M.A. Theses

Students in the ESR M.A. program have contributed to the body of research into theology, Biblical studies, Quaker studies, and Peace and Justice. The following are theses authored by those students.

Lawrence E. Barker1963Quaker StudiesThe Development of the Pastoral Pattern in Indiana Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Anne W. Webster1963Quaker StudiesEast Africa Yearly Meeting of Friends: An Evaluation of Its Growth
Paul Van Ness1963TheologyA Critical Analysis of Three Christian Viewpoints Relevant to Pastoral Counseling
Louraine Lacey Holsinger1964Biblical StudiesA Study of Christianity in Early Tradition: From the Gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles, 1-12
John C. Smith1964Quaker StudiesJospeh Hoag: A Vermont Quaker
William P. Taber, Jr.1965Quaker StudiesThe History of Ohio Yearly Meeting, Conservative, From its Beginning Until 1917
David Preston Haney1965TheologyCarl F.H. Henry: A Critical Appraisal of Fundamentalism
Michael Thornburg1965TheologyWilliam of Ockham: Philosophy and Natural Theology: A Selective Study
Keith Esch1966TheologyServants of God: a Study of Church Renewal and the Pastoral Ministry
Jan Paul Emmert1967 Cross-Cultural Communication in a Mission Setting: A Study of the Japan Missions of the General Conference Mennonite Church
John R. Van Tine III1968TheologyToward Understanding the Relationship of Henry David Thoreau to New England Puritanism
Anne Smith1968 Report of an Exploratory Year’s Program as a Regional Religious Education Director
Carl H. Zigler1968 Compendium of Mater’s Project on Termical Illness
Isami Nagami1969 A Comparison Between Revelation and Pure Experience in the Thoughts of Karl Barth and Kitaro Nishida
Howard R. Macy1970Biblical StudiesThe Legal Metaphor in Oracles Against Foreign Nations in the Pre-Exilic Prophets
Randall P. Hinshaw1970Quaker StudiesThe Educational Heritage of Friends in America: a Study of Friends Elementary and Secondary Schools
Dennis Ginoza1970 Behavior Modification in a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Racial Setting
James L. Helmuth1970 Report of Master’s Project: Clinical Pastoral Education
David Wetherell1971Biblical StudiesMythological Allusions in the Book of Job
Paul M. Wood1971TheologyA Quest for the Interpersonal Jesus
B. Eugene Fisher1972Quaker StudiesA Study of Toleration Among Midwest Quakers 1850-1900
G. Edwin Robison1972Quaker StudiesHistory of the Policy of the American Friends Mission in Central India 1896-1857
William W. Geary1972TheologyThe Church Renewal Literature of the Sixties: An Evaluation from the Perspective of a Comprehensive Model of Small Group Dynamics
Larry Carlson1973TheologyThe Problem of God’s Foreknowledge and Future Contingents: Aristotle, Aquinas, and Ockham
Leslie B. Whitbeck1973TheologyCharismata and Status in Two Charismatic Groups
Richard C. Sartwell1974Quaker StudiesThe Influence of Leading Friends in Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Evangelical, 1854-1919
Tadashi Yuasa1975Quaker StudiesA Comparative Study of Early Quakerism and Non-Church Christianity in Japan
David Hickman1976TheologyThe Communicative Process Applied to the Sermon
Roger T. Rankin1976TheologyThe Concept of Resurrection in the Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg
Frederick Shaw1976TheologyMethodology and Christology in the Thought of Schubert M. Ogden
Dan Synder1976TheologyFaith in an Apocalytic Age
Ken Henke1977Biblical StudiesA Study of Amos and Hosea and their Times with Special Reference to the Grounding of the Prophetic Concern for Social Justice
Ken Henke1977Peace and JusticeBread and Justice: a Discussion of World Hunger
Ken Henke1977Peace and JusticeA.J. Muste and the Twentieth Century Renewal of the Call to the “Lamb’s War”
John D. King1977TheologyToward Understanding the Relationship of Set and Setting to the Religious, Psychedelic Drug Experience
Malilo Nyongesa Barasa1978TheologyWestern Christianity and African Traditional Religion in the Though of Idowu and Mbiti
Michael Lawrence Birkel1978TheologyCommunity in the Theology of Basil of Caesarea
Thomas H. Jeavons1978TheologyThe Character of Christian Activism: Reflections on Discipleship in Modern Times
Deborah A. McGrady1979Biblical StudiesQoheleth: Between Two Ages: His Hellenistic and Hebrew Settings
Naluparayil K. Purushothaman1979Quaker StudiesThe Life and Thoughts of D. Elton Trueblood: A Whole Man
Howard Wright Alexander1980Quaker StudiesThe Language and the Reality of Quakerism
John Brent Bill1980Quaker StudiesDavid B. Updegraff: the Life, Beliefs, and Influence of a Friends Holiness Preacher
John McGuire1980TheologyA Descriptive Analysis of Three Aspects of William Temple’s Philosophy of Religion
Charles Lidala1981Biblical StudiesThe Concept of the Kingdom of God in Biblical and African Traditions
Vladimir Strejcek1982Peace and JusticeMahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther Kind: Different Political Situations and Religions, the Same Non-Violent Struggle for Freedom
Steve Angell1982Quaker StudiesReligious Toleration, Truth, and Reason in the Thought of William Penn
Martin James Chappell1983TheologyThe Loving Will Towards God: An Illumination and Clarification of the Nature and Grace of Contemplation as it is Presented in The Cloud of the Unknowing and Related Treatises
Daniel Brian Rouse1983Peace and JusticeSocio-Economic Implications of Preoccupation with Self and Group Interests: The Christian Hope of Moving Beyond that Tendency
Lonnie Valentine1983Biblical StudiesMark 12: 13-17: Jesus was not at all Innocent
Lonnie Valentine1983Peace and JusticeThe Psychology of Resistance
Paul Kriese1984Quaker StudiesTurth-Speaking and the Religious Society of Friends
Mark D. Minear1984Quaker StudiesThe Richmond Conference of 1887
R. Candida Palmer1984Quaker StudiesFriends and Accountability: An Arena for Faith and Practice
Marvin Dow Wingfield1984 The Politics of Honor in the Abraham/Lot Narratives: An Anthropological Midrash
John Mark Davidson1985Peace and JusticeDimensions of Transcendence
Anne Hayner1985Peace and JusticeToward a New Language of National Security
Elizabeth Peacock Kamphausen1985Quaker StudiesReturning to Peculiarity: Education Among Friends–Living Quaker Affirmations
John Timothy Terrell1985Quaker StudiesThe Movement from Sect to Denomination in Nineteenth-Cuntury Gurneyite Quakerism
Margaret Benefiel1985TheologyThree Women’s Stages of Faith: Julian of Norwich, Margaret Fell, and Hannah Whitall Smith
Rose Kasandi Adebe1986Quaker StudiesThe Impact of Quaker Missionaries in Kenya: The Work of Emory and Deborah Rees
Bridget Bower1986Quaker StudiesGospel Order Among Quiestist Quakers in the Nineteenth Centruy to 1860: A Comparison of the Hicksite and Wilburite Understanding of the Discipline
Nancy McDowell1986TheologyA Theological Interpretation of Selected Mosaics of Ravenna
Maragaret D. Zulick1986 Wisdom as an Image of the Center
Philip A. Park-Thomas1987TheologyTheological, Sociological, a Spiritual Dimensions of Enmity, with a View Toward Reconciliation
Sarah S.Forth1988Biblical StudiesJohn 2:1-12: The Wedding at Cana
Gary Arthur1988Quaker StudiesJustice, In Creation, In the Prophetic Tradition, and in the Apocalyptic Vision of George Fox
Robin Andres1988TheologyDavid Tracy: Hermeneutics
Legia L. Spicer1988TheologyThe Expectation of Meaning: The Turth-Being of Abraham Joshua Heschel
David Lloyd Johns1989TheologyThe Concept of Renewal in the Ecclesiology of Douglas van Steere
Bonita Porter1989TheologyIssues in Pastoral Care with Women
Linda C. Dalto1990Peace and JusticeInner Peace as Empowering Spirituality in Christian Commitment and Discipleship
Kohtaro Fujita1990Peace and JusticeTwo Approaches of Mediation as Peacemaking: Quaker’s and Rissho-Koseo-Kai’s
Jan Kees den Bakker1990TheologyTowards a New Theological Paradigm in the Nuclear Age: A Case Study of Reformed Theology in the Netherlands
Linda B. Selleck1991Quaker StudiesGentle Invaders: Quaker Women Educators and Race During the Civil War and Reconstruction
Philip Thuo1991TheologyIssues Relating to Faith in Christ in Church History
John C. Craig1992Biblical StudiesThe Over-Arching Structures of Job Formalist Concepts Applied to the Bible
Richard S. Koenig1992Biblical StudiesFoundational Possibilities for Oneness in Lao Tzu: Tao-Te-Ching, Genesis 1: Creation Story and Meister Eckhart’s Christianity
George Smith1993Quaker StudiesAspects of Quaker Education from 1960 to 1720
Grant David Miller Francisco1994TheologyBernard Lonergan and Conversion: Contributions Towards Personal and Social Transformation
Serra Delaplain Sippel1995TheologyWomen and Beauty: A Journey to Self-Love
Adam S.F. Miller1996Biblical StudiesThe Character of Yahweh in the J Material of Genesis
Bonita Washington-Lacey1996Peace and JusticeWorking Towards Justice in the Bonds of Oppression: Womanist Theology
Yasutomo Sawahata1997Peace and JusticeBuddhist-Christian Dialogue on Peace
Scott G. Fisher1998Peace and JusticeKe Ala A Hiki I Noa: The Path to Liberation
Susan Jeffers1999Biblical StudiesPaul and Fox on the Road to Damascus: Sent to Turn People to the Light
Robert Juma Wafula1999Quaker StudiesTithing for the Development of the African Christian Church: in a Kenyan Perspective
Christy Guenther2000TheologyA Theological Investigation into the Nature of Music Therapy
Anita Morse2000Peace and JusticeDiscovering Our Ethical Roots Through Story Telling
Paul Buckley2001Quaker StudiesThy Affectionate Friend: the Letters of Elias Hicks and William Poole
Jim Valekis2001Theology“Open Our Eyes, Lord–We Want to See Jesus”: A Study of Ongoing Salvation Story and Worship Day Ritual Transformations in the Worldwide Church of God
John Taylor Connoley2002Biblical StudiesBeyond the Harem: Stories of Three Unlikely Heroes
Jean van Altena2002Biblical StudiesJephthah: Hero as Victim
Leif Carlson2005Peace and JusticeNon-Violent Action Versus Temptation to Leave the Hold Land: a Palestinian Christian Perspective
Eric Benner2006TheologyGod and the World: a Process Theology’s Reflection on the Relationship of God to the Biodiversity Crisis and Humanity
Elisabeth Beasley2007Peace and JusticeThe I of the Institution: an American Learns Americanism Abroad
Benson Kamasi Amugamwa2008Quaker StudiesQuakerism and the Isukha Culture: The Impact of Quakerism on the Culture of the Isukha People of Western Kenya
Caroline S. Marsh2008Quaker StudiesFriends of IowaYearly Meeting (Conservative): Who We Are and What that Might Mean
R. Scott Miller2008Biblical StudiesThe Covenant Faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah: A Narrative Theology of Obedience and Nonviolence; Particularity and Credibility
Kate Newlin2009Peace and JusticeSupporting the Faith Development of Young Adult Friends by Encouraging Theological Development and Moratorium Experiences in Adolescence
Lloyd Lee Wilson2009Quaker Studies“The Remnant of Like Faith”: the First 50 Years of North Carolina Yearly Meeting
Adrienne Lowe2010Peace and JusticeFrom the Full Plate to the Wide World: A Theoretical and Practical Guide to Engaging Young Adults Through Interfaith Hospitality
Bejamin Pressley2010TheologyTowards a Quaker Moral Theology: The Testimonies and Vitue Ethics
Rachel Stacy2011Peace and JusticeImagining Change: Transforming Narratives from Violence to Non-Violence
Lynne Lawson2012TheologyMyth, Ritual, Feast: The Spiritual Roots of the Locavore Movement
Jeffrey Meyers2012TheologyA. J. Muste’s Theology: Tracing the Ideas that Shaped the Man
Deanna Mummert2012Biblical StudiesGreater Works: The Art of Loving One Another as the Path to Understanding Eternal Life: An Exegesis of John 14:12
Silas Siboe Wanjala2012Peace and JusticeHope for Peace: The Gospel Message of Nonviolence and Its Application in Africa
Karen Tibbals2014Quaker StudiesThe Theological Basis Behind Quaker Businesses: A Comparison of the first 150 Years to the Beginning of the 20th Century
John Connell2015Quaker StudiesSubjection to the Seed: The Natural Man and the Supernatural Light in the Epistemology of Friends
Martha Delaney-Hotz2015Biblical StudiesReading the Bible Ecologically
Simon Khayala2015Peace and JusticeA Model for Conflict Transformation: Ubuntu, Mediation, and Forgiveness
Theoneste Sentabire2015Peace and JusticeThe Pillars of Conflict Transformation: An African Perspective of Peacful Co-Existence
Danny Coleman2016TheologyChristian and Buddhist Apophatic Practice and Its Relation to Process Spirituality as an Ameliorative to the Decline of Christianity in 21st Century North America
Tracy Davis2016Peace and JusticeShamath, Sadhana, Stillness: Meditation as an Interfaith Practice of Peace
Keiko Ogawa2016Biblical StudiesInterpretations of the Psalms
Carol Anne Ferlauto2017Peace and JusticeIntersectional Feminism in Biblical Narrative, American Women’s Suffrage, and Restorative Justice
Oscar Lugusa Malande2017Peace and JusticeCreating a Transformed Community: Towards a Constructive Theology for Christian Community Formation in Contemporary Aftrica
Pamela Juram Kuhn2018Quaker StudiesHicksite Quakers in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Laura Arcila Villa2019Quaker StudiesThe Metaphysics of Anne Conway, Philosopher and Quaker
David Hanson2019Quaker StudiesThe Prophetic Quakerism of Lewis Benson