Brett Lonadier, Religious Studies major, International Relations and Foreign Policy minor, Class of May 2012; “I was blessed with the opportunity to intern at the Institute for Global Engagement last summer in Washington, DC...I chose my specific topic because I am interested in the role of religious education in public schools, and Russia recently introduced an initiative bringing religious education to state schools.”
Elise Leal, Communication Studies major, History minor, Class of May 2011; “This paper was written for a class on the English Reformations during a study abroad program in Oxford. I was interested in minority reform movements...I was also intrigued by my tutors belief that the United States was formed primarily by the religious, political, and cultural events of the English Reformations; I wanted to research this connection further ...[Puritan] migration to the New World and its outcomes on the United States [was] a subject that addressed all my interests.”
Benjamin Kay, Biblical and Theological Studies major, Class of May 2012; “As I was researching a paper topic for my Studies of the Prophets class, I came across the book of Jonah. This book is a fascinating work, and I soon became absorbed within the text. As my researched deepened, I realized that God played a much larger role within the work than most scholars realize. My paper addresses this concern and attempts to place God within his rightful place in the text.”
Paul Imbrone, Biblical and Theological Studies major, Class of May 2014; “The Christological hymn in Philippians 2 has always been one of my favorite passages in Scripture...it has a profound mystical quality and balance to it that any scholar, whether sacred or secular, can appreciate. Preparing this paper afforded me a more solid footing to understand and communicate the Christ-centered truth it contains while exalting its lyrical beauty.”
Paul Bufford, Religious Studies major, Class of December 2012; “[I started with narrative theology,] but I wound up drifting more toward George Lindbeck and Hans Frei’s original efforts in moving beyond theological liberalism and constructing a “Postliberal” theology. Nicholas Wolterstorff’s comparison between the Postliberal theology and his own Neo-Calvinist tradition in “What New Haven and Grand Rapids Have to Say to Each Other” fascinated me, particularly the question of how Christian theology and biblical interpretation can learn from scholarship in general while not seeking to completely conform to its results.”
Frankie Hammonds, Jr., History major, Animation minor, Class of May 2014; “The paper was originally going to be an analysis of renaissance and middle age music. However, when I thought about describing music, I soon realized that I would spend much of the paper explaining musical terms, like polyphony and monophony, rather than actually making connections to history. After a trip to the Chrysler Museum, I decided that visual art would be easier to describe than musical principles.
Sara Orszulak, Biblical Studies major, Class of December 2011; “When studying the prophets in Dr. Lyons’ class, we all had to select a prophet. In one of our textbooks, I learned that Jonah’s name meant dove.” This piqued my curiosity, and I wanted to understand whether or not that name fit Jonah’s behavior and story. Consequently, I began researching the characteristics of doves (which proved very challenging) and compared them to Jonah’s mannerisms.”
Note: Dr. Bekker is also a member of the General Education committee. He should be listed here under both General Education Committee and the Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry Department. Please do not remove him from the General Education Committee.