Not necessarily a classic reared theologian, but certainly one of the great prophetic and retrospective minds of our current time. Cornel West is someone we need to tune into when seeing our faith in today’s culture. There is a whole lot crammed in this little interview you will need to watch more than once.
Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152)
How did a small group following an apocalyptic prophet in Palestine become Christianity – what is now called a “world religion”? This small movement saw many changes in the second, third, and fourth centuries, from the development of different sects, philosophical theologies, and martyrology, to the rise of monasticism, and finally to the ascension of Constantine to the throne and the Christian Roman Empire. It was not until the nineteenth century, however, that the term “world religion” came to be used and Christianity was categorized as such.
00:00 – Chapter 1. Christianity in the Second Century: Gnostics, Philosophers, Martyrs, and Apologists
20:26 – Chapter 2. Christianity in the Third Century: Asceticism, Monasticism, and Persecution
26:20 – Chapter 3. Christianity in the Fourth Century: Constantine and the Church Councils
30:36 – Chapter 4. Christianity as a “World Religion”
36:36 – Chapter 5. The Growth of Christianity before Constantine and Q&A
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses
This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
With all this talk about Jesus having a wife this week. Why not bring up the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has revolutionized our picture of the early history of Judaism and of the Jewish background of early Christianity. With the completion of the publication of the entire scrolls collection, it is now possible to draw significant conclusions from this treasure trove of ancient documents. This illustrated lecture by Professor Lawrence Schiffman will discuss the discovery of the scrolls, the archaeology of Qumran where the scrolls were unearthed, the nature of the library, and its significance for the study of Judaism, Christianity and their common destiny. Series: Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies [1/2003] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7032]
I like Doug, I do. We’ve met, chatted, shared a meal. He frames things in ways that my simple brain can help map. So a Doug & Bruce Epperly chat on Process Theology is a great Friday digest. So what is Process Theology? Well, you will have to tune in the find out.
The book that Doug mentions, Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) is available on Amazon, but doesn’t come cheap if you want it in hardback.
Since you were all into this when the “commercial break” came along. Here is part 2.
Process Theology with Bruce Epperly – Doug Pagitt Radio – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/doug-pagitt-radio