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    • Navigating Religious Conversion to Hinduism 

      Scrader, Trenton (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2021-04-01)
      Of the many religions that exist in the world, Hinduism is one without a clear and distinct conversion process. As a convert to Hinduism from Lutheranism, I have found it necessary to tell the story of how I became Hindu ...
    • The Boy Who Never Died 

      Hutcherson, Destiny (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2021-03-01)
      The author introduces the collection of poems with an essay that describes the structure, themes, and theological basis for the work: “In this piece, I thought it would be rather fascinating to grant Lucifer the opportunity ...
    • Catholicism’s Role in Mexican Immigrants Journey to the United States 

      Magana, Rodrigo (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2020-12-01)
      The goal of the essay was to understand the hardship an immigrant faces when leaving their country. It is a life-changing decision with many risks involved. Religion was and still is a token of hope for most immigrants. ...
    • Jerusalem of the Midwest : An Ethnography on Jewish Summer Camp 

      Honig, Audrey (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2020-11-01)
      My senior individualized project is an embodied ethnography of camp counselors at OSRUI (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute), a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. OSRUI (formerly “Union Institute”) was established ...
    • Fandom : a Third Space for Self-Expression and Community 

      Yaruss, Eleanor (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2020-11-01)
      In this paper, I will describe how fandoms serve as third spaces that exist outside of academic and religious spaces. These spaces simultaneously provide participants with similar resources and benefits that more traditional ...
    • Big Data, State Surveillance, and Securitization : Problematizing the LGBT Data Inclusion Act 

      Krone, Charlie (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2019-09-01)
      This paper concerns the 2017 LGBT Data Inclusion Act, a proposed piece of legislation that would mandate the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data on all federal surveys which collect other demographic ...
    • A Liminal Hell Using the Work of Johann Weyer to Bridge the Gap Between Intellectualism and Belief 

      Carlson, Justin (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2020-01-01)
      Johann Weyer's work in De Praestigiis Daemonum and its appendix is an important example of the complexities within the intellectual discourse about witchcraft and demonology in early-modern Europe. His educated and ...
    • Harmonology : The Study of Harmony and The Apex of Eternity 

      Curran, Conall Roy (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2019-09-01)
      Harmonology is a religion that exists and, by all known accounts, has existed for eternity, regardless of size or form because, embedded within all histories both present and future, including oral, literary, metaliterary, ...
    • Rejecting Modernity in the Study of Muslim Women's Piety and Agency 

      Bosco, Gabriel M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2019-09-01)
      My senior individualized project proposes that secularism, liberalism, and religious freedom negatively influences Western perceptions of Muslim women's agency while performing pious devotional practices. It suggests that ...
    • Different Creationist Perspectives of Evolutionary Science in Conjunction with the Agency of God 

      Patterson, Cayla (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2019-09-01)
      Creationism is the concept that there is a God, specifically the Christian one, who created the universe, Earth, and life on Earth. While this might sound like a rather straightforward answer to what creationism is, this ...
    • Creating Capaciousness in Islamic Law : An Examination of Abrogation & Consensus 

      Ziberi, Agron (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2019-09-01)
      To Amidi and Ghazali, the real object of an abrogation is, of course, a rule of law or other type of divine categorization of a human act, not a text. But since, according to the majority view, only rules contained within ...
    • Culture and Commodity : The Ascendance of Yoga in the Western World 

      Dorniak, Ania (2020-01-01)
      Americanized yoga has been fabricated and molded by and for Americans, and is executed in a manner that continues to exclude certain social groups that have been historically ostracized. Due to the legacy of colonialism, ...
    • Marie Laveau : Transgressing Powerful Gentility and Darkness 

      Hernandez, Aby (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2018)
      Marie Laveau and voodoo have been such great influences to religion, the media, and people. All the religious believers and non-believers have created their own perceptions of Marie Laveau based on her relation to Christianity. ...
    • From Eve to Euodia : Women's Representations in Children's Bibles 

      Good, Emily (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
      The children's Bibles recommended by the Mainline Protestant Churches for children between the ages of three and five have fewer female characters than male characters, and the women are often poor quality representations. ...
    • Consumption and Commodification of Buddhism in America 

      Willetts, Frank (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
      In America, Buddhism operates in many different forms such as a religion, spirituality, or philosophy. As it is represented along this spectrum, ranging from purely religious to fully secular, Buddhism is adopted and ...
    • Religious (Dis)Affiliation in the Catholic Church : A Social Identity Approach 

      Vanderkloot, David (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
      This project seeks to examine one group, former-Catholics, how they view Catholic identity, and why they felt they must leave it behind. Utilizing Social Identity Theory, a psychological concept that has recently been ...
    • Women’s Ordination in the Catholic Church 

      Berger, Hannah (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
      For the first millennium of Christianity’s existence, women held ordained leadership positions in the Christian Church. While the definition of ordination was changed in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries to exclude women ...
    • Spirituality : Connecting to the Spiritual World in Sacred and Secular Spaces 

      Milianti, Sarafina (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
      The author uses the methodology of Kathy Charmaz, known as grounded theory to explore some of the main features that enhance or detract from spiritual moments. In order to do this, I had to design a project that would cover ...
    • “The Milk of the Two Breasts of the Father” : Motherhood & Salvation in the Odes of Solomon 

      Martin, Elizabeth (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
      Despite all of the arguments scholars have about the origins of the Odes of Solomon, this text is clearly linked to Christian values and theologies because of its focus on New Testament Biblical characters like Jesus, the ...
    • Constructing Identity: Puerto Rican Engagement with Taíno Religious Material Culture 

      Vázquez, Natalie (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2016)