The Department of Philosophy & Religion offers majors and minors in both philosophy and religion, as well as a combined philosophy and religion major.

Below you will find scholarly and other professional works of faculty in Philosophy & Religion.

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Submissions from 2016

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Faith and Foreign Policy in India: Legal Ambiguity, Selective Xenophobia, and Anti-minority Violence, Chad M. Bauman

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The “Make Your Own Religion” Project, Chad M. Bauman and Brent A. R. Hege

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Christianity and Freedom in India: Colonialism, Communalism, Caste, and Violence, Chad M. Bauman and James Ponniah

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What is Religious Freedom?, Brent Hege

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Butler University Baccalaureate Faculty Address, May 6, 2016, Brent A. R. Hege

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Theology and Science Fiction, James F. McGrath

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A God Needs Compassion, but Not a Starship: Star Trek's Humanist Theology, James F. McGrath

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17. Zoology, Tiberiu Popa

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Arguments against Drone Warfare with a Focus on the Immorality of Remote Control Killing and “Deadly Surveillance”, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2015

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Comedy, Violence, and Undergraduates, Christopher Bungard

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Violence in Plautus: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love performance, Christopher Bungard

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When is it Mental?, Stuart Glennan

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Butler University Baccalaureate Address 2013, Brent Hege

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Englightenment in Philosophy and Religion, Brent Hege

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Hobby Lobby’s ‘Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs’: The Problem of Theological Terminology in American Politics and Jurisprudence, Brent Hege

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Monotheism, James F. McGrath

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Explicit and Implicit Religion in Doctor Who and Star Trek, James F. McGrath

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Forward to The Son of God: Three Views of the Identity of Jesus, James F. McGrath

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How Jesus Became God: One Scholar’s View, James F. McGrath

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Mythicism and the Making of Mark, James F. McGrath

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Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction, James F. McGrath

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Drone Warfare and Just War Theory, Harry van der Linden

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Review: Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military, edited by Bradley Jay Strawser, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2014

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Professor McGrath Offers a Scholarly Take On Religion and Doctor Who, Marc Allen and James F. McGrath

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A Blast from the Ancient Past: Using Digital Storytelling in ‘Roman Perspectives’, Christopher Bungard

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To Script Or Not To Script: Rethinking Pseudolus as Playwright, Christopher Bungard

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Aspects of Human Historiographic Explanation: A View from the Philosophy of Science, Stuart Glennan

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Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden: In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries Across the Life Sciences, Stuart Glennan

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Contesting Faith, Truth, and Religious Language at the Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege

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On the Relation between Quantum Mechanical and Neo-Mechanistic Ontologies and Explanatory Strategies, Meinard Kuhlmann and Stuart Glennan

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Monotheism, James F. McGrath

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“Did Jesus Die in Outer Space? Evaluating a Key Claim in Richard Carrier’s On the Historicity of Jesus, James F. McGrath

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Jesus and the Money Changers (John 2:13-16), James F. McGrath

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Mythicism and the Mainstream: The Rhetoric and Realities of Academic Freedom, James F. McGrath

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Which John? The Elder, the Seer, and the Apostle, James F. McGrath

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Woman at the Well, James F. McGrath

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A Re-examination of Some of the South Stoa Wells at Corinth, Guy D.R. Sanders, Yuki Furuya, and Lynne. Kvapil

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Iris Young, Radical Responsibility, and War, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2013

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Hindu-Christian Conflict in India: Globalization, Conversion, and the Coterminal Castes and Tribes, Chad M. Bauman

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Determinando un ruolo: immo e improvvisazione nello Pseudolus, Christopher Bungard

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Moore, T. 2012. Roman Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Christopher Bungard

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Silent and Boisterous Slaves: Considerations in Staging Pseudolus 133-234, Christopher Bungard and Daniel Walin

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Trials of the urban ecologist, Rebecca W. Dolan, Tim Carter, Travis J. Ryan, Carmen M. Salsbury, Thomas E. Dolan, and Marjorie Hennessy

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Review of "Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics", Brent A. R. Hege

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Theology, Politics, and Antimodernism in Nazi Germany: Problematizing Theological Rhetoric and Political Theology, Brent A. R. Hege

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Agamemnon’s Human Resources: An Examination of Mycenae’s Palatial Workforce, Lynne. Kvapil

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Polemic, Redaction, and History in the Mandaean Book of John: The Case of the Lightworld Visitors to Jerusalem, James F. McGrath

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He Shall Be Called a Nazorean: Intertextuality without an Intertext?, James F. McGrath

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On Hearing (Rather Than Reading) Intertextual Echoes: Christology and Monotheistic Scriptures in an Oral Context, James F. McGrath

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Polemic, Redaction, and History in the Mandaean Book of John: The Case of the Lightworld Visitors to Jerusalem, James F. McGrath

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Revisiting the Mandaeans and the New Testament, James F. McGrath

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Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, James F. McGrath and Andrew Crome

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Investigating the Effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning in 3D Virtual Worlds. A Preliminary Report on the Hadrian’s Villa Project, Lee Taylor-Helms, Lynne. Kvapil, John Fillwalk, and Bernard Frischer

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Permanent Wartime, Harry van der Linden

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Review of Howard Williams, Kant and the End of War: A Critique of Just War Theory, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2012

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Conversion Careers, Conversions-For, and Conversion in the Study of Religion, Chad Bauman

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Political Competition, Relative Deprivation, and Perceived Threat: A Research Note on Anti-Chrstian Violence in India, Chad Bauman and Tamara Leach

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Christianity and Hinduism: An Annotated Bibliography, Chad M. Bauman, Arun Jones, Brian Pennington, Joseph Prabhakar Dayam, and Michelie Voss Roberts

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L’ingannatore ingannato: i due aspetti di Milfione nello Poenulo, Christopher Bungard

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Mercator, 691-802 in English, Version B. NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance, Christopher Bungard

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Reconsidering Zeus’ Order: The Reconciliation of Apollo and Hermes, Christopher Bungard

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Mercator, 691-802 in English, Version A. NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance., Christopher Bungard and NEH Summer 2012 Institute

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Mercator, 691-802 in Latin. NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance, Christopher Bungard and NEH Summer 2012 Institute

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Pseudolus, 133-234 in Latin. NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance, Christopher Bungard and NEH Summer 2012 Institute

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Review of "An Introduction to Christian Theology", Brent A. R. Hege

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Review of "Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir", Brent A. R. Hege

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Review of "The Church Event: Call and Challenge of a Church Protestant", Brent A. R. Hege

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Review of "What’s Wrong with Sin? Sin in Individual and Social Perspective from Schleiermacher to Theologies of Liberation", Brent A. R. Hege

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„Zurück zu Schleiermacher! und von Schleiermacher aus vorwärts!“ Georg Wobbermin and the Legacy of Schleiermacher in Weimar Liberal Protestantism, Brent A. R. Hege

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Review of The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the Pauline Kyrios, James F. McGrath

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Barack Obama as Just War Theorist: The Libyan Intervention, Harry van der Linden

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On the Violence of Systemic Violence: A Critique of Slavoj Žižek, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2011

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Indian Christian Historiography from Below, from Above, and in Between., Chad M. Bauman

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Review of Missionaries and their Medicine, Chad M. Bauman

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Lies, Lyres, and Laughter: Surplus Potential in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, Christopher Bungard

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Singular and General Causal Relations: A Mechanist Perspective, Stuart Glennan

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Review of Introduction to Modern Theology: Trajectories in the German Tradition, Brent Hege

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Political Theology in a Postsecularist Key, Brent A. R. Hege

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Review of "Thinking with the Church: Essays in Historical Theology", Brent A. R. Hege

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Robots, Rights and Religion, James F. McGrath

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Mark’s Missing Ending: Clues from the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Peter, James F. McGrath

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Religion and Science Fiction, James F. McGrath

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Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2010

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Mechanisms, Causes, and the Layered Model of the World, Stuart Glennan

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Mechanisms (Oxford), Stuart Glennan

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Review of Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction, by Don Schweitzer., Brent Hege

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A Reforming Tradition Struggles with Change: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Historic Vote on LGBT Ordination, One Year Later, Brent A. R. Hege

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Stories the Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege

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The Online Theology Classroom: Strategies for Engaging a Community of Distance Learners in a Hybrid Model of Online Education, Brent A. R. Hege

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The Suffering of God? The Divine Love and the Problem of Suffering in Classical and Process-Relational Theisms., Brent A. R. Hege

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The Gift Outright: Land Use and Resource Acquisition at Late Bronze Age Mycenae, Lynne. Kvapil

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The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship, James F. McGrath

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Reading the Story of Miriai on Two Levels: Evidence from Mandaean Anti-Jewish Polemic about the Origins and Setting of Early Mandaeism, James F. McGrath

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The Desert of the Real: Christianity, Buddhism & Baudrillard in The Matrix Films and Popular Culture, James F. McGrath

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From Combat Boots to Civilian Shoes: Reflections on The Chickenhawk Syndrome, Harry van der Linden

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Just Military Preparedness, U.S. Military Hegemony, and Contingency Planning for Intervention in Sudan: A Reply to Lango and Patterson, Harry van der Linden

Submissions from 2009

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Review: Bourgeois Hinduism, or The Faith of the Modern Vedantists: Rare Discourses from Early Colonial Bengal, Chad Bauman

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Review of Religious Division and Social Conflict, Chad M. Bauman

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The Specter of ‘Spirituality’—On the (In)Utility of an Analytical Category, Chad M. Bauman

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Fuzzy But Not Warm: On the (Continuing) Descriptive and Analytical Inutility of ‘Spirituality', Chad M. Bauman, Gene Gallagher, and Davina Lopez