Religion for Life Radio Interview: Acts and Christian Beginnings

Is the Book of Acts in the New Testament history or myth? Westar Associate and radio host John Shuck took up that question with the two co-chairs of the Acts Seminar, Joseph Tyson and Dennis Smith in a two-part radio interview on his program Religion for Life. This week John spoke with Dr. Tyson of Southern Methodist University about his take on Acts and the Acts Seminar. You can listen to a podcast of the conversation below:

 

Weekly Reading: Embracing the Human Jesus

“The problem … is what to do with a Jesus who was human like anyone else.”
—David Galston, Embracing the Human Jesus

Join this hosted reading on the Westar blog of David Galston’s recent book Embracing the Human Jesus: A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity (Polebridge, 2012). The Seminar on God and Human Futures will convene its opening session at Westar’s Fall 2014 national meeting in San Diego, California. Galston is the chair of the new seminar, and his book provides an overview of changing human ideas about God along with ideas for how to put that into practice. You can join the conversation by sharing your own responses to each chapter of the book in the comments section.

» Read the first installment

 

Summer Book Sale from Polebridge Press

Reimagining God, by Lloyd Geering

Looking for some fresh perspective this summer? From July 1 to 31, you can get these $5 deals including books on the historical Jesus, religion and ecology, religion in the media, and more. Plus, get 30% off the retail price of all other books, including pre-orders of forthcoming books Reimagining God by Lloyd Geering (Nov 2014), and Shadow on the Moon, a children’s book written by Char Matejovsky and illustrated by Robaire Ream (Sept 2014). Don’t forget your copy of the newly released Fabricating Faith by Richard Hagenston!

 
 

The Significance of Westar@AAR/SBL

Over the past several months, Westar has engaged in a series of negotiations that may make it possible for us to meet with the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion on a regular basis. The decision to meet concurrently with the AAR/SBL is important for many reasons. Above all, it provides Westar with a much larger venue for its work and makes it easier for scholars to attend both conferences. But it also has symbolic significance: it closes the scholarly circle for Westar Founder Bob Funk and other Westar Fellows. Before Funk established the Jesus Seminar in 1985, he played a major role in democratizing the SBL and founding the AAR. Bringing Westar together with those learned societies consolidates Funk’s legacy as a moving force in the effort to promote cutting-edge biblical scholarship on issues that matter in the larger culture. Continue reading

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Sponsor a Jesus Seminar on the Road

Have you been wanting to attend a Jesus Seminar on the Road but have never encountered one in your area? Why not sponsor one?

Westar’s popular Jesus Seminars on the Road (JSOR) program forms the core of its public outreach. Every year, teams of Fellows—professors from accredited universities who are skilled at communicating with a general public—visit more than twenty communities across North America. We would like to visit more.

Hear what hosts had to say about their Spring 2014 JSORs:

  • The program was outstanding … even better than the fantastic program we had last year.
  • The Seminar was the best ever!  It truly was remarkable.

Intrigued? We will provide support to guide you through from start to finish.

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Westar Appoints New Academic Director

David Galston

Westar Institute has appointed a new Academic Director. David Galston is a University Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is the author of two books, Archives and the Event of God (McGill-Queens Press, 2010) and Embracing the Human Jesus (Polebridge Press, 2012). He holds a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg, a M.Div. from Vancouver School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from McGill University. As Academic Director David will work cooperatively with Westar seminars, help recruit scholars, participate in conference planning, and assist the development of on-line education.