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April 18, 2014

NSA grad students to publish previously-untranslated Reformation-era texts worldwide
An initiative at New Saint Andrews College will fund graduate student fellowships to translate theological works of 16th- and 17th-century Reformers from Latin to modern English for use by Christians around the world.

With two founding gifts – of a rare collection of Reformation-era books and funding for two initial graduate fellowships – the College plans to begin translation work this fall. In launching what has become known as “Wenden House Project,” students in the College’s Theology & Letters M.A. program will be the initial beneficiaries, receiving annual fellowships of half or more of their graduate tuition in exchange for translation work. The College’s Tyndale Library will provide a home for the Wenden House Project Collection, and ultimately, the students’ translation work will be published in both scholarly volumes and for free use online by Christians worldwide.

Support for the project has come from a private donor and the Davenant Trust, a recently-founded organization dedicated to the renewal of Protestant theology and historical scholarship.

“We’re very grateful for the gifts we’ve received for this initiative,” said NSA President Roy Atwood. “It’s a boon to our graduate program and opens doors for others to join us in supporting and growing this bold initiative that has such global impact.” President Atwood commended College Dean Dr. Ben Merkle, who will provide the editorial direction and program oversight, for his visionary work in establishing the project.

“The Anglo-Saxon verb wenden literally means ‘to turn’ or ‘to redirect,’” explained Merkle. “Our goal will be the same: to redirect the insights of the sixteenth century into the twenty-first.”  Merkle likened the project to King Alfred the Great’s ninth century recovery of Latin volumes of early church fathers like Augustine and Gregory which were similarly left untranslated on library shelves.

The Master of Arts program in Theology & Letters at New Saint Andrews College is an academically-rigorous, two-year graduate program for those aspiring to be theologically-informed creative writers and/or culturally-informed theologians. Students interested in the Davenant Fellowships to be awarded by the Wenden House Project should inquire at (208) 882-1566.


Why NSA: A faculty worthy of imitation, fellow students to spur you on
New Saint Andrews College is a close-knit community of leading Christian scholar-teachers and a select number of students from diverse church backgrounds studying the integration of all knowledge under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Through its time-tested, rigorous approach to higher education and life in its small but lively college town environment, New Saint Andrews students gain a classical liberal arts education and practice in engaging, shaping and creating culture.

It’s a college education for all of life, with alumni creating and producing in the fields of their various callings, and sowing seeds of faithfulness for generations to come in their homes, neighborhoods, churches, schools, businesses and communities. Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in business, writing, law, economics, teaching, technology and the ministry, and advanced study at places like Oxford, Duke, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.

The ISI Guide to All-American Colleges describes New Saint Andrews as “intellectually rigorous and firmly grounded in the Christian tradition." The College, which limits undergraduate enrollment to no more than 200, also offers graduate programs in “Theology & Letters” and “Classical Christian Studies.” Students come from 30 states, seven foreign countries and represent 20 different Christian denominations.

Frequently cited for its exceptional value, the College’s full-time, pre-paid tuition is less than half of the average private college or university. New Saint Andrews is located in historic downtown Moscow, a town of 23,200 in the picturesque Palouse hills region of Idaho. Moscow is also home the University of Idaho, and Washington State University is across the border in nearby Pullman.

What they say about NSA:

“A bold evangelical experiment to arm undergraduates for the 21st century’s culture wars with 17th-century learning" – New York Times Magazine

NSA’s tuition “is a steal compared to other private colleges” – ISI’s Guide to All-American Colleges

“Intellectually rigorous and firmly grounded in the Christian tradition”– Intercollegiate Studies Institute

NSA is “offering timely lessons for the broader higher education community” – Seeing the Light: Religious Colleges in the 21st Century

“Among Best Colleges for Homeschoolers” –

NSA students are among the nation’s “Most free-spirited” – Newsweek/Daily Beast

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Classical Christian Studies graduate program attracts increased interest

The college's Classical Christian Studies graduate program is designed to equip a new generation of educator for the growing classical Christian education revival. The 32-credit M.St. degree can be accomplished in two and a half years and only requires three trips to campus. The year-round low-residency approach is friendly to the working educator's busy schedule. No prior Latin is required. For more information on the graduate programs at NSA, click here. Or check out an overview of the Classical Christian Studies course schedule for the 2012-13 academic year..

NSA Fellow of Classical Languages Timothy Griffith is among the faculty involved in the college's Classical Christian Studies graduate program. Griffith teaches courses in Latin vocabulary, grammar, composition, and conversation.

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Reformation Banquet Nov. 1

The College's Annual Reformation Banquet is set for Friday, November 1st. Watch for more details.

Grace Agenda Weekend in Moscow is October 18-21

There's never a better time to visit New Saint Andrews than in the fall during the Grace Agenda Conference Weekend. Activities begin Friday at 8:15 AM.


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Faculty Profile: Mitch Stokes
A Senior Fellow of Philosophy, Dr. Mitchell O. Stokes teaches Faith and Reason, multiple math courses and occasional graduate classes. He also recently published a book titled "A Shot of Faith to the Head" (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2012) and has written books on "Galileo" and "Isaac Newton" as part of Thomas Nelson's "Christian Encounter Series." Mitch is married to Christine and resides in Moscow with their four children. Dr. Stokes is also interested in martial arts and boxing.
Dr. Mitch Stokes
Senior Fellow of Philosophy

This new degree of Bachelor of Science does not guarantee that the holder knows any science. It does guarantee that he does not know any Latin.”
– Dean Briggs, Harvard College (1900)

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