The CENTER for the STUDY of
1. To foster an interdisciplinary approach to the study of early Christianity across the whole University.
2. To provide spaces and resources, and to create regular and special events, that will help all faculty and graduate students in the field, from whatever School or Department, to share their interests and enthusiasms, build on what they have achieved, and develop new ideas and projects.
Our Three Guiding Principles
1. We believe that the development of early Christianity has to be studied in its social, political, and cultural context.
2. We emphasize the importance of the ancient languages of the early Christian era - Greek especially, but also Latin, Syriac, and Coptic (along with several other languages of the Christian Orient).
3. We aim to develop within each student the skills proper to a range of disciplines and methodologies.
Applying the Principles in Practice
Regular seminars bring together invited speakers from outside the university, all graduates working on early Christian topics, and faculty teaching and researching in the same field.
The History of the Center
Research in the field is now conducted in the Schools of Theology and Religious Studies, of Philosophy, and of Arts and Sciences (Departments of Greek and Latin, History, and Semitic Languages and Literatures).
~ NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS ~
Picturing and Honoring Mary lecture series at NMWA
Although the Center is not directly involved in the lecture series being given as a part of the Picturing Mary project, faculty who work closely with the Center, however, are being featured and include: Rev. Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Dr. Robin Darling Young, and Dr. Ian Boxall.
For additional information and details, please click here.
~ SPRING EVENTS ~
EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS:
Alex Poulos (Greek and Latin)
"Cynicism in the Poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus;" and "The newly discovered homilies of Origen of Alexandria" [Dinner Discussion].
Edward Naumann (Greek and Latin)
"Augustine and the Damnation of Baptized Infants."
Seminars are restricted to invited guests and members of the ECS/CUA community. For inquiries, please contact the administrator at Lastrapes@cua.edu.
The Center for the Study of Early Christianity offers a variety of seminars and lectures throughout the academic term, many of which are open to the public. Please refer to our Current Events link for a listing of the current seminars slated for the Spring Semester.
All inquiries from students and researchers are welcome.