ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Douglas Firth Anderson, professor emeritus of history at Northwestern College, has contributed a chapter to a new book about California history.

“California Dreaming: Society and Culture in the Golden State” was published in September by Pickwick Publications.

The volume features eight authors inquiring into the moral questions that emerge from studying California.

Anderson contributed a chapter titled “Engaging Landscapes: San Francisco Bay Area Protestants in the Progressive Era.” He examines the way Anglo-American Protestants in the first two decades of the 1900s engaged with both the natural and sociocultural landscapes of the Bay Area, citing Protestantism’s impact on the rise of environmentalism in America. 

Richard Mouw, a 1959 graduate of Northwestern Junior College who is the president emeritus and professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary, also wrote a chapter. He contributed “The Enigma of California: Reflections on a Theological Subject.”

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