Christian Dissertation

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Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA)

Allen, Mark
The Man of God, the Old Prophet and the Word of the Lord: An Exegesis of 1 Kings 13
Director: Gary Anderson

Boesenberg, Dulcinea
Moses in Luke-Acts
Director: Mary Rose D'Angelo

Bruning, Brandon
The Making of the Mishkan: The Old Greek Text of Exodus 35-40 and the Literary History of the Pentateuch
Director: Eugene Ulrich

Buol, Justin
Bishop Martyrs: Authority and Suffering in the Second CE
Director: Candida Moss

Cho, Jaecheon
PHILOROMAIOS-Herod Agrippa II in Josephus and the Acts of Apostles
Director: Greg Sterling

Cover, Michael
Lifting the Veil: 2 Cor 3:7–4:6 in Light of Jewish Homiletic and Commentary Traditions
Director: Greg Sterling

DeJong, David
A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy and Canon in Early Judaism and Christianity
Director: James C. VanderKam

Dru, Josephine
In Light and Shadow of the Whole: How Theodore of Mopsuestia and Jerome of Stridon Read Joel among the Twelve as Scripture
Director: Gary A. Anderson

Edewaard, Ashley
Food As Medicine Of Body And Soul: Clement Of Alexandria's Dietary Prescriptions In The Paedagogus
Directors: Blake Leyerle & Candida Moss

Enemali, Mark
The Danger of Transgression against Divine Presence: the Case of the Ark Narrative (1 Samuel 4-7:1; 2 Samuel 6)
Director: Professor Gary Anderson

Francis, Michael
Ignorance, Intention and the Possibility of Forgiveness: A Study in the Remissibility of Sin in Second Temple and Early Christian Sources
Co-Directors: Gary Anderson and Gregory Sterling

Geist, Andrew John Allen
"He Will Repay Him With Good": The Relationship Between Wealth and Piety in Mesopotamia and Ancient Israel
Director Gary Anderson:

Giambrone, O.P., Anthony
"The One Who Did Mercy": Sacramental Charity and Luke's Economy of Salvation
Director: Gary Anderson

Ghormley, Justus Theodore
Inspired Scribes: The Formation of the Book of Jeremiah and the Vocation of Ancient Jewish Scribal Scholars
Co-Directors: James VanderKam and Eugene Ulrich 

Haley, Kevin
The Reinterpretation of the Psalms of the Individual in Judaism and Christianity
Director: Gary Anderson

Khudher, Sr.Luma
Micah 4-5 and the Message of Salvation of the Eight Century Prophet
Director: James VanderKam

Lee, Brian
"Members of Christ": Reevaluating the Significance of Stoic Language and the Unity of Paul’s Argument in 1 Corinthians
Co-Directors: Gregory Sterling and John Fitzgerald

Massinelli, Georges
"For Your Sake He Became Poor": Ideology and Practice of Gift Exchange between Early Christian Groups
Director: John T. Fitzgerald

Mukasa, Edoth
"Give me understanding and I will study your Law": A Study on Augustine's Enarratio in Psalmum 118
Director: Brian Daley

Noble, Joshua
"A Golden Race Will Arise": Common Property and Empire in the Book of Acts
Director: John Fitzgerald

Palacios, Kristin E.
The Jacob Cycle (Genesis 25-36): Neo-Babylonian Evidence for Its Composition and Its Theological-Political Meaning
Co-Directors: Gary Anderson and Gary Knoppers

Rambau C.S.Sp., Leonce F.
Paul and His Co-Workers: Equality in Pauline Letters
Director: David Aune

Riordan S.J., Joseph
"Blessed are the Eyes that See": The Spiritual Topography of Zion in Tobit 13-14 and Isaiah 60
Director: Gary Anderson

Rowe, Eric
An Analysis of the Labels Used for the Jesus Movement from AD 30 to 225
Director: David Aune

Schreiber, Sarah
The Use of Scripture in the Prologue and Jubilees 1
Director: James VanderKam

Trotter, Jonathan
The Relationship between Diaspora Jews and the Jerusalem Temple during the Second Temple Period
Director:  James VanderKam

Vela, Horacio
The Inner Person: The Transformation of a Platonic Metaphor in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
Director: Gregory Sterling and John Fitzgerald

Wilcoxson, Jonathan P.
Meat in Early Christian Identity
Director: Blake Leyerle

Woodington, J. David
Disbelieving Disciples: Doubt in the Post-Resurrection Scenes of the Four Gospels
Director: John Fitzgerald

Yoder, Joshua
Roman governors in the Apologetic of Luke-Acts
Director: Mary Rose D'Angelo

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History of Christianity (HC)

Abdelsayed, John Paul
Our Great Archpriest: St. Cyril of Alexandria's Approach to the Priesthood of Christ
Director: Brian Daley

Barrett, Brian
The Clothing of Divinity: the Revelatory Function of the Literal Sense in Origen's Exegesis
Co-Directors: Brian Daley and John Cavadini

DeFrancis, James
My Beloved is Mine and I Am His: the Progress of Self-Knowledge in the Spiritual Life According to St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Director: Ann Astell

Dunkle, SJ, Brian
Nocturna Lux Viantibus: The Methods, Meaning, and Mystagogy of Ambrosian Hymnody
Director: Brian Daley

Emerson Hernández, Marco
The Seeds of Creation and New Creation: Thomas Aquinas on the Principles of Natural and Supernatural Generation
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Gaetano, Stephen
Salamancan Thomism in the Defense of Tridentine Soteriology: An Historical and Theological Introduction to Domingo de Soto's De natura et gratia, with a Latin Edition and Annotated Translation of the Text
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Gerdon, Ian
Love in the Evagrian Tradition to Maximus the Confessor
Director: Brian Daley, S.J.

Hahn, Michael S.
Augustine in the Teaching of Thomas: Aquinas's Reception and Use of Contra Faustum Manichaeum
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Hemphill Barrett, Hannah
Thomas Aquinas's Teaching on Sacrifice in the Summa Theologiae
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Horsting, Albertus
S.Prosperi Ex Sententiis S. Augustini Epigrammatum Liber Unus. A Study of Prosper of Aquitaine’s Poetical Synthesis of Augustinian Theology Accompanied by a New Edition, Translation, and Commentary of the Liber Epigrammatum
Co-Directors: John Cavadini and Hildegund Muller

Kaltenbach, Jonathan M.
Christ the Priest in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Klein, Elizabeth
Augustine on Angels
Director: John Cavadini

Kneip, David
The Spirit, the Bible, and the Church: Neglected Aspects of Cyril of Alexandria's Pneumatology
Director: Brian Daley

Komline, Han-luen Kantzer
From Division to Delight: Augustine and the Will
Director: Brian Daley

Lee, James K.
The Church in Transformation: The Recovery of an Augustinian Ecclesiology
Co-Directors: Brian Daley and John Cavadini

Lollar, Joshua
To See into the Life of Things: The Contemplation of Nature in the Ambigua to John of St. Maximus the Confessor
Director: Brian Daley

Mata, Sara Monica
Myth and Mystery: Augustine's First Commentary on Genesis 1-2:3
Director: John Cavadini

McManaway, Joshua
Nestorius Latinus: The Latin Reception and Critique of Nestorius of Constantinople
Director: John C. Cavadini

Murphy, O.S.B. Austin
Saint Augustine and the Inspiration of the Bible
Co-Directors: John Cavadini and Brian Daley

Nickel, Breanna J.
Balthasar Hubmaier's Doctrine of the Will
Director: Randall Zachman

Ondrako, OFMConv., Rev. Edward J.
"Rebuild My Church:" Peter Damian Fehlner's Appropriation and Development of the Ecclesiology and Mariology of Vatican 2
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Petrin, Michael J.

Saved by the God above Every Name: Salvation in the Theology of Gregory of Nyssa

Director: Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Sanders, Aaron
The Rule of Law: The Legitimation, Use and Limitation of Authority in the Politics of St. Robert Bellarmine
Director: Randall Zachman

Sehorn, John
Commentary on Origen of Alexandria's Homilies 1-14 on Ezekiel
Director: John Cavadini

Stefano, Troy
Trinity and History in Franz Anton Staudenmaier
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Stockson, Gilbert
Charity, Reward, and "Mercenary" Intent in Thomas Aquinas and Gabriel Biel
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Wales, Jordan
Secular Sanctity: Gregory the Great on the Christian Life as Sacrifice
Director: John Cavadini

Wang, Xueying
Gregory of Nyssa on the Corporate Nature of the Human Body 
Director: Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Wickes, Jeffrey
Out of Books, A World: The Scriptural Poetics of Ephrem’s Hymns on Faith
Director: Joseph Amar

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Liturgical Studies (LS)

Ángel, Christopher
Ritual and Identity in the California Missions
Co-Directors: Maxwell Johnson and Kimberly Belcher

Anibueze, Mary Reginald 
Eucharistic Communion and Rituals of Communion in Igbo Culture: An Integrative Study of Liturgy, Faith, and Culture
Director: David Fagerberg

Aspesi, Cara Jean
Lucca, Biblioteca Arcivescovile MS 5: A Window on Liturgy and Life in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Twelfth Century
Director: Margot Fassler

Hoden, Mary Margaret
A Visible Manifestation of the Invisible: The Relationship of the Architecture of Salisbury Cathedral and the Liturgy of the Sarum Use
Director: Michael Driscoll

Klee, Richard
"A Temple for Migrants: Second Temple Worship According to Tobit"
Directors: Maxwell Johnson and Gary Knoppers

Mahon, Katharine
"Teach Us to Pray": The Function of the Lord’s Prayer in Catholic and Protestant Practice, c. 1500-c.1650
Director: Maxwell Johnson

Marx, Nathaniel
Via Sacra: The Latin Mass and Personal Formation in a Secular Age
Director: Nathan Mitchell

McCarthy, Sheila
Healing the Body of Christ: Liturgy, Trauma, and the Works of Mercy
Directors: Nathan Mitchell, Ann Astell

Permjakovs, Vitalijs
"And Make it the Place Where Your Glory Dwells": Origins and Evolution of the Byzantine Rite of the Consecration of Churches
Director: Max Johnson

Petrin, Anna Adams
The Egyptian Connection: Egyptian Elements in the Liturgy of Jerusalem Revisited
Director: Maxwell Johnson

Raczka, Rev. Gary Philip
The Lectionaries of Antioch and Constantinople at the Time of John Chrysostom
Director: Max Johnson

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Moral Theology (MT)

Carmona, Victor
Love and Option for the Poor: Reframing the Moral Dimension of the US Immigration Debate
Director: Todd Whitmore

Clark, Adam
Christian Faith and Public Life: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Creation, History, and the Just Community
Director: Gerald McKenny

Clem, Stewart
Truth as a Virtue: A Thomistic Framework for the Ethics of Lying and Truth-telling
Director: Jean Porter

Cuddeback, Lorraine V.
Liberation, Resistance, and Agency in Intellectual Disability: An Ethnographis Study for Christian Ethics
Director: Todd Whitmore

Elliot, David
Rethinking Happiness: the Role of Hope in Virtue Ethics
Director: Jean Porter

Hamilton, Brian
The Politics of Voluntary Poverty: A Critical Franciscan Account.
Director: Jean Porter

Hefelfinger, Scott
Common Goods and the Laws of Nations
Director: Jean Porter

Hirschfeld, Mary
Virtuous Consumption in a Dynamic Economy: A Thomistic Engagement with Neoclassical Economic
Director: Jean Porter  

Iffland, Craig
Following and Not-Following the Divine Law
Director: Jean Porter

Kincaid, Elisabeth Rain
“In a Prudent Way and Without Rashness:” Reclaiming Francisco Suárez’ Theories of Legal Interpretation and Resistance
Director: Jean Porter

Lambelet, Kyle
¡Presente! Political Theology at the Gates of Fort Benning
Director: Gerald McKenny

Lantigua, David
Idolatry and the Rights of Infidels: The Christian Legal Theory of Religious tolerance in Bartolome de las Casas
Director: Jean Porter

Lee, Joungeun
Aquinas's Anger and the Han (恨)-full anger: Thomistic Virtuous Anger with the case of the Han-full anger in South Korean Context
Director: Maura Ryan

MacKay, Kathleen H.
Who Gets to Drink the Water in Lake Michigan: An Analysis of the Relation between the Principles of  Catholic Social Teaching and the Provisions of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement
Director: Jean Porter

Mawson, Michael
The Reality of Christ in the World: Bonhoeffer, Hegel and the Ethical Life
Advisor: Gerald McKenny

Jeffrey Morgan
Self-Knowledge in The Verdict of God: Conscience in the thought of Kant, Kierkegaard and Barth
Director: Gerald McKenny

Scherz, Paul
Technology and Subjectivity in the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre and Michel Foucault
Director: Gerald McKenny

Sikorski, John

Undertaking Death in Charity and Bearing it Bravely:  A Thomistic Ars Moriendi

Director: Jean Porter

Vera, Luis
Tablets of Flesh: Memory, Media, and the Perfection of the Image in Digital Societies
Director: Jean Porter

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Systematic Theology (ST)

Abril, Michael Anthony
The Beginning of the End: Original Sin in View of Karl Rahner and René Girard
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Alonyenu, Matthias
“Salvation in Jesus Coming from God”: Edward Schillebeeckx’s Jesus-Project in the Context of Pluralistic Africa
Director: M. Catherine Hilkert

Altenburger, Michael W.
Hans Urs von Balthasar: Apocalyptic, Politics, and the Church
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Antus, Elizabeth
The Doors of the Soul: A Critical Augustinian Account of Self-Love
Director: Mary Catherine Hilkert

Battin, Steven
Intercommunal Ecclesiology: Re-Imagining the Church as God's Response to Intergroup Disunity
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Castillo, Daniel P.
An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Gustavo Gutiérrez’s Concept of “Integral Liberation” Reinterpreted in View of the Yahwist, the New Jerusalem, and the Human Ecology of Alf Hornborg
Director: J. Matthew Ashley

Ciraulo, Jonathan Martin
The Eucharistic Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar
Director: Cyril O'Regan

DeLorenzo, Leonard J.
"Those Who Hear Will Live": A Theological Explication of the 'Communion of Saints'
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Downing, Andrew
The Problem and Promise of History in the Theology of J. S. Drey
Director: Cyril O’Regan

Drahos, Kristen
Dark Beauty: Toward a Catholic Theological Aesthetic
Director: Cyril O'Regan

DuBois, Heather M.
To Be Fully Alive: John of the Cross and Judith Butler on Transformation of the Self
Director: J. Matthew Ashley

Elliot, Katherine F.
Personal Transformation in the Theology of Gustavo Gutiérrez: Seeds for a Theology of Liberating Vulnerability
Director: Robert Krieg

Feder, Julia
A Mystical-Political Theology of Posttraumatic Healing: Teresa of Avila, Edward Schillebeeckx, and Contemporary Trauma Theology
Director: Mary Catherine Hilkert

Gardner, Patrick X.
Modern Pentecost: Henri de Lubac on Atheism and the Spiritual Posterity of Joachim of Fiore
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Guardado, Leo
Church as Sanctuary: A Preferential Option for the Displaced Poor
Co-Directors: M. Catherine Hilkert and Timothy Matovina

Haw, Christopher
René Girard and Monotheism: the Refusal to Divinize Victims and the Mosaic Distinction
Co-Directors: M. Catherine Hilkert and Cyril O'Regan

Martin, Jennifer
Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Press of Speculative Russian Religious Philosophy
Director: Cyril O’Regan

McLean, Candace
“Do This In Memory of Me”: The Genealogy and Theological Appropriation of Memory in the Work of Johann Baptist Metz
Director: Matthew Ashley

Ngwoke, Rev. Emeke
Newman, Vatican II and the Challenge of Inculturation in Africa: A Study of Catholicism Among the Igbo of Nigeria
Director: Lawrence Cunningham

Peterson, Brandon
Being Salvation: A Reconsideration of Karl Rahner's Christ as Savior
Director: Robert Krieg

Pidel, S.J., Aaron
The Ecclesiology of Erich Przywara
Director: John Betz

Prevot, Andrew
Thinking Prayer: Meditations on Theology, doxology, and Praxis
Director: Cyril O’Regan

Rubbelke, Michael
"'A Constant Closeness to This God': The Experience of God in Karl Rahner's Theology and Its Contributions to Mystical Theology"
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Slattery, John P.
Old Science, New Problems: A Theological Analysis of John Zahm's Attempt to Bridge Evolution and Roman Catholicism
Director: J. Matthew Ashley

Stetler, Emily
Poured Out Like an Offering: Toward an Anthropology of Kenosis
Co-directors: Lawrence Cunningham and Randall Zachman

Thiede, John
The Concept of Martyrdom in the Christology of Jon Sobrino
Director: Matthew Ashley

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World Religions and World Church (WRWC)

Dango, Rufino Enno
Muhammad Asad: Translating and Interpreting the Qur'an Inter-religiously
Director: Gabriel Reynolds

Fitchett Climenhaga, Alison
Reconciling Charisma: Healing, Conflict, and Identity in Catholic Renewalist Movements in Western Uganda
Director: Paul Kollman

Kuiper, Matthew
Indian Muslims, Other Religions, and the Modern Globalization of Da'wa: The Tablighi Jama'at and Islamic Research Foundation
Director: Gabriel Reynolds

Lee O.F.M., Yongho Francis
Bonaventure and Chinul: Christian and Buddhist Models for Integration of the Intellectual and Spiritual Life
Director: Robert M. Gimello

Lindblom, John
"Echoing the Classics" We Jingxiong's Classical Chinese Psalms and New Testament as a Model of Incluturation
Director: Robert Gimello

Longanga, Emery N.
Interpreting a Christian Classic in an African Context. Pluralism and Inculturation in light of David Tracy and Leonard Santedi.
Co-Directors: David A. Clairmont and John C. Cavadini

Nkwocha, Levi
Dialogue of Life Via Hospitality: Toward An Epiphany of the Giftedness of Religious Otherness, in an African Context
Director: Bradley Malkovsky

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018


The Empathy Mitigation: Empathy and its Impact on Pain Perception and Altruistic Motivation, Amanda Daly

Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Usefulness Of Collaborative Family Engagement At CASA Of Montgomery County, Chelsea Bankes


The Relationship Between Hospitalizations and Anxiety and Depression Symptoms in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis, Ronni T. Barker


The Effect of Anxiety and Depression on College Students’ Academic Performance: Exploring Social Support as a Moderator, Katherine H. Bisson


After the Shoe Fits: A Rhetorical Analysis of Four Versions of the Cinderella Narrative, Faith L. Boren


Case Study: Healthy Texas Women program in the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, Saul Francisco Delgado


English Proficiency Associated with the High School Grades of LEP Students in Abilene ISD, Donald A. Dolton


Religious Problem Solving and Methods of Control, Richard Michael Eason


Style Semiotics: The Influence of Levels of Professional Style of Dress on Perceived Competency, Brianna Esparza


The Relationship of Locus of Control and Social Learning on Academic Achievement in a Supplemental Instruction Program, Tina Fleet


Therapy Dogs and the Impact on Employees in the Pediatric Medical Setting, Laine Foith


Evaluation of the Impact of Social Work Services in Rural School Districts, Breanna Heinrich


A Systems Approach to Revenue Fluctuation in Nonprofit Human Service Organizations, Joshua James Hunter


It’s About ‘That Time’ to Break the Cycle: A Rhetorical Analysis of Challenging Menstrual Taboos, Audrey Marie Lamborn


The Effects of Greek Life on Political Participation and Interaction Involvement, Philip Lamborn


Does Homelessness Increase the Risk of Readmission in Acute Care Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Lindsey N. Marek


John the Solitary's Homily on the Poor in Spirit: Edition and Translation, Daniel Robert Marolf


From Blonde to Brutal: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Legally Blonde and How to Get Away With Murder, Jazmine M. Moreno


Self-Efficacy in Offspring of Mentally Ill Parents, Craig M. Motsenbocker


Restoring גלה II from Exile: Discovering the Homonyms Spelled ג-ל-ה by Examining Their Usage in the Hebrew Bible, Josiah D. Peeler


Evidence-based Intervention that Decreases Stress Levels in Teens Who Are Missing School Due to Outside Stressors, Madysen Pennington


Racial Socialization and its Moderating Effects on Microaggressions, Jusiah L. Prowell


Ruminative Exploration in Late Adolescence and its Relationship to Depression, Self-Esteem, and Parental Autonomy Support, Kelsey A. Redmayne


Bound to a Brothel: A Rhetorical Analysis of Institutional and Non-Institutional Anti-Trafficking Training Curriculum and Awareness-Raising Material, Kaylen Runyan


Attachment to God, Locus of Control, and Outcomes in the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, Misty Schoephoerster


The Influence of Stages of Change on the Effectiveness of a Sleep Hygiene Education-Based Intervention, Pablo Soto Jr


Ethnic Student Organization Leaders' Perceptions of Institutional Diversity Efforts at a Predominantly White Faith-Based University, Kholofelo M. Theledi

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Zealous until Death: "Voluntary Martyrdom" and the Martyrs of Lyons, Matthew R. Anderson


‘Untruths and Propaganda’ – Churches of Christ, Darwinism, and the 1985-1986 ACU Evolution Controversy, Paul A. Anthony


The Texts We Play: Avatar Creation and Racial Invisibility in Role-Playing Video Games, Daniel L. Archer


What Are the Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency of Congolese Refugees in Abilene, Texas?, David M. Bayoh


Sensation Seeking and Conscientiousness in Relation to Caffeine Consumption and Expectancy, Cheyenne Bullock


The Lightbringer: A Novel, Brett L. Butler


Substance Use Among College Students: Correlations with Intent to Graduate, Academic Integration, and Social Integration, Cecilia M. Clowdus


Quality of Life Among Young Adults With Spina Bifida, Leah B. Colsch


The Association Between Depression, Spirituality and Religiosity, and Alcohol Use in College Students at a Faith Based University, Kylee M. Craggett


Program Analysis of an Adult Sex Offender (ASO) Treatment Group, Danielle Day


A Systematic Assessment for Potential Compassion Fatigue Among CPS Workers in West Texas, Angela N. Derrick


An Exploratory Study of Campus Ministries Affiliated With Churches of Christ in Ghana, Frank Obeng Essien


Epistemology in the Churches of Christ: An Analysis and Critique of Thomas B. Warren, Derek Estes


The Apocalypse of Pseudo-Ezra: Syriac Edition, English Translation, and Introduction, Laura Locke Estes


Measuring Organizational Climate at the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, Sarah Floyd


A Theory of Associations: An Explanation and Applications to Wagner's Das Rheingold, Parker T. Gordon


A Case Study: The Factors Associated With Student Homelessness, Brittani Hudspeth


Factors Contributing to the Economic Self-Sufficiency of At-Risk Foster Youth Who Have Aged Out of Care, Alexzandra M. Hust


The Relationship of Empathy and Impulsivity to The Dark Tetrad of Personality, Ashlee Justice


The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit and Human Intentionality: A Constructive Proposal, John R. Kern


Optimism Bias in Fitness, Katrielle Marx


The Relationship Between Resilience and Sleep Quality, Tyler S. McCuistion


The Near and Far Transfer Effects of Multimedia Cognitive Training, Alison M. McGinnis


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