All meetings will be held in the Rudolph Jones Student
Center on the campus of Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC.
- Dr. Valentine James, Dean, College of Humanities and Social
Sciences, Fayetteville State University
||Group 1: Gnosticism
- Jeremy Absher (UNC, Charlotte) – "Revisiting ‘Plotinus’s Critique of
Gnosticism’: Beyond Doctrine Towards a Bourdieuian Analysis of Field and
- Steven Brey (Methodist University) – “Origen’s Anti-Gnostic Critique
of Heracleon: Creation as the Context of Salvation”
- Moderator: Richard Hall
||Group 2: Politics and Society
- Ngozi Kamalu (Fayetteville State University) – "Ethical and Moral
Underpinnings of American Foreign policy"
- Heather McDivitt (Wingate University) – "Human Nature: Ethical
Implications of Biological, Cultural, and Technological Transformation”
- Moderator: John Brooks
Group 1: Persons and Belief
- Joseph Osei (Fayetteville State University) – "Karl Popper's
Proposed Solution to the Freewill-Determinism Paradox: A Freewill
Defense or A Compatibilist Position?"
- Christopher Hoyt (Western Carolina University) – "The Worldview of
Personalism and Lotze's failed psychology"
- Richard Hall (Fayetteville State University) – "The Polytheism of
- Moderator: Steven Brey
Group 2: World Religions
Fuabeh Fonge (North Carolina A&T State University,
Greensboro) – "Historicizing the African Foundations of Major World
Asher Walden (Western Carolina University) – "Mizuko
Kuyo - A Ritual Theology of Abortion in Japan"
Jeff Durham (UNC, Wilmington)– "The Power of the Copy:
Emblem, Identity and Authenticity in the Clay Sealings of Nalanda"
Moderator: Heather McDivitt
||Lunch and Business Meeting.
Chancellor's Dining Room, Jones Student Center
||Group 1: Evidence for Life after
Death / Teaching Judaism
- P. Eddy Wilson (Shaw University) – "Past Lives and Post-mortem
Survival - Evidence of Past Life Reports"
- Chad Spigel (Duke University) -- "Allowing for Judaisms in a Course
Called Judaism: Teaching a Polythetic Model of Judaism in an
- Moderator: John Whitmire
||Group 2: African American Issues
- Mark Nickens (Wingate University) – " Apostles in the
- N. S. Murrell (UNC, Wilmington), "A Black Woman's Songs, Biblical
Religion and Sexual Intimacy"
- Moderator: Asher Walden
||Group 1: Religion and Literature 1
- John Whitmire (Western Carolina University)– "Forgetting Who We Are:
Un-willing and Inspiration in Nietzsche's Ecce Homo"
- Greg Rich (Fayetteville State University)– “Life After Death in
Huxley’s Time Must Have a Stop”
- Steven Jaqua (Western Carolina University)– "A Dialectic Becoming of
a Grand Inquisitor"
- Moderator: Blanche Radford Curry
||Group 2: Contemporary Philosophy
- Tom Smythe (North Carolina Central University)– "Craig on God and
- Spencer Spellman (Independent Scholar) – "Paul Helm on the Faith of
- Meredith B. Bumbarger (UNC-Wilmington), "Tobit, God's Divine Comedy:
A Paradigm of Suffering for the Bigger Picture"
- Moderator: Christopher Hoyt
||Group 1: Religion and Literature 2
- James McLachlan (Western Carolina University) – "'Off to See the
Wizard:’ The Romantic Religious Eschatology of the Wizard of Oz"
- Michelle Darnell (Fayetteville State University)- “Literature and
Religion: Dialectics of Spiritual Development and Time Must Have a
- Moderator: Steven Jaqua