This year the American Academy of Religions awarded book prizes to two members of the Columbia-Barnard community — Professor Wendi Adamek (Chinese Buddhism) and Professor Mark C. Taylor (Philosophy of Religion).
These awards honor works of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance, books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted.
Adamek's book is entitled, The Mystique of Transmission: On an Early Chan History and its Contexts (reviewed here) and won the award for excellence in the "textual study of religion." Winners of this prize are books focused on the analysis, interpretation, or translation of a particular text or group of texts in the study of religion.
Taylor's book, After God won the prize for excellence in the category of "constructive-reflective study of religion." Winners of this award are contemporary works that deal with issues of ethics, philosophy, interpretation, theology or analogous forms of critical reflection.
Congratulations to Professors Taylor and Adamek!