Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 18, 2012

PHRE graduate Reneé Gordon Holley wins prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

Details here!

Department-sponsored lecture on bioethics

April 7, 2012

Schedule of final oral presentations for the Spring 2012 PHRE Senior Seminar

All presentations are scheduled for 30-minute time slots and will take place in Violette 1146.


Tuesday, April 10:

5:00:        Adam Keeton
The superhero myth of American culture and its influence on the image of Jesus
Dereck Daschke, faculty reader
Jennifer Jesse, faculty respondent

5:30:        Elmer Stunkel:
The role of reason / logic in Horkheimer and Adorno
Natalie Alexander, faculty reader
Torbjörn Wandel, faculty respondent

6:00        Harini DeSilva
The portrayal of Islam in Bollywood cinema, post September 11
Mark Appold, faculty reader
Mustafa Sawani and Chad Mohler, faculty respondents


Thursday, April 12:

4:30:        Vince Ballard
Urban II’s motivations for launching the first crusade
Patricia Burton, faculty reader
Sally West, faculty respondent

5:00:        Brad LaPlante
Urban II and Christian Just War Theory
Patricia Burton, faculty reader
Sally West, faculty respondent

5:30:        Cyle Tomusiak:
Comparison of the sublime in Kant and the Other in Derrida
Natalie Alexander, faculty reader
Brent Orton, faculty respondent

Saturday, April 14:

9:30:        Adam Tenhouse
Axis Mundi of displaced cultures
Mike Ashcraft, faculty reader
Natalie Alexander, faculty respondent

10:00:    Alissa Walkner
Studying the mystical practices and life of Ramakrishna
Lloyd Pflueger, faculty reader
Dereck Daschke, faculty respondent


Tuesday, April 17:

3:30:        Alex Senger
Theoretical approaches used by Thomas Tweed in his book Crossing & Dwelling
Mike Ashcraft, faculty reader
Neal Delmonico, faculty respondent

4:00:        Christine Hartford
The Komeito Party and the separation 
of church and state in Japan
Ding-hwa Hsieh, faculty reader
Lloyd Pflueger, faculty respondent

4:30:        Daniel Gilmore
Nietzsche’s influence on Strauss
David Murphy, faculty reader
Paul Parker, faculty respondent

5:00:        Zach Vicars
Christian understandings of the shepherding metaphor in the 1st and 21st centuries
Mark Appold, faculty reader
Jennifer Jesse, faculty respondent

5:30:        Rachel Cook
Relationship between jihad and the five pillars of Islam
Mark Appold, faculty reader
Ding-hwa Hsieh, faculty respondent


Thursday, April 19:

4:30:        Nathan Hardy
St. Mark & Coptic Christianity’s beginnings
Mark Appold, faculty reader
David Murphy, faculty respondent

5:00:        Jenna Homeyer:
Religious themes in rap music
Mike Ashcraft, faculty reader
Bob Mielke, faculty respondent

5:30:        Chelsea Beary:
African-American women, their religious role, 
and health concerns
Mike Ashcraft, faculty reader
Linda Seidel, faculty respondent

Fall 2012 Seminar: The Millennium and the Apocalypse

PHRE majors and minors,

You may be interested in the seminar I will teach next fall, a historical and cultural approach to the end of the world called “The Millennium and the Apocalypse,” PHRE 476, TR 10:30-11:50 am.  It will cover the roots of apocalyptic thinking in Judaism and Christainity, its develoment in the middle ages, its role in formulating American identity up to modern times — and of course the Mayan “prophecy,” which would put the end of the world just days after the class ends!

Dereck Daschke, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Philosophy & Religion

Two Fall 2012 courses from chemist Peter Ramberg of possible interest to PHRE majors

Contact Peter Ramberg for more details.

NASC 400
TTh 1:30-2:50

Introduction to basic topics in the history of science from ancient Greece to Isaac Newton. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary sources covering three time periods: the origins of western science in Greece and the Middle East, the nature of science in medieval Islam and medieval Europe, and the Scientific Revolution in Europe (1500-1700). Emphasis is placed on the historical, philosophical, and religious influences on the emergence of western science. Previous knowledge of science or history is helpful, but not necessary.

JINS 362
TTh 10:30-11:50

Does life or intelligence exist outside the earth? This course will consist of readings and discussion of approaches to this question from historical, scientific, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Topics will include the emergence of the Copernican Principle, the search for life on Mars, the study of the origin of life, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) program.