Michael Andres, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion
Ph.D., Kings College, University of London
M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary
B.A., Arizona State University
Dr. Andres teaches systematic theology, philosophical theology, Calvin and Calvinism, and Christian witness. He has research interests in the theology of Christian community development, religious epistemology, theological method, the authentication of revelation, and the ethics and theology of consumerism. Professor Andres has taken many students to academic and Christian community development conferences, as well as on Spring Service Projects. He served for six years on the Commission on Theology for the Reformed Church in America.
- Calvin and Calvinism
Calvin and Calvinism A study of John Calvin's INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, as well as a survey of other varieties of Reformed theology, including later Calvinism. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- Introduction to Biblical Studies
Introduction to Biblical Studies This course is an introduction to the historical, literary and theological aspects of the Bible. The course surveys the central characters and events of biblical history, examines the variety of literary genres found in the Bible, and discusses key theological themes emphasized within the Bible. Students are introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines. The entire Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is covered.(4 credits)
- Introduction to Christian Theology
Introduction to Christian Theology A survey of the major concepts of Christian theology, including the doctrines of Revelation, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things. While taught from a Reformed and evangelical perspective, students will be introduced to a variety of other theological viewpoints and Christian traditions.Prerequisite: REL110.(4 credits)
- Christian Witness and Community Development
Christian Witness and Community Development An examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), as reasoned response (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as the practice of social justice. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits)
- Topics in Theology
Topics in Theology A study of one or more standard areas of theology, (such as the doctrines of Revelation, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things) from a classical as well as a contemporary perspective.Prerequisites: REL110 and 262.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- Senior Seminar in Religion
Senior Seminar in Religion A research seminar in which students will explore contemporary questions and issues in light of the Christian religious and theological tradition. Features the writing and presentation of a major paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research. Prerequisites:REL110, 262 and senior class standing. (4 credits)
Publications and presentations
- “Aslan, Babbette, and the Dark Knight Together: Response to ‘A Discussion on the Atonement,’” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (April 2009).
- “The Filled Hungry and Empty Rich,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (December 2008).
- “Will Evangelicals Teach Them Economic Obedience or Consumer Theology?” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture (Summer 2008).
- “Kaufman vs. Marx?: Alienation, Re-presentation, and the Commodification of Theology” – American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 2009)
- “Commodification and Constructive Theology” at Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, Rhode Island (November 2008)
- “Will Evangelicals Teach Them Economic Obedience or Consumer Theology?” at Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, California (November 2007)
- “How Does Thinking About Things Form The Christian Life?: Consumerism, Theological Method, and Sanctification” at American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting, Omaha, Nebraska(March 2007)
- “Self-Authenticating Revelation” at Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, Texas (November 2004)
- “Self-Authentication, Apologetics, and the Testimonium” at Society of Christian Philosophers Conference, Boulder, Colorado (September 2000)
- Visiting Lecturer, University of Surrey Roehampton, London, England
- Lecturer, Monkfield College, Lincolnshire, England
- American Academy of Religion
- Christian Community Development Association
- Evangelical Theological Society
- Society of Christian Philosophers
- Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Endowed Religion Professorship
- Northwestern Scholarship Grant
- Lilly Faculty Fellows Grant
- British and Foreign Bible Society Research Grant