NCRSA 2010:
UNC - Asheville

October 15, 2010

All sessions will be held in 221 and 222 Highsmith University Union on the campus of UNC-Asheville.

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome

Group 1: God and Higher Beings (Highsmith 221)

  • Justin Mullis (UNCC), “Playing Games with the Great Old Ones: Ritual, Play and Joking within the Cthulhu Mythos Fandom”
  • Dr. Paul Boaheng (FSU), “God and the Traditional African Experience”
  • Christina Haley (UNCW), “Living with Lady Wisdom”
  Group 2: Critical Interpretations and Responses (Highsmith 222)
  • Rob Young (UNCC), “Augustine’s Cassiciacum Project: It’s Structure, Methodology and Response to Academic Skepticism”

  • Dr. Christopher Hoyt (WCU), “Religion Pseudo-explained: a critique of Pascal Boyer’s evolutionary psychology of religion”

  • Jon Neale (UNCW), “On the Reconciliation of Fatalism and Prayer”

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Group 1: Historical Investigations (Highsmith 221)
  • Jacob Maynor (UNCA), The Witches of Salem: The Social Context and Conditions of the Salem Witch Trials”

  • Dr. Mordechai Inbari (UNCP), Neturel Karta’s Jerusalem Modesty Campaign, 1938-1974”

  • Justin Snider (UNCW), “Atheist? Infidel? Deist? Thomas Jefferson and the Bible”


Group 2: Transitions and the Body: Consciousness, Death, and Birth (Highsmith 222)

  • Carrie Jones (UNCC), “Delivering the Maternal Body from the Abominable: A Psychological Evaluation of the Episiotomy”
  • Brooks Venters (UNCW), “An Analysis of Recent Scientific Studies of the Psilocybin Experience Using Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Eternal Recurrence’”
  • Dr. Paul Wilson (Shaw), “Post-Mortem Survival and the Perceived Harm of Death”
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Group 1: Scriptural Interpretations (Highsmith 221)
  • Susan Jassan (UNCC), “Mani: The Promised Paraclete”
  • Michael Walker (UNCP), “The Islamic Joseph Narrative: A Blend of Three Traditions”
  • Dr. Joseph Osei (FSU), “Making Polygamy ‘Acceptable’ within Ghana Methodism: A Case of Contamination in Christian Ethics or Sound Biblical Contextualization and Accommodation?”
Group 2: Eschatology and Divine/Human Experience (Highsmith 222)
  • Dr. Marc Bregman (UNCG), “From Imitatio Dei to Unio Mystica in Rabbinic Judaism”
  • Dr. Jim McLachlan (WCU), “Eschatology In and Out of the World: Wahl, Levinas, and Process Theology”
  • Steve Hulme (Duke), “Therefore the Soul is Corporeal: The Montanist ‘Heresy’ in Tertullian’s De anima”
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:15 Group 1: Religion, Theology and Politics (Highsmith 221)
  • Dr. Jon Young (FSU), “Christian Faith and Politics: On the Contemporary Relevance of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Theology”
  • Dr. Samuel Murrell (UNCW), “Vodou, Politics, and the Haitian Earthquake"
  • Dr. Gregory Rich (FSU), “Hartshorne’s Case Against Omnipotence”

Group 2: Religion and the American Experience (Highsmith 222)

  • Dr. Kofi Johnson (FSU), “Understanding Jihad”
  • Ashley Pridgen (UNCW), “Spiritual but not Religious, a New Phenomenon in American Religiosity”
  • Carrie MacLachlan (WCU), "Re-Visioning the Cherokee Cosmos"
4:15-5:00 Business Meeting and Closing

Program Chair and Local Arrangements Dr. Katherine C. Zubko
Dept. of Religious Studies (CPO#1625)
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: (828) 350-4560

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