethics,"
"Ethics and Medicine," and "Christian Bioethics."
He joined the Hope faculty in 1975. From 1992 to
1994, he was director and a fellow with the Institute of
Religion at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. During
1993-94 he was an adjunct professor with the Department of
Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and with the
Center for Ethics, Medicine and Public Issues. During the
spring of 1994, he was a Rockwell Distinguished Scholar and
Visiting Lecturer in Religion at the University of Houston.
In 2001, he gave the Alexander Robertson Lectures at the
University of Glasgow.
Verhey holds a bachelor of arts degree from Calvin
College, a bachelor of divinity from Calvin Theological
Seminary and a doctorate from Yale University.