Posted by Jack Brymer on 2011-10-26

A new book of essays, Thinking Christianly, honoring the life and work of the late Thomas E. Corts, will be presented on Thursday afternoon, October 27, at 3 p.m. at the Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall of Samford University.  The public is invited.

Subtitled Christian Higher Education and a Vigorous Life of the Mind, the book is a compilation of essays by noted authors and friends of Corts, and was edited by Paul Corts, brother of the late president of Samford University from September, 1983 until his retirement in May, 2006.

Samford University Provost Brad Creed will moderate the colloquium, which will feature eight of the essay contributors. They are: Paul Corts, Lyle Dorsett, Wayne Flynt, Timothy George, Fisher Humphreys, Roger Lovette, Calvin Miller, Eric Motley and Bill Nunnelley. Essayists unable to attend are John Stott, William Hull, Gerald Bray, and J.I. Packer.

In the book’s Foreword, editor Paul Corts wrote: “My prayer, and I believe it would be Tom’s as well, is that this volume would be a testimonial of gratitude to the countless numbers of committed Christians through the ages who have nurtured the life of the mind through a life of service in Christian higher education.”

In the concluding chapter titled The Summation of a Life Well Lived, essayist Bill Nunnelley noted that Corts had said when he retired that “I do not want to be on a shelf.”

“Corts did not live his life (of retirement) on a shelf, but served with his whole heart, mind, and body until the very day God called him home,” he wrote, noting that Corts’s life was cut short by a heart attack in February 2009 at the age of sixty-seven years.

Persons attending the colloquium will received a complimentary copy of the book.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.