NCRSA 2014:
Duke University


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November 1, 2014
Program

All sessions will be held in Westbrook Hall on the campus of Duke University.

8:15 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 I.A. Eschatology and Messianism (0015W)
  • “Apocalyptic Eschatology in the Gospel of Thomas”
    Hannah Smith, Duke University
  • “From Mystical Authority to Messianic Claims: Sufism's Relationship to Mahdism”
    Abdul Latif, Duke University
  •  “Jewish Zealotry – Past and Present: A Comparison Between the Zealots of the Great Revolt against Rome 66-70 BC and Messianic Religious Zionism”
    Motti Inbari, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Chair: Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University

I.B. Demiurge, Dionysus, and the Early Church (0016W)

  • “Clement and Cicero: Rethinking the Influence of Classical Texts on Early Christian”
    Caitlin Purcell, Duke University
  • “The Deformed Demiurge: The Monstrous Image of Ialdabaoth in the Apocryphon of John”
    Luke Drake, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • “Dionysus versus the Crucified: An Alternate Account”
    Brett McCarty, Duke University
  • Chair: Matt Jantzen, Duke University
10:30 - 12:00

II.A. Pessimism, Hell and Heaven (0015W)

  • “For Heaven’s Sake Why Procreate if there is a Hell?”
    P. Eddy Wilson, Shaw University
  • “Rehabilitating Hartmann—the Philosopher of Pessimism”
    Richard Hall, Fayetteville State University
  • “The Desire to Be God or Why Satan is an Asshole: Relational Ideas of the Devil and the Demonic”
    James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  • Chair: Greg Rich, Fayetteville State University

II.B. Exegetical Papers (0016W)

  • “God and Rationality: A Limited Defense of Pascal’s Wager”
    Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University
  • “Quote Unquote: Rhetoric and Construction of Authority in a Homily by
    Shenoute of Atripe"
  • Emanuel Fiano, Duke University
    “Are Christian Places Sacred, Sacramental or Something Else?”
    Joelle A. Hathaway, Duke Divinity School
  • Chair: Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University
12:00-1:15 PM Lunch and Business Meeting
 
1:15-2:45 PM

III.A. Identity, Nominalism, and Freedom of the Will (0015W)

  • “Fallacies in the Debate Between Luther and Erasmus”
    Greg Rich, Fayetteville State University
  • “Bonhoeffer’s Problem with the Past: Personal and Historical Identity in
    Act and Being”
    Richard Prust, St. Andrews University
  • “Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin on God’s Providence: The Impact of Nominalism on Protestant Formulations of the Doctrine”
    Matt Jantzen, Duke University
  • Chair: Brett McCarty, Duke University

III.B. Non-Western Religion (0016W)

  • “Confucian Ethics and Politics: Implications for Feminism and Post-Modernity”
    Han Lheem, Fayetteville State University
  • “Contemporary Female Practitioners of Buddhist Chöd in Nepal”
    Michelle J. Sorensen, Western Carolina University
  • “Literacy and Religion: A Case Study of the Aladura Movement in Nigeria”
    Kofi Johnson, Fayetteville State University
  • Chair: Jason Graham, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2:45-3:45 PM

IV.A. Theology, Ethics, and Justice (0015W)

  • “I am a United Methodist Woman”: Exploring the Theological-Ethical Context and Policy Implications for a Potential President H. R. Clinton’s Self-identification”
    Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University
  • “The Contribution of the United Church of Christ to the Environmental Justice Movement and its Aftermath”
    Ngozi Kamalu, Fayetteville State University
  • Chair: P. Eddy Wilson, Shaw University

IV.B. Exegetical Papers (0016W)

  • “A Very Special Body: The Reconciliation of Mary’s Body with Human Experience in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew”
    Candace Buckner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • “Wittgenstein, and the Religious Possibilities of Film”
    Christopher Hoyt, Western Carolina University
  • Chair: Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University
3:45-5:15 PM

V.A. Philosophy of Religion and Education (0015W)

  • “Teaching from Who You Are: Baptists' Dissenting Origins and the Educational Philosophy of Brown University”
    Regina Wenger, Duke Divinity School
  • “Reflections on the Nature and Utility of the Academic Study of Religion”
    Jason Graham, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Chair: James McLachlan, Western Carolina University

V.B. The Emerging Church: Analysis and Prospects - Panel Discussion (0016W)

  • “Roots: The Emerging Church and its Liberation Origins”
    Mary Claire Grube, Appalachian State University
  • “Durkheim, Bourdieu and Botz-Weber Meet in a Bar: How Two Social Theorists Analyze the Structure and Purpose of an ‘Indie-Boutique’ Church”
    Justin Davis, Appalachian State University
  • “Atonement Theories and Millennial's Perspective”
    Emily Anne Britt, Appalachian State University
  • “Preliminary Results on the Emerging Church and Southern Millennials:
    Two Perspectives”
    Rob Lee and Alaina Doyle, Appalachian State University
  • Chair: Dr. Randall Reed, Appalachian State University
   
   
   

Program Chair Paul Boaheng
Dept. of Government and History
Fayetteville State University
E-mail: pboaheng@uncfsu.edu

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