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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.