Christopher P. Momany, Chaplain and part-time professor of Philosophy/Religion at Adrian College, has announced his new book, “For Each and All: The Moral Witness of Asa Mahan,” will be released on October 1. The 224-page paperback from Wesley’s Foundery Books is crafted around Mahan, Adrian College’s first president. However, the book is really not a biography, according to the author. It explores moral theory and the teaching of ethics before the American Civil War and how that discipline informed the slavery debate. Momany notes the book uses primary source material to help readers rediscover the moral and philosophical waters of antebellum America from which Mahan drew his religious convictions and crafted his moral principles. The author also shows how Mahan interacted with and informed leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Momany said even in post-modernity, there is such a thing as right and wrong. “The Civil War was about deciding who counted as one of us and what rights, privileges, and duties we would afford each other,” Momany said. “It was not a foregone conclusion that America would denounce slavery as unconditionally wrong. Into this arena steps Asa Mahan. Asa Mahan was an abolitionist, college president, author, and clergyperson who advocated that there is intrinsic value in every human being, and for our country to honor its covenant with its citizens, all must actively engage in differences peacefully with justice and hope.”
A review of the book by Ronald C. White, New York Times Best Selling author of “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant” and author of “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” said of Momany’s new book, “Christopher Momany deserves praise for restoring Asa Mahan to his deserved place in American history. Mahan’s multiple careers — antislavery advocate, theologian who taught Christian Perfection, and president of Oberlin and Adrian Colleges — are deftly defined within the larger crosscurrents of nineteenth century intellectual thought. Momany’s deep engagement with Mahan allows readers to see connections with contemporary issues.”
The 6”x9” book, priced at $39.99, will be available for sale at the Adrian College Arrington Bookstore, Cokesbury, Amazon and UpperRoom Books. A book signing is scheduled for Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Arrington Bookstore.