Daniel Garner Tate

Grief can provide existential and theological meaning and purpose and can be a great source of new self-understanding for those who embrace it. Grief can provide an opportunity to listen to oneself, to improvise, and to create a new self. Accepting grief and engaging in prayer, spending time alone, and being with others in supportive […]

Adriel Ramirez

This thesis is an analysis and developing construction of how love is defined utilizing the Hindu text Bhagavad Gītā. This work uses a theological method to arrive at ever-expanding definitions of love. One major finding is an understanding of love as multi-layered, that is it is present at all levels of our existence albeit to […]

Hanitra N. Ralaiarisedy

Using Luther’s biblical interpretations, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Peirce’s Abduction, this thesis reveals that justification involves two interrelated human processes coupled with self-actualization. It illuminates the Chalcedonian formula while demonstrating the disruptive effect of Trinitarian love and Christ’s salvific gift. This thesis promotes a path towards Christian unity and the […]

Ellen Jane Martin

The Slow Food movement is often understood as a secular food club. However, a closer analysis reveals that Slow Food utilizes a sacred narrative, represented by the values of good, clean, and fair food for all. The movement creates a robust moral order that has the potential to cultivate a system of belief, practice, meaning, […]

Mark E. Levin

Ernst Haeckel (1862-1919) tried bridging immaterial spirituality to grounded scientific knowledge. The resulting monism draws from empiricism and German romantic principles. Further, Haeckel manifested monistic unities in academic enthusiasm for evolutionary theory, and in drawings of highly symmetric lifeforms, which emphasized central points. Haeckel reminds us spirituality is possible, even in a science dominated world.

Sok Jin Kim

While the key theme in Genesis 22 is the divine promise of descendants and land, the dynamic factors are the reprise of the root hlk and the lietwort lk lk. Sarah, whose role involves the two genealogies, undergoes the Akedah test but becomes the one left behind the text. Therefore, Sarah must be upheld to […]

Susan Garcia Jones

My thesis is a close reading and womanist ethical interpretation of the science fiction novel Dawn by Octavia Butler. Dawn offers ethical lessons about how to connect across difference without eradicating it. In this way, science fiction creates ways in which we can be open to and learn from others’ experiences of oppression and marginalization.

Sakurako Iwagami

This capstone describes the similarities or applicability of the SBNR category to Japanese religiosity and spirituality. The first chapter will state the SBNR terms in its American context and trace the background of the emergence of the SBNR Americans. The second chapter will address Japanese religiosity and spirituality. In conclusion, I provided a concise solution […]

Jonah Mac Gelfand

Revising leadership models was one of the primary ways in which neo-Hasidism distinguished itself from traditional Hasidism. Whereas Hasidic teachers are often understood to be divine intercessors and are thus charismatic by virtue of their exceptionalness, neo-Hasidic teachers are understood to be “fellow travelers along the path” who are charismatic by virtue of their relatability.

Derek William Eldridge

The tradition of Christian anarchism is rich and varied, with representation from across the spectrum of Christian faith and piety. However, Christian anarchist studies often weight heavily towards congregationalist and non-sacramental Christianities. This is an introductory effort in correcting that imbalance by offering reflections on pastoral authority from a Christian anarchist perspective within denominations with […]