Michael Andres 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, Christian 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. 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 Story II: Theological Tradition
This course presents an overview and orientation to Christian theologyfocusing on its formation, content, role in the Christian faith throughoutChurch history, and its interpretation of key biblical subjects such as God,Christ, creation, sin, redemption, church, and new creation. This coursecompletes the Christian Story sequence and prepares students for a lifetimeof critical thinking and faithful living from a biblical-theologicalperspective. Students should complete this course by the end of their fourthsemester. Note: Does not count toward a religion major or minor. Prerequisite: REL150. (4 credits)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Topics in Christian Community Development
This is an interdisciplinary course that will analyze a major topic inChristian community development related to relocation, reconciliation andredistribution. There will be significant biblical and theological contentintegrated with the given topic. A service learning component, consisting ofat least 20 hours of student engagement in meeting an identified communityneed, is required. Students will integrate course materials and variousdisciplines with their service learning and any past Christian communitydevelopment experiences. Students will also explore questions and issuesraised in this area. This course features the writing and presentation of amajor integration paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research. Prerequisites: REL290 and senior class standing. (4 credits)
- 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)
“Apologetics in an Age of Authenticity,” Rochester L’Abri Conference – Rochester, MN (February 2016)
“Redeeming the Bound & Reconciling the Separated: Theology and Practice” at Christian Community Development Association National Conference – Raleigh-Durham, NC (September 2014) with Rahn Franklin
“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).
“Kaufman vs. Marx?: Alienation, Re-presentation, and the Commodification of Theology” – American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 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).
Visiting Lecturer, University of Surrey Roehampton, London, England
Lecturer, Monkfield College, Lincolnshire, England
American Academy of Religion
Christian Community Development Association
Evangelical Theological Society
Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Endowed Religion Professorship
Northwestern Scholarship Grant
Lilly Faculty Fellows Grant
British and Foreign Bible Society Research Grant