NCRSA 2007:
Fayetteville State University

October 26, 2007

All meetings will be held in the Rudolph Jones Student Center on the campus of Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC.

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome
  • Dr. Valentine James, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Fayetteville State University
9:15-10:15 Group 1: Gnosticism
  • Jeremy Absher (UNC, Charlotte) – "Revisiting ‘Plotinus’s Critique of Gnosticism’: Beyond Doctrine Towards a Bourdieuian Analysis of Field and Intellectual Capital"
  • 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
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 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 William James”
  • Moderator: Steven Brey


Group 2: World Religions

  • Fuabeh Fonge (North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro) – "Historicizing the African Foundations of Major World Religions"

  • 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

12:00-1:15 Lunch and Business Meeting.  Chancellor's Dining Room, Jones Student Center
1:30-2:30 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 Undergraduate Classroom"
  • Moderator: John Whitmire
  Group 2: African American Issues
  • Mark Nickens (Wingate University) – " Apostles in the African-American Church"
  • N. S. Murrell (UNC, Wilmington), "A Black Woman's Songs, Biblical Religion and Sexual Intimacy"
  • Moderator: Asher Walden
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 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 Morality"
  • Spencer Spellman (Independent Scholar) – "Paul Helm on the Faith of Scoundrels"
  • Meredith B. Bumbarger (UNC-Wilmington), "Tobit, God's Divine Comedy: A Paradigm of Suffering for the Bigger Picture"
  • Moderator: Christopher Hoyt
4:20-5:20 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 Stop"
  • Moderator: Steven Jaqua

Program Chair Christopher Hoyt
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: (828) 227-3972
Local Arrangements John Brooks
University College
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: (910) 672-1060

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