H18-1980.80. Van Saun, Walter (1889-1950). Papers, 1928-1950. 0.50 linear ft.


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Walter Van Saun was born in Cherry Grove, Ohio, on September 22, 1889. He was educated at Mt. Washington High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received an A.B. degree from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, in 1913; attended Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati from 1915-1917; eaned a B.D. from Bonebrake Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, in 1918; earned an M.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1928 and a Ph.D. in 1929. He was also ordained as a minister in the Reformed Church in America in 1930. From 1908-1910 he taught at Eight Mile Public School. He served as a pastor in the United Brethren Church at Harrison, Ohio, 1913-1917; North Bend, Ohio, 1918-1922; New Hope, Ohio, 1922-1923; and Mt. Airy, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1923-1927. He also served on the editorial committee for the Intelligencer Leader, 1934-1936. He served Hope College as the alumni professor of philosophy, 1929-1931, and professor of philosophy, 1931-1950. He passed away in Holland, Michigan, on July 26, 1950. The collection contains articles written by Van Saun, biographical information, correspondence with Van Saun and his widow and daughter, a 1936 bound volume titled “Selections from The Philosophy of Revelation, The Stone Lectures for 1908-1909, Princeton Theological Seminary by Herman Bavinck…Selections Arranged by Walter Van Saun,” a 1928 master’s degree thesis submitted by Van Saun to the department of philosophy of the University of Cincinnati titled “The Sources and Content of St. Augustine’s Idea of God,” and a 1929 Ph.D. thesis in three volumes submitted by Van Saun to the faculty of the University of Cincinnati titled “The Development of St. Augustine’s Idea of God.”


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