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Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Attending: Yale University for Master of Arts in Religion
Acknowledgement to Mentors:
"I would like to thank Dr. Bazemore and Dr. Kenney for their awesome contribution to my career as an undergraduate. They both invested themselves in me and instilled in me skills preparing me for graduate school. I thank both of them for taking time to meet with me, critiquing my research papers and encouraging me regarding my present and future success. I know that both of my mentors went out of their way at times, but still were willing vessels in helping me in my academic pursuits. I know I asked a lot of questions about graduate school, having an academic career, teaching, etc., but they answered honestly and sincerely. Also, I thank them for writing letters of recommendation for the graduate schools to which I applied. Thank you very much for all of your help."
Anthony Austin-Walker is a History & Humanities major with minors in Africana Studies, German and French, who thoroughly enjoys the study of Ancient History as well as African American History. His research includes a cross comparative study of slavery in ancient Greece and ancient Rome and rites and rituals in Christian antiquity. With a passion for the ancient world, Anthony intends to pursue his Ph.D. in New Testament/Christian Origins. His goal after obtaining his Ph.D. is to teach at a university.
Dr. Georgia Bazemore, Jeffers R. Chertok, Professsor, Department of History, EWU
Dr. Garrett Kenney, Associate Professor, English/Religious Studies, EWU
2011 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Slave Life Cycles: Comparing Slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome
2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Baptism, Divine Healing, and Demonic Expulsion in Pre-Nicene Christianity
Austin-Walker, Anthony (Garrett Kenney), English/Religious Studies, Eastern Washington University, Washington
Christian teaching on baptism, from its early days until the present, has forced baptism into the seat of controversy. Within the school of theological thought and biblical criticism, scholars have taken various approaches and stances regarding the original baptismal praxis of early Christians while arguing a variety of points. Much of early Christian literature and biblical works contain references to use of the name 'Jesus' in some manner or as an invocation during the baptismal ceremony. Not only was the name 'Jesus' used in relation to baptism, but also in the rites of healing and demonic expulsion (i.e., exorcism). This research furthers the discussion by examining the early evidence from biblical, apocryphal, pseudepigraphical and other historical sources regarding these topics. This specified research focuses on several distinct components: 1) the records of baptism, exorcism and miraculous healing claims in ancient sources and the various creedal 'formulas' mentioned, 2) a discussion of the exalted status that the name of Jesus was elevated to in early Christianity, 3) How this exaltation applied and led to the use of the name 'Jesus' in these rites.