Guest / Limited Access /
Honoring David Neff, The Gentleman Scholar

When I started in 2007 as CT's copy editor, I had three go-to grammar guides: The American Heritage Dictionary, The Chicago Manual of Style, and David Neff.

It turns out the last guide was also the best. After spotting a misplaced comma or extra hyphen, David would walk down to my office, kindly and clearly explain the linguistic law behind the change, and point me to the right CMS entry. And also throw in a historical tidbit, just for fun. I trusted his wisdom so much that I began asking WWDD?—"What Would David Do?"—before tricky editing projects, as no doubt many staff have over the years.

Conversations like these underscore why editor Mark Galli named David "a gentleman and a scholar" at a June board meeting honoring David's legacy. In various leadership roles (six of them!) over 28 years, David kept this magazine centered on the Cross when many voices co-opted the word evangelical for political ends. Yet David also made sure CT's firm theology bore witness to social issues of the day, calling Christians to bring the Good News to all members and segments of society. The gentleman-scholar's fingerprints are all over two key documents of evangelical thought: "For the Health of the Nation" (2004) and "An Evangelical Manifesto" (2008).

David's fingerprints are also all over this ministry. Some prints worth noting here: helping to launch sister magazine Books & Culture; prepping a forthcoming Spanish edition of CT; mentoring former and current staff who are shaping religious journalism in their own key ways; representing CT in dialogues with Jews, Mormons, and Muslims; and in countless seen and unseen ways, raising our bar of journalistic ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedHow Theologians Have Failed Asian Christians—and How They Can Do Better
How Theologians Have Failed Asian Christians—and How They Can Do Better
Rather than forcing “elite” agendas upon grassroots believers, says Simon Chan, we need to take their concerns seriously.
TrendingLecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show
Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show
(UPDATED) Performance with The Roots was the first by a Christian rapper on late-night TV.
Editor's PickStudy: Where Are the Women Leading Evangelical Organizations?
Study: Where Are the Women Leading Evangelical Organizations?
That's the mystery the Gender Parity Project, whose results debut this weekend, sets out to solve.
Comments
Christianity Today
Honoring David Neff, The Gentleman Scholar
hide thisJuly/August July/August

In the Magazine

July/August 2013

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.