2017 Conference

The Ambrose Research Conference (ARC) aims to showcase student, faculty, staff, and alumni research and scholarly activity. The theme of ARC 2017 is "The Power of Story."

Eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Exorcisms of Scripture and the Bible as Evil Text

David Dalwood
Ambrose Research Conference presentation

Building upon Paul Tillich's analysis of demonic politico-theological structures and Marilyn McCord Adams' treatment of "horrendous evils," this article explores the Bible's capacity to effect existential ruin when incorporated within theological systems that demand fanatical obedience from adherents.

English
Type: 
Essay

Compelled to Create: Barfield, Collective Consciousness, and Orpheus

Laura Holden
Ambrose Research Conference presentation
Philosopher, poet, and author Owen Barfield may be referred to as the “first and last inkling” (OwenBarfield.org).
English
Type: 
Essay

Pastor's Kids: Perceptions and Experiences of Family, Friends, the Church, and God

Rebecca Kuhn
Ambrose Research Conference presentation

This study explored how the experience of being a pastor’s kid impacts a person’s relationship with God, their family, their friends, and the Church, and how they perceive and have experienced these institutions and relationships throughout their lives. Ten pastor’s kids participated in one hour long interviews, with questions ranging from general information about themselves to more pointed questions about how being a pastor’s kid has impacted different areas of their life.

English
Type: 
Essay

Sacred Space for the 21st Century: the Embodiment of Human Experience

Amy Lemke
Ambrose Research Conference presentation

This paper argues that the core purpose of sacred space is to serve the mission of the Church, that is, for God to be glorified in his people through their worship, edification and outreach. In order to produce the kinds of sacred spaces that will facilitate the mission of the Church in the 21st century, church leaders should take the following three areas into account: human corporeality, spirituality and temporality.

English
Type: 
Essay

The Liquidation of the Individual: Adorno, the Carpenters, and Maroon 5

Bronwyn Schuman
Theodor Adorno, a leading proponent of the Frankfurt School, focuses a large portion of
his writing on critical theory, and in terms of aesthetics, Adorno searches for the “social
significance,” the social effects and the social content, within the art form (Brown “Adorno’s
Critique” 18). Adorno was able to look specifically at the popular culture of art in America, as he
was forced to move there while in exile between 1935 and 1955. During these years, his work on
aesthetics seemed to focus on three main concerns:
English
Type: 
Essay

Selective Hearing – Ear Training in Academia

Bronwyn Schuman
When people train, they work to get better at something in order to achieve a goal within
a specific system. Within the academic world, listening is taught through means of an ear
“training” class. Ear training class does not necessarily mean that students will be listening,
but rather students will be training to hear correctly within a system. In these classes across
universities, students learn to identify several things within tonal and even non-tonal
English
Type: 
Essay

Two Times of the Same Story: Comparable Themes in 17th Century Poetry and 21st Century Rap Music

Alanna Schwartz

In the study of literature, we look to poets to communicate to us by putting the “best words in their best order,” as stated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The rhythm of poetry transcends music, and even the simple rhythm of reading poetry aloud presents a musicality without needing the help of instruments.

English
Type: 
Essay

Listen, Play, Speak: Creative Approaches to Jazz in the Twenty First Century

Joel Untinen
Ambrose Research Conference presentation

The new in music represents mystery, or the other. The Christian tradition, especially the Eastern mystic tradition, has known for a long time that our sensory perceptions are less objective than science would like to assume. Embodied knowledge and experience occupies an important part of the process of exploring and understanding complex ideas in the world. This is one reason why the incorporation of art, music, movement and incense is vital to the Orthodox and Catholic liturgies. They are able to express the unknowable and the otherness of God through an embodied and communal experience.

English
Type: 
Essay

Aemilia Lanyer’s Defense of Women

Casey-Lyne Lodge

In Salve Deus Rex Judæorum, Aemilia Lanyer uses the Bible as a literary source in order to offer her own interpretation of Biblical material. Due to the Bible’s universal and authoritative reach in her British society, Lanyer uses Scripture as common ground to look at from her unique female perspective.

English

Tabs

WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00019533
Subscribe to 2017 Conference