Hope College, Holland, Mich.
October 13-14, 2004


WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2004

Registration 5:00-7:30pm (LOCATION TBA)

7:30-9:00 pm PLENARY SESSION

Chair: Eric Miller, Geneva College

Christianity, Class, and an Historian's Vocation

John Fea, Messiah College

THURSDAY, October 14, 2004

Registration: 7:30am (LOCATION TBA)

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 8:00-9:15am (Haworth Conference Center)

Session 1: Perspectives on the Civil War

Chair and Comment:               Fred Johnson, Hope College

                                                Religious Beliefs of Civilians in the Old Northwest during the Civil War
                                                Sean Scott, Purdue University

                                                The Briar Thicket Blues: Tennesseans who Fought for the Union   
                                                Sarah Decker, Malone College

Clashing Paradigms:
                                                Taney, Lincoln, and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus

                                                Joshua Mather, Covenant College


Session 2:  Christian Inquiry and Historical Texts

Chair and Comment:                   Preston Jones, John Brown University
                                                    Deconstructing the Christian Other:
                                                    Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza's Methodology of Feminist Interpretation
Lauren A. Kerr, University of Houston

                                                    Embracing the Early Church:
                                                    Evangelicals, Patristics, Ecumenism, Ecclesiology
Philip Luke Sinitiere, University of Houston

Session 3: Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation Europe

Chair and Comment:               Derek Halvorson, Covenant College

                                                Luther, Humanism and the Bible
Ryan Kelly, Hope College

                                                Calvin and Hilary's Commentary on Psalm 1
Benjamin Austin, Trinity Christian College

                                                Esoteric Spirituality and Popular Devotion in the Fourteenth Century:
                                                Tensions in the Thought of Marguerite Porete and Meister Eckhart
Anna Thompson, Wheaton College

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 9:45-11:00am  (Haworth Conference Center)

Session 4: The Presidency in Twentieth-Century America

Chair and Comment:               Craig Kaplowitz, Judson College

                                                The Divorce From Neutrality:
                                                Woodrow Wilson's World War I Foreign Policy
Ryan Vroegindewey, Covenant College

                                                U.S. Information Agency's Relationship with Eisenhower, 1953-1956
Mary Klinger, Kent State University



Session 5: Social Reform in Nineteenth-Century America

Chair and Comment:               Jay Case, Malone College

                                                Slavery, the Bible and the Antebellum South:
                                                Balancing Religious Adherence and Traditional Culture
Julie Peters, Kansas State University

                                                A Vast Deal of Amusement with Much Instruction:
                                                Playing at Learning in the 19th Century
Susan Fletcher, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

                                                "To Abolish Slavery is a Good Thing, But It is Not Religion":
                                                Why the Antislavery Francis Wayland  was not an Abolitionist
Todd M. Thompson, Wheaton College



Session 6: Religion in Colonial America

Chair and Comment:                Jeffrey Webb, Huntington College

                                                Primitive Christianity Revived:
                                                John Wesley's Religious Societies
Geordan Hammond, University of Manchester

                                                Piety and Ecumenism in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania
Jared Burkholder, University of Iowa

                                                Religion and Civic Discourse in Provincial New York:
                                                Samuel Johnson and His Presbyterian Critics
Rusty Robertson, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Session 7:  Church-State Issues in American History

Chair and Comment:               Barry Hankins, Baylor University

                                                Isaac Backus and the History of Religion and Politics in the United States
Matthew Wasserstein, Washburn University

                                                Free Churches within a Free State:
                                                Baptist Efforts to Promote Religious Liberty, 1919-1945
Kenneth S. Culpepper, Baylor University

LUNCHEON:  11:30am-1:00pm


Jonathan Boyd, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Graduate and Faculty Ministries

Jonathan Boyd, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Graduate and Faculty Ministries
Eric Carlsson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jay Green, Covenant College
John Fea, Messiah College
Eric Miller, Geneva College

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 1:30-2:45pm (Haworth Conference Center)

Session 8: Christianity and the Historian's Craft

Chair  and Comment:               Howard Mattson-Boze, Geneva College

                                                A Conference in Chaos: CFH and its Critics
Shawn J. Moser, Baylor University

                                                A Time for Everything--Even Public History
Timothy Binkley, Wright State University

                                                Confronting a Secular History:
The Work of Lamin Sanneh in Mission History and World Christianity

                                                Joshua Grace, Point Loma Nazarene University


Session 9: Twentieth-Century American Fundamentalism

Chair and Comment:                Kurt Peterson, North Park University

                                                Clarence McCartney: Fundamentalist Thinker from Ministry to History
Gregory Jones, Geneva College

                                                Mennonites and Fundamentalism/Evangelicalism:
                                                The General Mennonite Church
Preston D. Goering, Kansas State University

Session 10: Perspectives on Historical Theology

Chair and Comment:                Robert Caldwell, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

                                                Old Princeton and Westminster:
                                                Van Til on Reason and Belief in God and Biblical Inspiration
Allen S. Gehring Jr.,  Texas A&M

                                                Thomistic Influence on the Christian Realist
                                                Movement in America, 1925-1952
Mark Edwards, Purdue University

                                                John Wesley's Christian Perfection and Theosis
Sean Dean, Fuller Theological Seminary

AFTERNOON BREAK: 2:45-3:15pm (LOCATION TBA)           

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 3:15-4:30pm (Haworth Conference Center)

Session 11: American Popular Culture in the 1960s

Chair and Comment:               
Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Calvin College

                                                "Better to Reign in Hell than Serve in Heaven":
                                                Rolling Stone, the Sixties, and the Conquest of Cool
Matthew Stewart, Geneva College

                                                Prophecy Belief in the Six Day War
Jeremy McLellan, Covenant College


Session 12: Jewish Life in Medieval Europe

Chair and Comment:               Caitlin Corning, George Fox University

                                                Jews: A Persecuted People or a Tolerated Minority?
                                                A Comparative Study on the Treatment of Jews in Medieval
                                                Christian and Muslim Spain
Tiffany Hanson, Malone College

                                                Neither In Nor Out: Religion and Society in Fatimid Egypt, 969-1094
Kirsten Heacock, Gordon College

Session 13: Community in Twentieth-Century America

Chair and Comment:              Michael Sider-Rose, Chicago Semester Program

                                                An Account of East St. Louis's Development Without a Social Contract
Colin Chapell, Covenant College

                                                A "Positive" Change?: The End of Communalism in the Amana Society
Anita Talsma Gaul, University of Iowa

                                                Messiah College's Philadelphia Campus:
Vision, Purpose, and Reality
                                                Sarah D. Mackin, Messiah College