The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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The Factors That Influence Religious Preferences in Young Adults: Neuroscience, Psychology Sociology and the Environment, Kelli W. Baxstrom
Department: Religious Studies

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Cochineal: Connecting Chemistry and Religious Studies through the World of Art, Amanda Carmichael
Department: Chemistry; Religious Studies

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Planting A Better Future: North American Church Efforts to Create Food Justice, Hilary Coady
Department: Religious Studies

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George Harrison As He Is, Samuel H. Easterday
Department: Religious Studies

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The Scholar, the Teacher, the Saint: The Life, Work, and Nonviolent Philosophy of James M. Lawson, Jr., Kristen Estabrook
Department: History; Religious Studies

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From Coexistence to Cooperation, Thomas A. Granowitz
Department: Religious Studies

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A Classroom, a Con Game, and a Churchlike Revival: Poetry Slam and its Heritage of Sacred Performance, Caira A. Lee
Department: Religious Studies

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Is Parochial School a Good Fit for You? A Case Study Examining Motives and Reasons Behind Parents Picking Private School for Their Children, Franny M. McHale
Department: Religious Studies

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Making It Personal: How the Islamic State Targets the Alienated, Andi M. Shackleton
Department: Religious Studies

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The Elephant in the Room, The Fetus in the Womb: Disability Rights Activists’ Perspectives on Prenatal Genetic Testing and Selective Termination of Down syndrome, Evangeline Maria Smith
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Being Asian, Becoming American: The Life and Practice of Religion in East Asian Immigrant Communities, Whitney A. Spaulding
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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What Would Jesus Cover? An Examination of the Moral Failures of the United States Health Care System, Eleanor P. Bacon
Department: Religious Studies

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Religion in Relationships: Observing Young Adults Religious Identities within Social Relationships, Cathy Z. Gwaltney
Department: Religious Studies

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Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: An Investigation into Interdependence as a Basis for Collaborative Ethical Engagement, Demitra Nicole Hart
Department: Religious Studies

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My Tattoos Are My Story: An Exploration of the Self and Body Modification, Emma J. Kahn
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

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Profane or Profound?: An Examination of Satirized Religion in British and American Culture through the works of South Park and Monty Python, Susannah Montgomery
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Supreme Mathematics: A Comparative Study of Black Muslim Movements in America, Amjad Moore
Department: Religious Studies

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The Temptations of Faith, Ellen Sandin
Department: Religious Studies

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The Identity of Lilith: How Writers Shape and Use the Identity of Spirits in Modern America, William S. Schell
Department: Religious Studies

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On Being: An Exploration of Wholeness Through Literature, Bridget Schmidt
Department: Religious Studies

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Analyzing Christianity's Eco-Conscience: A Study of God and the Environment, Emily H. Stevens
Department: Religious Studies

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On the Effects of Guru Avatars as Forces Encouraging Social Welfare Activism, Will Turner
Department: Religious Studies

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Turkey's New Islam: A Study of Religious and Political Identity in the Kemalist Political State, Nathaniel D. Weaver
Department: History; Religious Studies

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The Influence of Christianity and Chinese Culture on Chinese Christian Married Couples in Northeast Ohio, Mone S. Zafra
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Religiously Influenced Interstate Conflict: The Role of Religiosity and Perceived Loss in International Relations, Aaron Brown
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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How Inclusive Nationalism Implemented by the State can Prevent an Increase in Religious Polarization, Erin T. Bruening
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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Keeping the Dream There: A Study of Narratives on the Palestinian Right to Return, Emily K. Cherney
Department: Communication; Religious Studies

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Coffee Shop Spirituality on the Internet: Strategies of Epistemology at Work in Digital Religion, Carl William D. Freeman
Department: Religious Studies

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Our Father Who Art in Georgia: Case Studies of the Family and Christian Mythology in Southern Gothic Short Fiction, Eleanor K. Godbey
Department: English; Religious Studies

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Molecular Biology of a Miracle: Conceptualization of Medicine Through the Amish-Religious Lens and Antimicrobial Properties of Burdock Burn Wound Treatment, Caroline H. Gormley
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Religious Studies

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Interfaith Dialogue: Engaging Children, Abigail M. Harris-Ridker
Department: Religious Studies

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Restorative Reintegration: Restorative Justice and the Applications and Implications for Child Soldier Reintegration, Carolyn Elizabeth Hockey
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Space Oddity: An Exploration of Religious Success in Emergent UFO Religions, Celetia Liang
Department: Religious Studies

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Finding the Cross in a World Without God, Seth A. Michael
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Not Your Grandmother's Pro-Life Movement: The Changing Face of the American Pro-Life Movement, Abigail E. Rodenfels
Department: Religious Studies

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But the Heart is Still Indian: Hindutva and the Imagined Nation in Post-Partition Hindi Cinema, Rachel A. Rothenberg
Department: History; Religious Studies

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“…In the Breaking of the Bread”: An Analysis of Food Culture and Ritual at The Abbey of Gethsemani, Matthew Stouffer
Department: Religious Studies

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“Stimulating” Church Growth? How Economic Growth Impacts Growth of Christianity in Post-Reform Urban China —Evidence from Household Survey, Zilu Wang
Department: Economics; Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Pray the Gay Away: An Examination of Masculinity in the Ex-Gay Movement, Christina Bowerman
Department: Religious Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Role of Normativity and Discourses of Authenticity in Religious Studies, Daniel Iwaniec
Department: Religious Studies

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Spirosony: Music and Spirituality, the Practice of Presence - A Case Study in Gregorian Chant and Human Manifestations of Spirituality through Music, Jordan Alexander Key
Department: Religious Studies

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Science and Religion' or 'Scieligion'?: the Relationship Between Science and Religion and the Possibilities of the Integration of the Two, Patrick Lai-Fang
Department: Religious Studies

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Hospitality, Homosexuality, and Hazel-Nut Hurling: a Comparison of Genesis 19 Between Judaism and Islam Through Midrash and Tafsir, Grace E. Miller
Department: Religious Studies

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People and Plants in a Rust Belt City: a Critical Analysis of Urban Agriculture in Cleveland, Ohio Using a Sustainable Development Framework, Erika Takeo
Department: Religious Studies

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Gay, Asian, and Religious: the Search For Religious Community By Queer Asian Americans, Celeste Tannenbaum
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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The New Buffalo: the Effects of Exchange on North American Indigenous Tradition, Kathryn I. Brady
Department: Religious Studies

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Finding Peace Through Religious Difference: Healing the Wounds of Violent Conflict Through Interfaith Dialogue, Kristen J.E. Connors
Department: International Relations; Religious Studies

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Now I Walk in Beauty: A Comparative Examination of Historical and Contemporary Native American Religious Traditions Through the Lakota and Shoshone-Bannock Sun Dances, Jessie Felling
Department: Religious Studies

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Seen and Unseen Face of God: An Artist's Exploration of Patua Art and Religion, Julia Murphy
Department: Art and Art History; Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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From Goddess to Dragons, Rta to Ren: Water Through the Lenses of Hinduism and Chinese Religions, Christine Evans
Department: Religious Studies

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Sharing Food From the Master's Table: Working Towards Feminist Solidarity Through Bible Study, Abigail Heimach
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Religious Studies

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Kali the Bloodthirsty, Lilith the Vengeful: a Compartative Analysis to Determine Goddess Stature, Houstin Phyllis Hoskins
Department: Religious Studies

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Faith, Politics, and the State: the Impact of Antagonistic Rhetoric By the U.S.' Christian Right and India's Hindu Nationalism, Linda Kuster
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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The United Methodist System of Itinerancy, and their Congregations' Understanding of It, Michael Law
Department: Religious Studies

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How Should Pope John Paul II Be Remembered? a Study of the Legacy of the Pope John Paul II, Justin R. Lizik
Department: Religious Studies

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In the Forests of North America They Dream of India: A Cultural Exploration of Postmodern Americans as Buddhist Pilgrims, Noreen Lucic
Department: Religious Studies

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Ain't I a True Woman?: a Foucauldian Exploration of Agency Within the True Woman Movement, Laura Stricklen
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Batman, Superman, and Spiderman: a Cross Cultural Study of Hero Mythology, Carly Amster
Department: Religious Studies

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Buddhism in the Tibetan Diaspora: Framing Culture and Adapting Tradition, Nicholas Charles Christopher Janus
Department: Religious Studies

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"The Secret (Religious) Life of the American Teenager"A Study on How Mainstream Religious Secular Television Affects the Development of Religious Identity in Teenagers, Jazmin McNeal
Department: Religious Studies

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Science Fiction, Vampire Books or the Section Formerly Known As Young Adult: a Look at the Uses of Religion in Popular Fiction, Amanda Perry
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Speak Unto the Children of Israel: Evaluating the Impact of the Jewish Camp Counselor Experience on Jewish Identity, Hilary J. Bryant
Department: Religious Studies

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Investigation Into Human Rights: the Case of Female Genital Cutting in the Gambia, Amihan Jones
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

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Fusing Interstices: Exploring the Relationship Between Science and Religion in Theory, in Particular Relgious Scientists and in Self, Elise A.G. Meyers
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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The Family of the Scabby One Will Treat Her: a Study of Honour Killings in Middle Eastern Tribal Culture, Kristen B. Cox
Department: Religious Studies

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I Do' X 2: the Stain of Mormon Polygamy, Aliya Madhur Deepa Maseelall
Department: Religious Studies

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Atom and Eve: An Exploration of the Conflict and Concordance Between Religion and Science--Involving Creation Myths and the Apocalypse As a Foundation For the Understanding of This Relationship, Mary Erin Patton
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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What Does it Mean to be Jewish After the Holocaust?: An Exploration of the Seminal Works of Emil Fackenheim, Elizer Berkovits, and Richard Rubenstein, Tomas Gold
Department: Religious Studies

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What Is Today's Moral War? How Christian Just War Theory Explains Modern Day Conflict, Daniel P. Griffin
Department: Religious Studies

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"My Name Is Legion; For We Are Many:" a Study of Demonology and Exorcisms in the Christian Faith, Miranda Leigh Leickly
Department: Religious Studies

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Junia, a Female Apostle: a Study of the Women in Ministry Debate in Evangelical Christianity, Matthew Mellott
Department: Religious Studies

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Filling the Cup: Voltaire, C.S. Lewis, and the Inclusion of Religion in the Public Sphere, Kara M. Olson
Department: History; Religious Studies

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"The Creator's Game": An Examinationof the Fusion of Athleticism and Spirituality in Traditional Native American Lacrosse, Margaret A. Peake
Department: Religious Studies

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"Not Only With Both Eyes Open, But With Both Hands Dirty": Tradition and Social Criticism in the Life and Work of Cornel West, Christopher Hyde Redding
Department: Religious Studies

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Religion and Science: How the Spiritual Healing Practices and Ideologies of Mainline Christianity Influenced the Establishment of Christian Science, Stefanie M. Zifchak
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed: An Exploration of Healing in Mainline Protestant Traditions: Historical Roots, Modern Dilemmas, Katie Ann Strednak
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Living Liminal: the Dynamic Relationship Between Psychic Vampirism and Spirituality Also Known As Vampire Hunter A: Prana-Lust, Amanda Dahlin
Department: Religious Studies

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The Conversion of the Roman Empire Form Pagan to Christian, Tracy Lynn DiBiasio
Department: Religious Studies

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Shaman Healing and Western Medicine: An Examination of Culturally Relative Techniques of Healing, Elizabeth Laurena Dunbar
Department: Religious Studies

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Are You Down With Downward Facing Dawg?: the Adaptation of Yoga in America's Popular Culture, Erin Jacob
Department: Religious Studies

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"Religion in China Under Communist Rule", Jeff Maceyko
Department: Religious Studies

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Dreamtime: A Look Into Australia's Aboriginal Religion, Phyllis Owiredu
Department: Religious Studies

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Visions of Hope For the Future: a Critical Exploration of the Stem Cell Research Debate--Involving Discussion of Biological, Philosophical, and Religious Arguments on the Moral Standing of the Embryo, Kathryn Elizabeth Peel
Department: Religious Studies

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"Living With the People": An Ethnographic Study of Worldview and Belief of An Aboriginal Community on the Dampier Peninsula, in Western Australia, S. Clark Rubino
Department: Religious Studies

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Models Among Friends, Emma Shaw
Department: Religious Studies

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Opening the Door to Violence: An Analysis of Religious Violence in Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, Joshua M. Young
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2004

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Converging and Diverging: the Mystical Journey of Jalaluddin Rumi and Saint Augustine, Jessica T. Bell
Department: Religious Studies

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Youth Have Left the Building: How to Make Church More Youth-Friendly, Sarah J. Blue
Department: Religious Studies

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Escapable Violence?: An Investigation Into the Tragedy at Waco, Teresa A. Clark
Department: Religious Studies

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"Tired and Poor" or "Wretched Refuse"?: Study of the Roles of Religious Groups and United States Government Policymakers in Regards to Immigrants Across the Mexican United States Border, Kathryn Harrison
Department: Religious Studies

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More Peaceful Society: the Application of the Buddhist Theology of Peace in the Christian West, Danielle Hawkins
Department: Religious Studies

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Dying to Live: Justifying Martyrdom, William M. Laukitis
Department: Religious Studies

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Investigation Into the Situation of Midwives During the European Witch Trials in Bavaria, Megan H. Potts
Department: Religious Studies; German Studies

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Cults: The Bad Religion?, Molly Spirer
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2003

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Reconnecting the Christian Male With the Wilderness: Embodying the Christian Wildman, Jeff Binder
Department: Religious Studies

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Theology, Law, and Ethics: Uncovering a Potentially Safe Space For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth Through the Role of the School Counselor in American Public Schools, Kathleen E. Boin
Department: Religious Studies

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God of Peace and the Peace of God: the Power of Nonviolence and Contemplation, Michael DuVall
Department: Religious Studies

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Sacred Politics: a Theoretical Outlook and Application of Religion in the United States, Kevin R. Huffman
Department: Religious Studies

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Scientific Evidence and Theological Arguments For the Failure of Scientific Creationism to Provide Sufficient Common Ground Between Theory of Evolution and Christianity, Richard W. Poole
Department: Religious Studies; Geology

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Glimpse of Truth, Alison Richardson
Department: Religious Studies; English