PhD candidates Tony Bonta and Thomas Bridges were each awarded an Arts and Sciences travel grant for spring 2009.
Tony Bonta will present a paper entitled, "An American Catholic Response to Racism and Discrimination," under the Historical Perspective on Religion category at the 2009 Spring Upper Midwest Regional American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Meeting at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota March 27-28. This presentation incorporates his current dissertation research.
Thomas Bridges presented a paper entitled "Christology 'After God': Incarnation and Secularism," in a section on Philosophical Theology, at the Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, at Anderson University, Anderson, IN, March 5-7. The paper is the revised fruit of the research and writing he did for Dr. D. Stephen Long's Fall 2008 course "Christology: The Incarnation.” In the paper he explicates religion scholar Mark C. Taylor's new theory of religion which accounts for the endurance of religion in a secular age, and argues that the Christology he espouses makes violence and death necessary.