Undergraduate Research

 

By exploring different religious beliefs students dig into complex issues that touch every facet of human existence, utilitizing analytical skills and requiring deep, critical thinking. Majoring in theology does not necessarily lead to a religious career or becoming a professional church worker. It can . . . but more likely it leads to opportunities in a variety of fields, including: higher education, non-profits, law, social work, counseling, advocacy work, care-giving, business, journalism, medicine, foreign service and international development organizations. Many employers look for workers who have a good grasp of cultural diversity. Theology majors grapple with values and ethics and how to apply them across the human experience. They study religious beliefs, but also learn how to interact with different points of view, build bridges, incorporate different perspectives and effectively work across cultural boundaries.

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Theses from 2016

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Lutheranism Today within a Throw-Away Society: A Battle between Personal and Community Loyalty to the Christian Faith, Eric van Devender

Theses from 2013

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Mythopoeia, David LaFore

Theses from 2012

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Uniting the Grassroots: Defining the New Monastic Movement, Geoffrey Franklin Balke

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The Early Church and Care for the Destitute Sick: Theology in Thought and Action in the First Through Fourth Centuries, Laurin C. Becker

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The Narrative Movement: Rethinking Biblical Exegesis, Jonathan Richard Durkopp

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Shepherd-Kings, Waverly Ann Peterson

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The Apocatastasis: The Hope that All Will Be Restored in Christ, Douglas Vitro

Theses from 2010

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Jesus Christ Übermensch, John Stephen Esposito

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On Being Christ to Witnesses, Timothy H. Peterson

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Prophets for an Authentic Existential Christianity, Ray Reynolds

Theses from 2009

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The Dialectic of Contemplation and Action: The Mystical Struggle of Christian Sanctification, Kirk S. Hulvey

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The Empowerment of Young Women in the Church: An Analysis and Application of Feminist Theology, Armae Elizabeth Johnson

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Paul Versus the Pastorals: Why did Pauline Communities Accept the Pastoral Epistles as Genuine?, Mike Sager

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Looks should not be Deceiving: The Portrayal of the Ending of Mark's Gospel in Biblical Manuscripts, Past and Present, Joshua Traxel

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John's Baptism as Jewish Proselyte Baptism: The History and Character of Jewish Proselyte Baptism as Background for Understanding John's Baptism, Matthew Warmbier

Theses from 2005

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Man’s Participation with God: Origen of Alexandria’s Exposition of the “Image and Likeness of God”, Ben Nickodemus