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Lewis B. Smedes Collection, 1953-1998

Collection Overview

Title: Lewis B. Smedes Collection, 1953-1998

ID: COLL/234

Creator: Smedes, Lewis B. (1921-2002)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author. The collection includes commencement address; correspondence; and articles on various topics including divorce, abortion, witnessing, death, and homosexuality.

Biographical Note

Lewis Benedictus Smedes was born in Muskegon, Michigan on August 20, 1921. Smedes attended Calvin College and Seminary, earning his Th.B. in 1950.  He went on to earn his Th.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1954. Also in 1954, Smedes accepted the call from Madison Ave. CRC in Paterson, New Jersey where he was ordained. Smedes served the church until 1957, when he accepted a faculty position from his alma mater, Calvin College. He would serve the college as professor of Bible until 1970. He had a brief stint teaching at the Free University from 1968 to 1969.

In 1970 Smedes accepted a teaching position at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He taught in the Seminary's Department of Theology and Ethics until 1989. He went on to serve the Seminary as a professor of Psychology until his retirement in 1995.

Outside the classroom, Smedes was also known as an acclaimed writer. He had published 15 books, including Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve and The Art of Forgiving. The professor and author, Smedes was named a Distinguished Alumni from Calvin College in 1985. In 2002 Smedes suffered from a fatal head injury. He was survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris (Dekker) and 3 children.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Articles --- 1952-1989Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Shelf list; bibliography; brochure from "The National Convocation of Christian Leaders, 1982: Articles from The Reformed Journal, 1952-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles from The Reformed Journal --- 1970-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Article "Like the Wideness of the Sea" --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Men and Missions," articles from the Missionary Monthly --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Nature of the Church and Some Problems in Evangelism [HERH BV3795.S56] --- 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Commencement address, "Keeping Hope Alive" --- 1998Add to your cart.
Series 2: Correspondence --- 1953-1987Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 1953-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 12: 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 14-15: 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 1973Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4-5: 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7-8: 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 1985-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Memorial service, paper copy and CD --- 20 Dec 2002Add to your cart.