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Imagining Demons In Post-Byzantine Jerusalem: John Of Damascus And The Consolidation Of Classical Christian Demonology, Nathaniel Ogden Kidd Oct 2018

Imagining Demons In Post-Byzantine Jerusalem: John Of Damascus And The Consolidation Of Classical Christian Demonology, Nathaniel Ogden Kidd

Dissertations (2009 -)

This dissertation traces the consolidation of a classical Christian framework for demonology in the theological corpus of John of Damascus (c. 675 – c. 750), an eighth century Greek theologian writing in Jerusalem. When the Damascene sat down to write, I argue, there was a great variety of demonological options available to him, both in the depth of the Christian tradition, and in the ambient local imagination. John’s genius lies first in what he chose not to include, but second in his ability to synthesize a minimalistic demonology out of a complex body of material and integrate it into a ...


The Divine Comedy At Corinth: Paul, Menander And The Rhetoric Of Resurrection, Michael Cover Oct 2018

The Divine Comedy At Corinth: Paul, Menander And The Rhetoric Of Resurrection, Michael Cover

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

This article asks how the New Comedy of Menander might have influenced Paul's theological rhetoric in 1 Cor 5–15. An intertextual reading of Paul's letter against the backdrop of Menander's Samia reveals a number of shared topics, ethical concerns and dramatic characteristics. Paul's citation of Menander's Thais in 1 Cor 15.33 is part of this larger strategy to frame the struggles in Corinth within the ambit of Greek household ‘situation comedy’. Like Menander, Paul hybridises tragic and comic motifs throughout his epistle, inflecting the comedy of the Christ narrative with tragic examples of ...


Examining The Political Motivations Of Christian Women Following The 2016 Presidential Election, Julie Grace Jul 2018

Examining The Political Motivations Of Christian Women Following The 2016 Presidential Election, Julie Grace

Master's Theses (2009 -)

As research begins and continues to examine the historic nature of the 2016 presidential election, this study aims to understand the political motivations of a specific group of voters – Christian women in two Wisconsin counties that flipped from voting for a Democrat in 2012 to a Republican in 2016. Long-form, qualitative interviews were used to obtain an understanding of the participants’ faith, their view on politics, and their thoughts on the 2016 election and President Trump’s first year in office. Grounded theory was used as a theoretical framework for this study, and the constant comparative method of analysis was ...


Luther The Iconographer Of The Saints Of Genesis, Mickey L. Mattox May 2018

Luther The Iconographer Of The Saints Of Genesis, Mickey L. Mattox

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


The Parable As Mirror: An Examination Of The Use Of Parables In The Works Of Kierkegaard, Russell Hamer Apr 2018

The Parable As Mirror: An Examination Of The Use Of Parables In The Works Of Kierkegaard, Russell Hamer

Dissertations (2009 -)

This dissertation focuses on an exploration of the use of parables in the works of Soren Kierkegaard. While some work has been done on Kierkegaard’s poetic style, very little attention has been paid to his metaphors, despite their prevalent use in his works. Much of the scholarship instead treats his parables as mere examples of philosophical concepts. In this work, I argue that Kierkegaard’s parables function primarily to cause the reader to see him or herself truly. The parables work like mirrors, reflecting our true selves back onto ourself. In this way, the parables prompt Kierkegaard’s readers ...


Conceiving God: Literal And Figurative Prompt For A More Tectonic Distinction, Robert Masson Feb 2018

Conceiving God: Literal And Figurative Prompt For A More Tectonic Distinction, Robert Masson

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

John Sanders’ Theology in the Flesh, the first comprehensive overview of the toolkit that contemporary cognitive linguistics offers for theological appropriation, despite its remarkable success, gives rather minimal attention to blending theory, one of the discipline’s most formidable tools. This paper draws on blending theory to offer an alternative to Sanders’ chapter on conceiving God. Central to the proposal is claim that God-talk, like many of the advances in science, technology, and art, entails a kind of tectonic understanding and conceptual mapping that is neither literal nor figurative.


The Death Of Tragedy: The Form Of God In Paul’S Carmen Christi And Euripides’ Bacchae, Michael Cover Jan 2018

The Death Of Tragedy: The Form Of God In Paul’S Carmen Christi And Euripides’ Bacchae, Michael Cover

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

Scholarship on Phil 2:6–11 has long wrestled with the question of “interpretive staging.” While acknowledging that Jewish sapiential and apocalyptic literature as well as Roman apotheosis narratives provide important matrices for the hymn, the following study pinpoints a third backdrop against which Paul's dramatic christology would have been heard in Philippi: Euripidean tragedy. Echoes of Dionysus's opening monologue from Euripides's Bacchae in the carmen Christi suggest that Roman hearers of Paul's letter likely understood Christ's kenotic metamorphosis as a species of Dionysian revelation. This interpretive recognition accomplishes a new integration of the hymn ...


Converting To And Nurturing Ecological Consciousness--Individually, Collectively, Actively, Jame Schaefer Jan 2018

Converting To And Nurturing Ecological Consciousness--Individually, Collectively, Actively, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Gendered Language And The Construction Of Jewish Identity In 2 Maccabees, Joshua Ezra Burns Jan 2018

Gendered Language And The Construction Of Jewish Identity In 2 Maccabees, Joshua Ezra Burns

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Converting To And Nourishing Ecological Consciousness-Individually And Collectively, Jame Schaefer Jan 2018

Converting To And Nourishing Ecological Consciousness-Individually And Collectively, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


The Unity Of The Virtues In A Missionary Key, Andrew J. Kim Jan 2018

The Unity Of The Virtues In A Missionary Key, Andrew J. Kim

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

The thesis of the unity of the virtues—one must possess all of the virtues to possess even one of them—was upheld in different forms by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. However, contemporary moralists almost universally decry this thesis as distorting the nature of virtue as it is materialized in the lives and actions of ordinary people. Unfortunately, academic discourse regarding the unity of the virtues has tended to be either entirely theoretical or narrowly limited to particular individuals or groups as “test cases” regarding the validity of the thesis. It is both significant and reinvigorating, therefore, that in ...


Book Review Of On Love, Confession, Surrender And The Moral Self, By Ian Clausen, Andrew J. Kim Jan 2018

Book Review Of On Love, Confession, Surrender And The Moral Self, By Ian Clausen, Andrew J. Kim

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Cultural Immersion And Global Health: An Experience Among The Guaranis, Alexandre Andrade Martins Oct 2017

Cultural Immersion And Global Health: An Experience Among The Guaranis, Alexandre Andrade Martins

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Exodus As New Creation, Israel As Foundling: Stories In The History Of An Idea, Christopher Evangelos John Brenna Oct 2017

Exodus As New Creation, Israel As Foundling: Stories In The History Of An Idea, Christopher Evangelos John Brenna

Dissertations (2009 -)

This study surveys the development of two literary phenomena in early Jewish and Christian tradition. The first is the birth story of a portentous child, exemplified by the birth stories of Moses, Noah, Melchizedek, and Jesus in biblical and Second Temple period literature. The second is the mythical expansion of the exodus tradition, which interprets the crossing of the Red Sea as a recreation of the people of Israel. I examine the appropriation of these two phenomena in the late antique Hellenistic story, Joseph and Aseneth. I contend that (1) the early Jewish birth story paradigm is influenced by the ...


Critical Dogmatics And The God Of Easter: Paul Hinlicky's Beloved Community, Mickey L. Mattox Sep 2017

Critical Dogmatics And The God Of Easter: Paul Hinlicky's Beloved Community, Mickey L. Mattox

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Review Of Inventing God: Psychology Of Belief And The Rise Of Secular Spirituality By Jon Mills, Robert Masson Sep 2017

Review Of Inventing God: Psychology Of Belief And The Rise Of Secular Spirituality By Jon Mills, Robert Masson

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Lubac, Henri De, Cardinal, Sj (1896–1991), Susan K. Wood Aug 2017

Lubac, Henri De, Cardinal, Sj (1896–1991), Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Sources Chrétiennes, Susan K. Wood Aug 2017

Sources Chrétiennes, Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Ecclesiology, Susan K. Wood Aug 2017

Ecclesiology, Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Rousselot, Pierre, Sj (1878–1915), Susan K. Wood Aug 2017

Rousselot, Pierre, Sj (1878–1915), Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Nouvelle Théologie, Susan K. Wood Aug 2017

Nouvelle Théologie, Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Daniélou, Jean, Cardinal, Sj (1905–1974), Susan K. Wood Aug 2017

Daniélou, Jean, Cardinal, Sj (1905–1974), Susan K. Wood

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


A God Worth Worshiping: Toward A Critical Race Theology, Duane Terrence Loynes Sr. Jul 2017

A God Worth Worshiping: Toward A Critical Race Theology, Duane Terrence Loynes Sr.

Dissertations (2009 -)

Theologian James Cone has declared that White supremacy is the American Church’s greatest, original, and most persistent sin. Although the Church has engaged in numerous attempts to remedy racism, theology still seems to witness to a God that stands relatively unopposed to the status quo of racial injustice and marginalization. This dissertation begins with the claim that Christian theology still operates from the normativity of whiteness. I will argue that, although the Church has made admirable progress with regard to racial justice, the attempts have been at the surface: the underlying structural logic of White supremacy remains intact. My ...


Martin Luther: Student Of The Creation, Mickey Mattox Jun 2017

Martin Luther: Student Of The Creation, Mickey Mattox

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Jesuit And Feminist Hospitality: Pope Francis’ Virtue Response To Inequality, Kate Ward Apr 2017

Jesuit And Feminist Hospitality: Pope Francis’ Virtue Response To Inequality, Kate Ward

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope and has made economic inequality a theme of his pontificate. This article shows that Pope Francis diagnoses economic inequality as both a structural problem and a problem of virtue, and that the virtue he calls for in response is what James F. Keenan, SJ has called Jesuit hospitality. Reviewing contemporary theological work on hospitality, I show that Francis’ Jesuit hospitality shares many features with hospitality as described by feminist theologians. Namely, it is risky, takes place across difference, acknowledges the marginality of both host and guest, and promises mutual benefit to each party ...


The Two Goats: A Christian Yom Kippur Soteriology, Richard Barry Apr 2017

The Two Goats: A Christian Yom Kippur Soteriology, Richard Barry

Dissertations (2009 -)

This dissertation draws on recent historical-critical research into ancient Jewish temple theology, the priestly book of Leviticus, and especially the Yom Kippur liturgy of Leviticus 16, to develop a more paradoxical interpretation of Christ’s saving work for modern Christian systematic theology. Prompted by the pioneering research of Jacob Milgrom, there has been a surge in sympathetic interpretations of the priestly theological tradition, which has inspired fresh interpretations of the Levitical Day of Atonement. I argue that an adequate Christian theory of atonement must be attentive to both the overall “landscape” of Jewish biblical thought, and to the specific rhythm ...


The First Thing Andrew Did' [John 1:41]: Readers As Witnesses In The Fourth Gospel, Mark L. Trump Apr 2017

The First Thing Andrew Did' [John 1:41]: Readers As Witnesses In The Fourth Gospel, Mark L. Trump

Dissertations (2009 -)

In 1996, Robert F. Kysar identified one of the leading issues that would form scholarly debate regarding the Fourth Gospel for decades to come: whether the Fourth Gospel is designed to strengthen and affirm the faith of those inside a Johannine community (a sectarian document/community) or to bring to faith those who were not yet part of that community (an evangelistic tract/missionary community). The sectarian position, often connected to the work of J. Louis Martyn, Raymond E. Brown, and Wayne A. Meeks, has become the received tradition in Johannine studies. Increasingly, others have called into question not only ...


New Hope For The Oceans: Engaging Faith-Based Communities In Marine Conservation, Jame Schaefer Mar 2017

New Hope For The Oceans: Engaging Faith-Based Communities In Marine Conservation, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

Science alone cannot protect the oceans and their biological diversity. Whereas, scientists can identify problems and empirical steps toward their resolution, support for research, problem solving, and implementation of solutions must come from societal sources. Among the most promising are religious communities whose members are motivated by their faith to collaborate with marine scientists in achieving shared goals. Many reasons prevail for engaging faith communities in mitigating assaults on the oceans and protecting them from threats to their functioning. Participants in the open forum convened by the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology during ...


Introduction: Advancing Mariology At Marquette University, Jame Schaefer Jan 2017

Introduction: Advancing Mariology At Marquette University, Jame Schaefer

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Introduction To This Issue, Kenneth Himes, Kate Ward Jan 2017

Introduction To This Issue, Kenneth Himes, Kate Ward

Theology Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.