EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS
"AFTER THE APOSTLES"
@ SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
FIVE EARLY CHRISTIAN SEMINARS
"AFTER THE APOSTLES"
JAN. 22 thru FEB. 19, 2014 | 6:45 PM ~ 8:45 PM
SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES - S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW | Washington, DC 20036
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LECTURER: Prof. John M. Freymann, history professor.
Christianity was still in its infancy at the end of the first century and faced an uncertain future. The last of Jesus’ disciples had died and the emerging religion had yet to take root and define itself. The next 400 years were especially crucial in the development of Christianity’s beliefs and organization.
John M. Freymann, deputy director of the division of humanities and social sciences at the U.S. Naval Academy and a professor of history, traces the shifts in Christianity from a fringe sect to a world religion; from a loosely organized movement to a highly centralized church; and from a relatively simple to a complex system of beliefs and practices.
SEMINARS SCHEDULE in JANUARY/FEBRUARY
JANUARY 22 @ 6:45 pm - FROM PERSECUTED SECT TO IMPERIAL RELIGION
Christianity ca. 100 A.D.; tensions with Judaism and Roman and Hellenistic cultures; persecution and martyrdom; Constantine to Theodosius.
JANUARY 29 @ 6:45 pm - EARLY CHRISTIAN THOUGHT AND PRACTICE
The interplay of faith and reason; emerging questions about the ecclesia; early Christian ideas.
FEBRUARY 5 @ 6:45 pm - ISSUES OF AUTHORITY: DEALING WITH VARIETY
Challenges from within: Gnostics, Marcion, Montanus; development of the episcopacy and canon; conflicts of orthodoxy and heresy.
FEBRUARY 12 @ 6:45 pm - CONTROVERSIES, COUNCILS, AND CREEDS
The Trinitartian and Christological controversies and their aftermath.
FEBRUARY 19 @ 6:45 pm - MONASTICISM AND THEOLOGY IN LATE ANTIQUITY
Christian asceticism; hermits and monks; monastic rules; new theological questions; Augustine.