Castelo Holiness Book Published

Holiness as a Liberal Art

Associate Professor of Theology Daniel Castelo is the contributing editor of a book of essays just published by Wipf and Stock titled Holiness as  Liberal Art, which includes 10 essays on holiness from the School of Theology.

Contributors include School of Theology Dean and Professor of the History of Christianity Doug Strong; Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina (with Seminary student Kelsie Job); Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall; Professor of Educational Ministry Bob Drovdahl; Associate Professor of Theology Doug Koskela; Associate Professor of New Testament Studies Dave Nienhuis; Assistant Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry Mike Langford; Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison; Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture Jeff Keuss; and Castelo (with Seminary student Mark Stone).

From the publisher

Holiness is a topic that is rarely discussed in Christian colleges and seminaries, yet the rationale for the existence of these institutions is that they provide environments where people can grow into the image of Christ. In other words, these places exist so that Christians can grow in holiness. The essays collected in this volume treat the theme of holiness from a variety of theological disciplines, all with the purpose of disabusing Christians from mischaracterizations of the theme as well as offering a vision for what the Christian life could look like. In both simple and profound ways, holiness is a liberal art; it is the Christian way and shape of life.


When asked to justify their existence, many Christian liberal arts colleges and universities resort to empty platitudes about student-teacher ratios and the general safety of their campuses. Comparatively rare is the school that can articulate a compelling, theological vision for higher education. In Holiness as a Liberal Art, several leading faculty from Seattle Pacific University have done just that. Here is a challenge for us all to rethink how and why we learn.

— Jason Vickers, United Theological Seminary

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012