NCRSA 2012:
UNC - Wilmington

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November 3, 2012

All sessions will be held in Bear Hall on the campus of UNC-Wilmington.

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Interpretation and Religion – Bear Hall 200
  • “How Advanced is Biblical Ethics to that of the Ancients? An Uneasy Question for a Lay Biblical Ethics Apologist” - N. Samuel Murrell and George Zervos, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
  • “Use and Abuse of Interpretation of Ancient Philosophy as Spirituality” - Matthew Waldschlagel, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
  Prophets – Bear Hall 261
  • “Prophet Explorer: A Digital comparison of the Sayings of the Prophets” - Zachary Wilson, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
  • “The Birth of a Prophet” – Susan Jassan, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  Art and Religion – Bear Hall 281
  • “Visionary Art, Visionary Message: Howard Finster and the Art of Preaching” – Kimber Lawson, University of North Carolina – Asheville
  • “Shinto and Folk Religion Images in Hayao Miyazaki Films and Americanized Japanese Horror” – Ashley Hunt, University of North Carolina – Asheville
10:00-11:00 Social Justice – Bear Hall 200
  • “The Media Debate on the Biblical Foundation of Social Justice: Counter-Argument to the Beck-Falwell Thesis” - Joseph Osei and Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University


Buddhism – Bear Hall 281

  • “Gender Hierarchy in Theravada Buddhist Monasticism: Moral and Spiritual Validation in the Lives of Buddhist Nuns” – John-Fate Faherty, University of North Carolina – Asheville

  • “Rhetorical Showdown of Dahui and Hongzhi: Conflict Over Methods of Enlightenment in a Chan Buddhist Dynasty” - Justin Snider, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

  Work and Idleness – Bear Hall 261
  • “Produce and Provision: Agrarian Revivalism Among Protestants in the South” – Kelsey Viscount, University of North Carolina - Asheville
  • “Gospel of Work or Virtuous Idleness? A College Student Looks @ Bertrand Russell’s In Praise of Idleness” - Scott Herman, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
11:00-12:00 Terrorists and Saints – Bear Hall 200
  • ”Editing Hildegard: The Creation of a Modern Saint” – Bryan Gillette, University of North Carolina – Asheville
  • “A Terror Which No Longer Terrifies: Western Commentary on Terrorism and the End of Explanations of Terror and Death” – Matt Jantzen, Duke University


Religion Under the Romans – Bear Hall 281
  • “The Severan Imperial Politico-Religious Project and its Continuity Through the Reign of Emperor Julian” – Rob Young, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • “The Jewish Sarcophagi of Rome: Towards an Interpretation” – Sean Burrus, Duke University
  Culture, Politics, and Religious Commitment – Bear Hall 261
  • “Narrative on the Religious Conversion of Slaves in Eighteenth-Century New York” – Rachel Pagan, University of North Carolina – Asheville
  • “Aladura: An Impetus for Decolonization of Mainstream Churches in Nigeria” – Kofi Johnson, Fayetteville State University and Margery Coulson-Clark, Elizabeth City State University.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Business Meeting – Bear Hall 261
2:00-3:00 Heresy and Orthodoxy – Bear Hall 200
  • “The Positive Effects of Heresy on Christian Orthodoxy” – Caitlin Purcell, North Carolina State University
  • “Salem’s Surrogates: Mimetic Theory and the 17th Century Massachusetts Witch Trials” – Era Pope, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  The Self – Bear Hall 261
  • “Performance and Personal Identity: Some Thoughts on Theologically Engaging Late Modern Images of the Self” – Tanner Capps, Duke University
  • “Wittgenstein on the Salvation of Self” – Christopher Hoyt, Western Carolina University
  Mystery – Bear Hall 200
  • “Mystery and Meaning in Reinhold Niebuhr’s Theology” – Jon Young, Fayetteville State University
  • “Zarathustra’s Child: An analysis of Amor Fati Through Otto’s Mysterium Tremendum” - Mikkel Dwight Lysne, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
3:00-4:00 Levinas and Nasi – Bear Hall 281
  • “Doña Gracia Nasi: Worship, Study, Tzedakah” – Alissa Renee Reeves, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • “An Explanation of Levinas and a Discussion on the Feminine ‘Other’” – Chris Lusk, Western Carolina University
  Hell and Heaven – Bear Hall 281
  • “How Boring Can Heaven Be?” – P. Eddy Wilson, Shaw University
  • “Hell Is Not Other People” – James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  Perspectives in Religious Studies -- Bear Hall 261
  • “Buddhism and Humanistic Psychology: Perspectives from the East and the West” – Han Lheem, Fayetteville State University
  • “Living With a Religious Faith & Studying Doctrines across Religions: Polarity or Dialogue?” - Emma Goodman, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
4:00-5:00 Eschatology – Bear Hall 200
  • “Creation and Recreation in American Indian Eschatology” – Carrie McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  • “Seeing Double: Irony, Eschatology, and Christian Political Agency” – Ben Dillon, Duke University
  Some Southern Protestants – Bear Hall 281
  • “Contemporary Roles for Southern Baptist Women and Pentecostal Women” – Megan Frey, University of North Carolina - Asheville
  • “The Liberated Outlaw: An Investigation into the Law Behind Snake Handling Pentecostal Churches” – Cady Barrett, University of North Carolina – Asheville
  Luther and Lessing – Bear Hall 261
  • “Building on Luther: Recent Articulations on the Theology of the Cross” – Heather McDivitt, Wingate University
  • “Lessing’s Jacob the Wise” – Greg Rich, Fayetteville State University
5:00 – 6:00 Teaching Religion -- Bear Hall 281
  • “Enhancing Religion Courses through Educational Technology” – David Smith, Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • “Labor, Not Progress” – Joe Albertson, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  Nature and God – Bear Hall 261
  • “An Analytic Argument for Atheism” - Matthew Eshleman, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
  • “Creation Care: the Moral and Religious Significance of Nature in Christian Scripture and Tradition” – David Henderson, Western Carolina University

Program Chair Greg Rich
Dept. of Government and History
Fayetteville State University
Phone: 910-672-1045
Local Arrangements N. Samuel Murrell
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
Phone: 910-962-3411

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