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Department of Religion and Philosophy Faculty

Faculty | Current Adjunct Faculty | Emeritus Professors

Faculty

EisenbiseKate Eisenbise Crell, chair
Office: Academic Center 225
Phone: (260) 982-5348
E-mail: KECrell@manchester.edu
Assistant professor of religion. B.A., Earlham College, 2001; M.A.Th, Bethany Theological Seminary, 2004; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union/Berkeley, 2009. [vita]

Professor Eisenbise Crell began teaching at Manchester University with the Fall Semester, 2009.

Courses:

  • Christian Traditions (REL 111) [syllabus]
  • Introduction to Religious Studies (REL 120) [syllabus]
  • Religions and War (REL 205) [syllabus]
  • Confucian and Buddhist Worlds (REL 222) [syllabus]
  • Religions of India (REL 223) [syllabus]
  • Feminist and Womanist Theologies (REL 225) [syllabus]
  • Contemporary Christian Thought (REL 435) [syllabus]

 


 

Gray BrownKaty Gray Brown
Office: Academic Center 227
Phone: (260) 982-5343
E-mail: KLGrayBrown@manchester.edu
Associate professor of philosophy and peace studies. B.A., Manchester University, 1991; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1992; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1994; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2000. [vita]

Professor Gray Brown began teaching at Manchester University with January term, 2007.

Courses:

  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  • Ethical Decision-Making (PHIL 215) [syllabus]
  • Logic (PHIL 230)
  • Seminar on Native American Traditions (PHIL 385) [syllabus]
  • Philosophy of Civilization (PHIL 444) [syllabus]
  • Introduction to Peace Studies (PEAC 110) [syllabus]
  • Literature of Non-Violence (PEAC 235)
  • Peace Issues (PEAC 333)
  • Religions and War (REL 205)

 


 

Justin LasserJustin Lasser
Office: Academic Center 223
Phone: (260) 982-5217
E-mail: JMLasser@manchester.edu
Assistant professor of religion.  B.A., Gordon College, 2004; M.A. (2004), M.Phil. (2006), Ph.D. (2010), Union Theological Seminary (New York). [vita]

Professor Lasser began teaching at Manchester University with the Fall Semester, 2011.

Courses:

  • Introduction to the Old Testament (REL 101) [syllabus]
  • Introduction to the New Testament (REL 102) [syllabus]
  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam (REL 210) [syllabus]
  • Religious Classics (REL 266) [syllabus]
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201) [syllabus]

 


 

NaragonSteve Naragon [web page]
Office: Calvin Ulrey 214
Phone: (260) 982-5041
E-mail: SSNaragon@manchester.edu

Professor of philosophy. B.A., Manchester College, 1982; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1987. [vita]

Professor Naragon began teaching when Manchester was still a college, in the Fall Semester, 1991.  He is on sabbatical leave during 2012-13, and an extended research leave from Fall 2013 through Spring 2015.

Courses:

 


 

Jonathan Krull

Office: Academic Center 223
Phone: (260) 982-5960

Email: JHKrull@manchester.edu

 
Professor Krull is a visiting professor of Philosophy who began here in the Fall of 2012. His BA is from Bethel University (2000) and he's finishing his Ph.D. at University of South Carolina.

 

Courses:

  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  • Ethical Decision Making (PHIL 215)
  • 19th Century Western Philosophy (PHIL 320)
  • Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 330)

 

Current Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht [e-mail]

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    Fall 14: Ethical Decision-Making (PHIL 215)
  • Spring 14: Ethical Decision-Making (PHIL 215)

Emeritus Professors

Bowman 2008Robert C. Bowman [web page]
E-mail: RCBowman@manchester.edu
Professor emeritus of religion. A.B., Manchester University, 1956; B.D., Bethany Theological Seminary, 1961.

Professor Bowman began teaching at Manchester University with Spring Semester, 1993, and retired at the end of the Spring Semester, 2011.

Courses:

  • Old Testament (REL 101) 
  • New Testament (REL 102)
  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (REL 210)
  • Jesus and the Gospels (REL 241)
  • Religious Classics (REL 266)
  • Ancient and Medieval Christianity (REL 311)
  • Seminar on Genesis (REL 385) 
  • Introduction to Biblical Greek I (REL T11) [syllabus]

 


 

Kenneth L. BrownBrown

Dr. Ken Brown died Nov. 3, 2010. College obituary.

Professor emeritus of religion and philosophy and peace studies, director of the peace studies program from 1980 to 2005. A.B., McPherson College, 1955; B.D., Bethany Theological Seminary, 1958; Ph.D., Duke University, 1964.

Ken taught at Manchester from 1961 through spring 2006, when he retired from full-time teaching.

Courses:

  • Introduction to Peace Studies (PEAC 110)
  • Current Issues in Peace and Justice (PEAC 120)
  • Literature of Non-Violence (PEAC 235)
  • Analysis of War and Peace (PEAC 330)
  • Peace Issues (PEAC 333)
  • Ethical Decision-Making (PHIL 215)
  • Philosophy of Civilization (PHIL 444)
  • (... and many others)

 


 

Allen C. Deeter

Dr. Al Deeter died Dec. 20, 2013.

Professor emeritus of religion and philosophy. B.A., Manchester University, 1953; B.D. Bethany Theological Seminary, 1956; M.A., Princeton University, 1958; Ph.D., 1963.

Al taught at Manchester from 1959 to 2000, and during this time served as the BCA director as well as the Peace Studies director. After his retirement, he continued teaching two of his favorite courses (on Asian religions) for many years.

Courses:

  • Confucian and Buddhist Worlds (REL 222)
  • Religions of India (REL 223)
  • (... and many others)

 


 

RogersH. Kendall Rogers [e-mail]
Professor of religion. B.A., Manchester University, 1972; B.A., Mansfield College, Oxford University, 1974; M.A., Harvard University, 1975; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1984.

Professor Rogers began teaching at Manchester University in 1979. After 30 years, Kendall accepted a position as Professor of Historical Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, beginning with the 2008/09 academic year.

Courses:

  • The Christian Faith (REL 111) [syllabus]
  • Brethren Heritage (REL 228) [syllabus]
  • Reformation and Early Modern Christianity (REL 312) [syllabus]
  • Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 330) [syllabus]
  • Contemporary Christian Thought (REL 435) [syllabus]
  • Seminar on Marx (PHIL 385)
  • (... and many others)

 
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