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 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

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Read Two Passages and Call Me in the Morning: a Study of the Effects That Religion Has on the Physical and Mental Health, With An Examination of How to Apply These Religious Aspects in a Clinical Setting, Kenneth S. Simmons Jr.
Department: Religious Studies

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Integrating Religious Studies Into Public Education, Lindsay M. Vargo
Department: Religious Studies

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"I Hate Your Fleshly Lives:" Ann Lee, Celibacy, and the Second Appearance of Christ in Early Shaker Doctrine, Marta N. Zaborowski
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2002

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Transformation, Renewal, and Gifts: the Cosmic Significance of Sacrifice in the Era of the Fifth Sun, Melissa I. Acosta
Department: Religious Studies

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"I Was a Stranger...": Faith, Responsibility, and Refugees, Morgan L. Barlow
Department: Religious Studies

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"Where's Arthur?": the Search For King Arthur From a Cultural and Religious Perspective, Shannon K. Boylan
Department: Religious Studies

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Looking For Salvation, Douglas N. Hagler
Department: Religious Studies

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Reform Judaism in America: the Chosen Identity of the "Chosen People", Robin Ragsdale
Department: Religious Studies

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"Out of Hope Comes Prophecy": a Critical Analysis of the Scholarly Prophet Paradigm in Defining Native American Spiritual Leaders, Betsey A. Watson
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2001

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Reflectiveness, Creativity, and Spirituality: Can Reflectiveness and Imagination Revitalize Spirituality and Religious Belief?, Stephen B. Baughman
Department: Religious Studies; Psychology

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Common Ground of Peace: Using Pluralism and Nonviolent-Theologies As Tools For Change, Kristen L. Elkington
Department: Religious Studies

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Conflict Resolution and Christian Values: a Pilot Program With High School Students in a Parish Setting, Christina L. Jureller
Department: Religious Studies

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Religion, Education, and the Home Schooling Movement, Elise G. Pilorget
Department: Religious Studies

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Importance of Religion to the Civil War, Ian Vallenga
Department: Religious Studies

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The Importance of Religion to the Civil War, Ian Vellenga

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The Importance of Religion to the Civil War, Ian Vellenga

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Christianity and the Compassion of Choice: An Examination of the Arguments Supporting the Morality of the Pro-Choice Position and the Pro-Choice Voice With in Mainline Christian Denominations, Julia Wilson
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2000

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Silicon Addiction and Spiritual Starvation: a Forward-Looking Reflection on the History of Christianity and Technology, Peter W. P. Anderson
Department: Religious Studies

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Deciding to Die: An Exploration of Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Netherlands and the United States and the Movements to Legalize These Practices, Amy E. Farley
Department: Religious Studies

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Meat, Carmen J. Hotvedt
Department: Religious Studies

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Reorientation From Answer to Question: A Comprehensive Study of the Internalization of God in the Context of War., Nellika Little
Department: Religious Studies

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Contemporary Appalachian Serpent Handling: A Sociological Perspective of Rural Holiness Churches That Handle Poisonous Snakes, T. J. Marchio
Department: Religious Studies

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From Children's Rights to Human Rights: The Importance of Educating America's Future, Nicole Miller
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Collective Revolution: An Examination of Intentional Communities, Emily E. Welty
Department: Religious Studies

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About God... Talk!: Feminist Thological God-Talk Within the Abrahamic Religions, Alexia C. Zdral
Department: Religious Studies

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Intermonastic Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: A Vehicle in Which to Explore the History, Models, Themes and Theories of Interreligious Dialogue, Timothy R. Ziegler
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1999

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Transforming the Traditional Christian Definition of Divine Power: Calling Christians to Accountability and Justice, Rebecca J. Barnes
Department: Religious Studies

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Religious Voices in a Sixth Graders Life: An Examination of How Attending a Religious School Affects Students Views of Religion, Caroline Bohn
Department: Religious Studies

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Writing From the Belly of a Paradow: Thomas Merton and the Recovery of the Christian Experience Through Zen, David J. Cooper
Department: Religious Studies; English

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Effects of Hellenization on the Oral and Written Tradition of the Sefer Yetzirah and the Beginning of the Kabbalah, Christopher A. M. Coughlin
Department: Religious Studies

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Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments, James F. Cubie
Department: Religious Studies; Philosophy

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Canonized Sexuality? Exploring Women's Sexuality within the Context of the Song of Songs, Elizabeth L. Feroe

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"Many Faces of God: Individual Images of the Christian Deity and Their Interactions With Society", Rebecca J. McClintock
Department: Religious Studies

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Abomination: a Controversy of Homosexuality in the Church, A. J. Moore
Department: Religious Studies

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Identity Through Communalism: Politics and Religion Among Indian Muslims in the Century Before Partition, Dawn M. Packer
Department: Religious Studies; History

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Education As Transformation: Connecting the Head and Heart Through a Pedagogy of Spirituality, Dana Sommers
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Holy Spirit: a Means of Empowerment and Relationship in The Pentecostal Movement, Allen L. Weaver
Department: Religious Studies

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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A Critical Exploration of African Oppression and Subsequent Means of Liberation, Tobey Esther Goldfarb

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A Critical Exploration of African Oppressions and Subsequent Means of Liberations, Tobey Esther Goldfarb

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Ordination of Women, Benjamin E. Harpster
Department: Religious Studies

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Gender Biases of the Middle Ages Indicated By the Narrative Cycles of Two Thirteenth Century Italian Hagiographical Altarpieces Depicting Saint Francis and Saint Clare, Melanie Hartman
Department: Religious Studies

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McGaw Chapel: A Wooster Revolution, Rowell A. Levy
Department: Religious Studies

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Continuation, Pertinence and Evolution of the Catholic Worker Movement in Contemporary Society, Stott M. Shlaes
Department: Religious Studies

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Critical Exploration of African Oppression and Subsequent Means of Liberation, Esther G. Tobey
Department: Religious Studies

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Affliction and Attention: a Study of the Philosophy of Simone WeilAnd Its Connections to Theology of Gustavo Gutierrez, Shannon R. Vance
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1997

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Trancendence Amidst the Dogma of Fear and the Chaos of Truth: a Look Into the Radical Message of Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh, Erik R. Bloom
Department: Religious Studies

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Aleister Crowley and "The Inelastic Mind", Spencer L. Dew
Department: Religious Studies

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Black and White: a History of the Racial Theology of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1845-1995, Wade C. Halva
Department: History; Religious Studies

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Revision of Evil: the Ethical Systems Within the Teachings of Jesus and Lao Tzu, Aaron A. Hoffman
Department: Religious Studies

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Critique of Three Churches From a Black Theology Perspective, Elizabeth A. Howe
Department: Religious Studies

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Dreams and Dream Groups: Revitalizing Religious Experience in Late 20th Century America, Benjamin H. Larson
Department: Religious Studies

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Faith, Youth, Calling, Short Term Mission, Prayer, Action, Faith, Christina H. McKean
Department: Religious Studies

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Tradition Versus Translation: a Study of I Corinthians 3:1-5 With Regards to the Problem of Historical Accuracy, Sarah M. Morron
Department: Religious Studies

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"Moving From Dependency to Autonomy: Liberation Theology's Critique of Capitalism and Hope For Latin America", Kristi K. Sanford
Department: Religious Studies

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The Strength of Community: Liberation Theology in El Salvador and Guatemala, Juliana B. Taylor
Department: Religious Studies; Spanish

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Religion and the Education of Muslim and Hindu Communities in America, Miriam J. Wahid
Department: Religious Studies

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Mary Magdalene in Text: a Whore or Leader?, Heather M. Wilson
Department: Religious Studies

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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God's By-Products and Other Discrepancies: A Critical Analysis of Plato's Magnesia and Liberation Theology as Viable Utopic Constructions in Relation to Mainline Christian Tradition, Courtney Caswell-Payton

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Abortion: Evaluating the Moral Complexities of Reproductive Rights in the Realm of the Roman Catholic Church and the Supporters of Choice, Julie S. Grimm

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Abortion: Evaluating the Moral Complexities of Reproductive Rights in the realm of the Roman Catholic Church and the Supporters of Choice, Julie Smyth Grimm

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The Oppression of Muslim Women, Michael R. Mahler

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The Oppression of Muslim Women, Michael Robert Mahler

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Space Matters: The Maya Articulation of Myth and Cosmology as Represented in the Spatial Elements of Building Construction and City Planning: The Example of the Ball Court Sector of Late Classic La Sierra, Garrett W. Silliman

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Space Matters: The Maya Articulation of Myth and Cosmology as represented in the Spatial Elements of Building Construction and City Planning: The Example of the Ball Court Sector of Late Classic La Sierra, Garrett W. Silliman

Space Matters: The Maya Articulation of Myth and Cosmology as Represented in the Spatial Elements of Building Construction and City Planning: The Example of the Ball Court Sector of Late Classic La Sierra, Garrett W. Silliman

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Compassion: A Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, Brian Sprouse

Compassion: A Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, Brian Sprouse

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Compassion: A Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, Brian Sprouse

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1995

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Ritual Awakening: A Spiritual Rebirth for Veterans of the Vietnam War, Heather Marie Altstaetter
Department: Religious Studies

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Revision of Paradise: The Apocalypse of Jehovah's Witnesses and the American Millennial Dream, Rebecca D. Boatright

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Revision of Paradise: The Apocalypse of Jehovah's Witnesses and the American Millennial Dream, Rebecca D. Boatright

Revision of Paradise: The Apocalypse of Jehovah's Witnesses and the American Millennial Dream, Rebecca D. Boatright

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Living as Fishers of Men: A Study and Application of Christ's Methods of Lifestyle Evangelism as Recorded in the Synoptic Gospels, Karen L. Gerber
Department: Religious Studies

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Physican - Assisted Suicide : A Legal and Theological Perspective of Oregon Measure 16 the Death with Dignity Act, Debra Hartrum
Department: Religious Studies

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Reflexive Rage, Racialism, and Religion: The Relationship Between the Christian Identity Movement and the Federal Government, Matthew Linsley
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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Religion, Rhetoric, and Grassroots Political Organization: An In-Depth Examination of Christian Coalition and People for the American Way, Noah D. Parker

Religion, Rhetoric, and Grassroots Political Organization: An In-Depth Examination of Christian Coalition and People for the American Way, Noah D. Parker

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The Relationship between Christianity and Generation X in the United States, Melissa Knight Shipley
Department: Religious Studies

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How Theravada Buddhism Can Help Protestant Christianity Preserve It's Integrity by Developing an Adequate Theodicy Based on Human Responsibility Rather Than Divine Sovereignty, D. Jason Slone

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How Theravada Buddhism Can Help Protestant Christianity Preserve it's Integrity by Developing an Adequate Theodicy Based on Human Responsibility Rather than Divine Sovereignty, D. Jason Slone

How Theravada Buddhism Can Help Protestant Christianity Preserve it's Integrity by Developing an Adequate Theodicy Based on Human Responsibility Rather than Divine Sovereignty, D. Jason Slone

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The Concept of Denominational Identity with a Focus on the Presbyterian Church (USA), Robert Tonkin
Department: Religious Studies

Boundaries the Define God: Mormonism and Christianity, Christine M. Torres

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Boundaries the Define God: Mormonism and Christianity, Christine M. Torres

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Boundaries That Define God: Mormonism and Christianity, Christine Margaret Torres

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Experiencing Jesus Through the Foursquare Gospel Church, Katherine Nash Williams
Department: Religious Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1994

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The Spirituality and Death Anxiety of Hospice Volunteers and Trainees: a Qualitative Research Study, Laura B. Abernethy
Department: Psychology; Religious Studies

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A Limited Look at Comtemporary Ethical Discourse, Chad W. Coffman
Department: Religious Studies

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Christian Morality and Its Influence on U.S. Legislation as Illustrated by Laws Pertaining to Homosexuality, Jane M. Erickson

Christian Morality and Its Influence on U.S. Legislation as Illustrated by Laws Pertaining to Homosexuality, Jane M. Erickson

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Deepest Ecology and Eco-Justice, Daniel B. Jacobs

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Spiritual Journeys, Robert C. Johnson
Department: Religious Studies

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An Analysis of Nonviolence as a Mode of Social Reform: Then and Now, Eric D. Meyers

An Analysis of Nonviolence as a Mode of Social Reform: Then and Now, Eric D. Meyers