Jason BeDuhn on The Secret History of Early Christianity

Professor Jason BeDuhn (Northern Arizona University) delivered the 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Lecture at Indiana University Department of Religious Studies on October 16, 2015. The lecture was entitled “The Secret History of Early Christianity: Jesus – Paul – Marcion – Mani – Augustine.” 

This talk surveys the rapidly shifting picture of early Christianity, and how it is reflected in the contributions of Dr. BeDuhn to the field since he completed IU’s first Ph.D. in Religious Studies twenty years ago. Through these recent developments, the historical study of Christianity may finally be escaping the grip of assumptions shaped by the normative tradition of triumphant orthodoxy.

The lecture commences at 8:20.

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Marriage in Biblical and Christian Perspective

A day conference at St Matthew’s Westminster on January 25, 2014 examined the concept of marriage in biblical and historical perspective. The conference was organized by Affirming Catholicism. The audio of each talk at the conference is available on YouTube.

Professor Jorunn Økland (Centre for Gender Studies, Oslo)
Paul, marriage and the New Testament

Dr Cally Hammond (Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
Augustine and early church understandings of marriage

Dr Hannah Cleugh (University College, Durham)
Marriage, the Reformation and the BCP

Dr Jeremy Morris (King’s College Cambridge)
Marriage and the Church of England in the nineteenth century

Dr Iain McLean (Nuffield College, Oxford)
Establishment, politics and same-sex marriage after the Pilling Report

Marriage has been much in the news recently. Some are adamant that the Christian ideal of marriage is and can only be between one man and one woman, providing the proper context in which children are conceived and raised. Others understand deep committed relationships to be God-given and marriage-like, regardless of whether they are between a man and a woman, two women, or two men.

Our conference held on Saturday 25 January 2014 at St Matthew’s House Westminster offered an opportunity to consider how marriage is presented in Scripture and how it has been framed through Christian history, and to explore the Church of England’s current position on marriage and same-sex relationships.

Margaret Mitchell: Two Hypocrites founded Christianity (Peter and Paul)?

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Professor Margaret M. Mitchell (Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago) gives a lecture entitled “Peter’s ‘Hypocrisy’ and Paul’s: Two ‘Hypocrites’ at the Foundation of Christianity”, delivered on September 12, 2011 at The University of Texas at Austin.

In an infamous passage in his Letter to the Galatians (2:11-14), Paul called out Peter as a ‘hypocrite.’ This passage, especially when read in light of Paul’s own appeal to himself as ‘all things to all people’ in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, was to cause deep trouble for later Christian interpreters, who sought to defend their movement against charges from outsiders that it had a cracked and unstable foundation in dual ‘hypocrites.’ This lecture will introduce this ‘pagan’ critique and the cultural force it had, and the various solutions to the inherited dilemma from their scriptures that were offered by patristic authors (Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Jerome and Augustine). In light of this context, turn to a sustained analysis of an untranslated homily by John Chrysostom, hom. in Gal 2:11 (In faciem ei restiti), which addresses not just the hypocrisy of Peter and Paul, but also the sticky problem of the hypocrisy of the Christian who reads this text approvingly as Paul’s “in your face” to Peter. As we shall see, Chrysostom does this by engaging in a convoluted pretense of his own.

The lecture is available in mp3 audio format.

Paula Fredricksen: Paul and Augustine on the Redemption of the Jews

On University of California Television, Professor Paula Fredricksen compares the views of Paul and Augustine on the divine redemption of Jews. The 2009 lecture was sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies. Fredricksen discusses some of the content of her book Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (Yale University Press, 2009).

Paula Fredriksen, author and Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston University sheds new light on the origins of anti-Semitism and opens a path toward better understanding between two of the world’s great religions. She focuses in particular on the vast change from Paul to Augustine in the Christian message of Jewish redemption.