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Max L. Stackhouse papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCM 412

Scope and Contents

The Max L. Stackhouse papers contain correspondence, research, and writings collected during his career at Andover Newton Theological School and Princeton Theological Seminary. The collection also includes some mixed media and personal ephemera.

Dates

  • 1952 - 2013

Language of Materials

English, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

Conditions Governing Access

There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Max Lynn Stackhouse was born July 29, 1935. He attended DePauw University, earning his B.A., and soon after did a year-long course of study at Nijenrode University (then known as Nederlands Opleidings Instituut). Following, Stackhouse completed his master's degree at Harvard Divinity School, and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, with his dissertation titled, “Eschatology and Ethical Method in W. Rauschenbusch and R. Niebuhr.”

Soon thereafter he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, where he stayed until 1993. During his time at Andover Newton, Stackhouse co-founded the Boston College-Andover Newton Joint Doctoral Program, and served as the Chairman of the Department of Religion and Society. In 1993, he came to Princeton Theological Seminary as the Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics. Stackhouse studied and wrote extensively on the relationship between theological ethics and social life. He taught courses on the place of faith in educational life, the theological implications of the arts, religion and journalism, and theological responsibility to the environment. He was also especially interested in the work of Abraham Kuyper, helping to found the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and serving as its first director. Stackhouse was also director of Princeton Theological Seminary’s project on Public Theology, served as President of the Berkshire Institute for Theology and the Arts, and worked as the President of the Society of Christian Ethics. As an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Stackhouse was involved in the Berkshire Association of Ministers and Churches in Massachusetts, and the Evangelische Kirche der Union-UCC Working Group Board for Global Ministries.

Throughout his career, Max L. Stackhouse stood as a central figure in the field of Christian ethics and was a pioneer in the study of globalization and public theology. Among his most influential works are the 4-volume series titled God and Globalization, of which he is co-author; Public Theology and Political Economy (1991); Apologia: Contextualization, Globalization, and Mission in Theological Education (1988); The Local Church in a Global Era (2000); and Covenant and Commitments: Faith, Family, and Economic Life (1997).

Max L. Stackhouse died January 30, 2016, in West Stockbridge, Mass. He was 80 years old.

Max L. Stackhouse

July 29, 1935
Born
1957
Graduates from DePauw University wiht B.A.
1957-1958
Attended Nijenrode University (then Nederlands Opleidings Instituut) in Breukelen, Holland.
1958-1961
Graduated from Harvard Divinity School with B.D. and MA.
1961
Ordained in the United Church of Christ.
1965
Graduated from Harvard University with Ph.D.
1966-1969
Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School
1969-1972
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School
1972-1992
Chairman, Department of Religion and Society at Andover Newton Theological School
1972-1993
Co-Founder, Past-President of Boston College-Andover Newton Joint Doctoral Program
1972-1993
Herbert Gezork Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School
1994
Received Honorary Doctorate from DePauw University
1993-2004
Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary
1997
Director and Founder of Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology

Extent

61.84 Linear Feet (67 records cartons, 14 archives boxes)

Overview

Max L. Stackhouse, Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, was a central figure in Christian ethics and a pioneer in the study of globalization and public theology. This collection contains correspondence, research, and writings collected during his career at Andover Newton Theological School and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Arrangement

The Max L. Stackhouse papers have been arranged into seven series:
  1. Correspondence (1-18)
  2. Subject Files (19-40)
  3. Administrative Files (36-37)
  4. Conferences (38-40)
  5. Writings – By Others (41-56)
  6. Writings – By Max L. Stackhouse (57-73)
  7. Multimedia Collection (74-76)
  8. Later Accessions (77-81)

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Daniel Geary and Sara Tillema in Fall 2014-Summer 2015 under the supervision of Curator of Special Collections and Archivist Kenneth Henke.

The finding aid was created in ArchivesSpace in 2016 by Patricia Goodall.
Title
Max L. Stackhouse papers
Status
Completed
Author
Sara Tillema
Date
2015
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Princeton Theological Seminary
Library
PO Box 821
Princeton NJ 08542 USA