NCRSA 2008:
Western Carolina University

October 24, 2008

All sessions will be held in the University Center on the campus of Western State University in Cullowhee, NC.

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:30-10:30 Moral Philosophy

Group 1

  • Wilber Mundia, “Paradigms of Paradox in Christian Reponses to Evil”
  • Jim McLachlan, “Human Beings are Artistically Cruel: Reading Evil in The Brothers Karamazov through Schelling’s Of Human Freedom”
  Group 2
  • Joe Frank Jones, “God, Ethics, and Philosophy”
  • P. Eddy Wilson, “Universalism and Moral Psychology”
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Historical Theology

Group 1

  • Ryan Neale, “Nestorius the Orthodox: A Second Look at a Denounced Heretic” •
  • Gregory B. Sadler, “An Anselmian Problematic: Justice as a Degree of Ontological Dignity”


Group 2

  • Greg Rich, “Erasmus and Luther Debate Free Will: The Preface”

  • Christopher Hoyt, “Wittgenstein and the Scapegoat Ritual”

11:45-1:15 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Group 1
  • Daryl L. Hale, “Kant and Moltmann”
  • Heather McDivitt, “Assisting Death: a Theological Reflection on the Death Penalty and Assisted Suicide”
  Group 2
  • Joseph Osei, “Moderate Moslems and Democracy: The Case of Dr. Ahmed Abdulai of Ghana”
  • Carrie McLachlan, “Rivers of Change and/or Structural Endurance in Cherokee Thought”
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 Group 1: Politics and Society
  • Erica Cribbs, “The Role of Civil Religion in the Upcoming U.S. Presidential Election”
  • Professor N. Samuel Murrell and Christopher Ripley (student) “Civil Disobedience, Law, and Religion, an Uncomfortable Trinity”
  Group 2: Biblical Studies/Women's Studies
  • Renee Lynn Farrar, “Judith as Metaphor for an Ambiguously Gendered God”
  • Brittany N. Andrews, “A Travesty of Injustice or a Woman’s Woe?”
  • Lynn Poland, “Genesis where God Brings the Animals to Adam ‘to see what he will call them’.”
4:15-5:00 Business Meeting and Closing

Program Chair Heather McDivitt
Dept. of Religion and Philosophy
Wingate University
Campus Box 3038
Wingate, NC 28174
Phone: (704) 233-8082
Local Arrangements Christopher Hoyt
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: (828) 227-3972

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