A New Journal for the Renewal of Classical Thought in Academia

The New England Didache

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The purpose of this journal is to help promote classical thought in contemporary academia in order to help renew the intellectual culture. This is accomplished through increasing philosophical and theological research by way of apprenticeship in writing, research, and publication for graduate students in philosophy and theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

This site will be used to host each edition of The New England Didache as well as blog posts, commentaries, and multi-media presentations from contributors and editors.  The site is still under construction but please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, and provide your contact information to receive updates regarding the status of the journal.  We will be calling for papers in the coming months with the intention of publishing in the Fall of 2017.

The New England Didache was founded by Jonathan Stute, M.A., Jacob Nelson, M.T.S., Professor Christopher Apodaca, M.A., Philip Kallberg, M.A.(c), Dr. Elizabeth Rex, and Dr. Sebastian Mahfoodm O.P. who serves in an advisory role.  These individuals are dedicated to high quality academic work and offering engaging insights into every day life.  We will be accepting applications from graduate students at Holy Apostles who have completed at least 18 credits of graduate level theology or philosophy. Please contact JStute@HolyApostles.Edu to inquire about submitting papers or becoming a peer-review editor.

Please see the journal description below for more details.

May God richly bless you,

Professor Jonathan L. Stute, M.T.S.

Vision Statement

The New England Didache will increase the research capacity of Holy Apostles College and Seminary by way of its professors and graduates to better engage the contemporary academic institution.

Mission Statement

The ressourcement of classical philosophy will be the foundation for an aggiornamento of the expression of truth in a post-modern world.

Journal Description

The Journal will pull together outstanding work from students, faculty and graduates from Holy Apostles College and Seminary to build The New England Didache. The journal itself will highlight each of the graduate philosophy and theology concentrations from the theology program at Holy Apostles. The journal will be published on a bi-annual basis drawing from 6 concentrations per publication. Each edition will offer an opportunity for professors to write on a topic of their choosing for the journal to showcase. Since our hope is to reach out to the academic community at large, we will also have a number of academics from other institutions contribute to as well. The journal will also include cross-promotional opportunities for other entities at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. This may include items such as books, programs, The Dead Philosophers Society, lecture series, retreats and other events deemed important to the growth of Holy Apostles College as well as its’ students, faculty and graduates.

Scope of the Journal

In alignment with our mission statement, the focus of The New England Didache will be on selections which bring classical thought into engagement with a post-modern world.  Students, alumni, and professors within the 12 graduate concentrations available at Holy Apostles College and Seminary will submit articles for consideration. The topics will include paper submissions relating from the concentration core but due to the well-rounded curriculum at Holy Apostles, writers may submit papers not pertaining to their declared concentration if they are written with excellence.

Papers submitted must be formatted per the Holy Apostles College and Seminary standards.  Submissions should be single space 4-6 pages long but outstanding work that is shorter or longer will also be considered.  All contributors will be asked to make revisions for style, grammar, punctuation, and content which will increase the page length to 5-8 single space pages. If a student is submitting a paper from a class then they should provide the letter grade which they received along with the endorsement of their professor.  Any necessary changes should be made to bring the material to standards which will showcase the best work Holy Apostles has to offer.

In addition, we will be featuring one professor to write an article of his or her choosing for the journal. In doing so, we give students an example of excellence for which they can strive to imitate. In future editions, we would like to provide space for an article from a professor not associated with Holy Apostles.  This would be offered to help raise awareness of the journal in the wider academic world.

Peer Review Board

The peer review board will consist of students, alumni, and faculty which will manage different concentrations in the graduate programs. Each reviewer will be responsible for revising submissions in their assigned or chosen subjects. Preferably, the reviewer will be a student, alumni, or instructor in the concentration which they are supervising.  Students should have completed at least 18 credits at the graduate level or hold a terminal degree in a related field so that they have had time to develop the skills of higher-level scholarly research and writing.  If a reviewer is a graduate student at Holy Apostles, they may cross over into a field different than their concentration if they possess a terminal degree in that subject matter.

The number of submissions from the various concentrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The reviewer will choose from one of three to five submissions in their concentrations per edition. If a student’s paper is not accepted, they may resubmit that paper for the next edition of The New England Didache.  Before publication, authors must make any changes to their paper which were advised by teachers and reviewers.

Peer Review Board Members:

John Stute, M.A.
President and Founder
Apologetics, Sacred Scripture, and Historical Theology Review

Jacob Nelson, M.T.S, M.A. (c)
Vice-President and Co-Founder
Dogmatic Theology, General Theology, and Moral Theology

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, O.P.
Faculty Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Rex
Founding Review Board Member
Bioethics and Ethics

Professor Christopher Apodaca, M.A.
Founding Faculty Member and Review Board Member
Christian Wisdom

Phillip Kallberg, M.A.
Founding Review Board Member
Systematic Philosophy, Historical Philosophy, General Philosophy

Want to join the Peer Review Board?

We will accept applications and perform interviews with students who would like to be a part of this project.  The New England Didache will be more than just an academic journal but will also be a means of discipling future academics for the work of the New Evangelization in the world of higher-education. Please contact NED@HolyApostles.Edu for more details.

Journal Delivery

In keeping with Holy Apostle’s well-regarded online presence, the New England Didache will be delivered online. One of our needs, therefore, is a person who is skilled in web design to help provide guidance and management of the website in order to present a clear and professional appearance.  The domain name of www.TheNewEnglandDidache.com for  hosting of the journal has been purchased. It is proposed that this be linked to the Holy Apostles website under the online learning section or given its own unique tab to facilitate ease of access and institutional affiliation with Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

After the first edition is assembled and ready for publication, it will be submitted in a request to receive an ISSN number. This will add a layer of credibility to a newly founded journal in order to gain more respect in the field. In the future, it is endeavored to provide a print version of the journal through En Route Books and Media.  This will be funded by a gofundme campaign in which donors will be given opportunity to grow the journal.  In the first printed edition, donors will be given a tribute page in honor of their contribution.

Conclusion

An academic journal is a sign of serious research and credibility at an institution.  Holy Apostles already has a strong online presence and academic reputation.  By founding an academic journal, Holy Apostles will be able to train their graduate students for the work required in academia which will help place Holy Apostles graduates in class rooms to complete Holy Apostle’s mission to cultivate lay, consecrated, and ordained leaders for the New Evangelization by helping graduates become formators of the minds of our future leaders through a renewal of thought by a return to classical sources.

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