Posted by William Nunnelley on 2004-11-10

Dr. George Marsden, noted professor of American religious and intellectual history at the University of Notre Dame, received the John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography presented annually by Samford University's Beeson Divinity School.

Dr. Marsden was honored for his book, Jonathan Edwards: A Life, published in 2003 by Yale University. Edwards was the Massachusetts preacher whose messages helped bring about the first Great Awakening to religion in the American colonies in the 1730s.

Already this year, Marsden's biography of Edwards has won the Bancroft Award presented by Columbia University for the best book in American history and the Merle Curti Award given by the Organization of American Historians for the best book on American intellectual history.

Marsden, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame, is the author of 14 books and numerous book chapters, scholarly articles and book reviews. At Notre Dame since 1992, he also has taught at Duke University Divinity School, Calvin College and Yale.

The Pollock Award is named for the British author of more than 30 books on religion, the majority of them biographies of Christian leaders. Beeson Divinity School established the award in 2001.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.