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).
Early Christian Seminars
November 6, 2014 5:15 p.m. 131 Marist Hall
Ky Heinze, (Early Christian Studies)
"Reinterpretation and Demonization of Sacrifice in the Imperial Era."
November 20, 2014, 5:15 p.m. 131 Marist Hall
Joshua Gonnerman, (School of Theology and Religious Studies)
“Platonism and Grace in Augustine.”
(Early Christian Seminars are by invitation only)
A special note of congratulations goes out to two members of WARBLS, who were awarded the Graduate Student Paper Prize at the North American Patristics Society.Sean Moberg was recognized for his paper, "Contemplation of Death in the Apophthegmata Patrum." Karen Carducci was also recognized for her paper, "A Theology of Money in theHomilies of Caesarius of Arles."
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 the public. Please refer to our Current Events link for a listing of the current seminars slated for the Spring Semester!