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Divinity Professor Lands Prestigious Book Award

By Amanda Morad | November 2, 2012

The faculty Regent University's School of Divinity is well-stocked with authors, scholars and experts in a variety of theological study areas who have claimed many awards and recognitions for their work. Most recently, assistant professor Dr. NĂ©stor Medina won the 2012 Book Award from the Hispanic Theological Initiative for his book, Mestizaje: Remapping Race, Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism.

The book traces the innovative ways in which Catholic theologians have turned the concept of Mestizaje—the biological and cultural mixture between indigenous Americans and Europeans—into a powerful framework for articulating the faith experiences of Latino communities.

At the same time, Medina examines some of the limitations and contradictions inherent in this concept and explores new language for describing the vibrant and complex ethno-cultural and religious identity of Latino communities today.

"Given its competitive nature, the prize is the highest recognition of any one Latino's theological work and contributions in academia," Medina explained. "There is no other recognition of Latinos at this level."

The Hispanic Theological Initiative supports Latino scholars in the United States and Puerto Rico through granting scholarships and providing mentorship for Latino graduate students of theology.

The book award was designed to highlight the important contributions of Latino scholars to the academic study of theology and religion. Latino and non-Latino scholars weigh in on the award in order to gauge the impact of such contributions in and outside of Latino scholarly circles.

"I am quite proud of Dr. Medina's success," said Dr. Michael Palmer, dean of the School of Divinity. "The recognition he has received represents not only the accomplishment of a good scholar but also an affirmation of the maturity and diversity of our faculty."

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