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 theology, Christian witness and community development, and Calvin and Calvinism. He has research interests in Christian community development, the theology and practice of holistic Christian witness, the authentication of revelation, and the ethics and theology of consumerism. Professor Andres has taken many students to academic and Christian community development conferences and service projects. He serves on the rural/small town committee for the Christian Community Development Association and previously served six years on the Commission on Theology for the Reformed Church in America.
- Christian Witness and Community Development
Christian Witness and Community Development (4 credits) This course is an examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), reasoned defense (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as social action (justice). Students will explore the meaning of the gospel, in the context of a biblical theology of God's holistic plan of redemption, and various models of evangelism, apologetics and justice, especially the model of Christian community development. Prerequisite: REL250 or permission of instructor.
- Calvin and Calvinism
Calvin and Calvinism (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) 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: REL250.
- Topics in Theology
Topics in Theology (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) 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: REL150 and REL250.
- Topics in Christian Community Development
Topics in Christian Community Development (4 credits) This is an interdisciplinary course that will analyze a major topic in
Christian community development related to relocation, reconciliation and
redistribution. There will be significant biblical and theological content
integrated with the given topic. A service learning component, consisting of at
least 20 hours of student engagement in meeting an identified community need,
is required. Students will integrate course materials and various disciplines
with their service learning and any past Christian community development
experiences. Students will also explore questions and issues raised in this
area. This course features the writing and presentation of a major integration
paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research. Prerequisites: REL290
and senior class standing.
- Senior Seminar in Religion
Senior Seminar in Religion (4 credits) 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: REL150, REL250 and senior class standing.
- Christian Story II: Theological Tradition
Christian Story II: Theological Tradition (4 credits) This course presents an overview and orientation to Christian theology
focusing on its formation, content, role in the Christian faith throughout Church
history, and its interpretation of key biblical subjects such as God, Christ,
creation, sin, redemption, church, and new creation. This course completes the
Christian Story sequence and prepares students for a lifetime of critical
thinking and faithful living from a biblical-theological perspective. Students
should complete this course by the end of their fourth semester. Does not
count toward a religion major or minor. Prerequisite: REL150.
Publications and presentations
- “Between Two Gardens: An Organic Salvation for Community Development from the Biblical Narrative,” in Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins, ed.s Charles Marsh, Peter Slade, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel (University Press of Mississippi, 2013).
- "Consumer Theology and the Roots of Environmental Degradation" at Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society - Milwaukee, WI (November 2012).
- “Models for Justice and Evangelism in Christian Witness” at Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society – San Francisco, CA (November 2011).
- "Christian Community Development and the Both-And Gospel: Introducing the Whole Gospel through Evangelism and Social Justice” at Annual Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society – New Orleans, LA (November 2009).
- “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)
- 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