news-category: Academics

Through Honors Research, Isaac Tuttle, ’20, Discovers Fascinating Character of A.C. Dixon

screenshot of Isaac Tuttle presentation

Tuttle’s Experience Taught Him Benefits of Completing Laborious Study

Isaac Tuttle, ’20, of Lenoir, N.C., enhanced his college experience by participating in the Gardner-Webb University Honors Program. He earned his degrees in history, and philosophy and theology. Recently, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Tuttle and other Honors students presented their research in a Zoom teleconference.

In the fall, Tuttle plans to attend the University of Alabama’s graduate school in history. He hopes to earn his doctorate and would like to teach history at the college level.

Tuttle’s research topic was “Peace as an Ideological War: How the Life of A.C. Dixon Reveals the Major Shifts in Transatlantic Evangelicalism after the U.S. Civil War.”

Q: Why did you choose your research topic and refine your study?

Tuttle: I chose my topic as I researched various facets of it throughout my history courses at Gardner-Webb. I began with a study of Charles Spurgeon’s relationship with the American South, but this eventually led me to the fascinating character of A.C. Dixon. Little did I know that this oft forgotten individual from Shelby, N.C., was such a pivotal figure in transatlantic evangelicalism. The more I researched, the more I realized that A.C. Dixon should be the focal point and Spurgeon should only be peripheral. Because of Dixon’s vast array of connections, he became a Fundamentalist medium through which I could observe all the major transatlantic theological shifts in evangelicalism.”

Q: What valuable lessons did you learn from doing your research?

Tuttle: There are countless things I learned along the way. I learned that in historical writing it is critical that one be concise yet profound. An historian has to be clear but also poignant. I learned that research is difficult and laborious, but it can also be exciting, adventurous, and very rewarding. I discovered bold and thought-provoking historians whom I had never previously encountered. I was reminded of how exciting new ideas can be and, likewise, how invigorating discovering old ideas continues to be.

Q: How did the GWU Honors Program enhance your GWU experience?

Tuttle: The Honors program has given me opportunities I never would have otherwise been offered. I have been able to serve, lead, plan, and participate in more ways than I can adequately convey.

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.

Previous News Article

GWU Honors Student Presents Research Proposal on Effects of Caffeine on Soccer Midfielders

Next News Article

Gardner-Webb Honors Student Presents Research on Campus Water Quality

Related News

  • News Article

    Gardner-Webb’s Dover Library Receives State Grant to Digitize Historical Records

    19th Century Historic Documents and Church Records Helpful for Genealogical and Academic Research BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University’s Dover Library recently received a $42,000 grant from the State Library of North Carolina. The money will be used to digitize historical church records on microfilm and documents in the Cleveland County Historical Collection. The project is a […]

  • News Article

    Gardner-Webb Graduates Consistently Achieve 100% Pass Rate on Licensure Exams for Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling

    Program Prepares Students with Experiential Learning, Review and Support from Faculty and Classmates   BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The National Institute for Health Care Management reports that 49% of Americans live in a mental health workforce shortage area. Helping to meet this need are alumni of Gardner-Webb University’s accredited Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Master […]

    Three students and a teacher sit in a classroom.
  • News Article

    Tickets Still Available for July 20 Concert with Carl Cartee at Gardner-Webb’s Brinkley Amphitheater

    A Fundraiser for GWU Mission & Service Trips, Event Includes Shaylee Simeone and April Cushman BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Tickets are on sale now for the second event in the Summer in the Springs concert series in Gardner-Webb University’s Brinkley Amphitheater. Dove Award-winning Carl Cartee will be joined by Shaylee Simeone and April Cushman for A Night […]

    Carl Cartee Concert