Dear Socrates Cafe-goers,
Those of you with a curiosity about the historical Jesus may be interested to learn about the work of the "Jesus Seminar." A project of Westar Institute (www.westarinstitute.org), the Jesus Seminar "was organized [in 1985] to discover and report a scholarly consensus on the historical authenticity of the sayings (phase 1) and events (phase 2) attributed to Jesus in the gospels. A third phase of the Jesus Seminar resulted in profiles of Jesus drawn by individual scholars using the the results of the first two phases on the sayings and deeds of Jesus."
"In March 2006, the Jesus Seminar began work on a new description of the emergence of the Jesus traditions through the first two centuries of the common era [C.E.]. In this new phase, the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins, Fellows will develop a new history of early Christianities and Christian writings, employing the methods and techniques pioneered by the original Jesus Seminar on the sayings and deeds of Jesus" (http://www.westarinstitute.org/Seminars/seminars.html)
A "Jesus Seminar on the Road" session is being held in Springfield on May 1-2, provided there is sufficient interest (gauged by number of pre-registrations). You'll find a flier with information about the session, as well as a pre-registration form, at our Meetup site (http://socratescafe.meetup.com/119/)
, under the link "Files."
On a related note, Missouri State University Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies Charles Hedrick, himself a member of the Jesus Seminar, is currently holding a lecture series Sunday mornings at 9:15 at Community Christian Church at 910 W. Battlefield, Suite 100. Each lecture deals with an essay from the anthology When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys
, edited by Prof. Hedrick. You can find out more about this series by visiting Prof. Hedrick's blog at http://www.charleshedrick.com/default.html
Yours in Socrates, :-)