“Unlike ancient readers, when we consider the story of Jesus's birth to a virgin we do not spontaneously make comparisons with the births of Plato or Pythagoras or Augustus."
—Robert J. Miller from Born Divine.

For more details, see Events

God Seminar
December 5, 2020
Registration now open
Learn more.

Christmas for Adults
December 9, 2020
with Robert Miller
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The Forgotten Creed
January 6, 2021
with Stephen Patterson
Registration forthcoming

New in Store

Now Available

  • Getting Behind Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History
  • Historical Jesus and the Liturgy of the Magdalene

See On Demand Events in the Westar Store

Welcome to Westar Institute

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Home of the Jesus Seminar, Westar is dedicated to:

  • communicating cutting-edge scholarship on the history and evolution of the Christian tradition to the public
  • raising the level of public discourse about questions that matter in society and culture.


  • Two upcoming learning events: Robert Miller on December 9 and Stephen Patterson on January 6.
  • Enhanced Associate, Praxis Plus, and Scholars Plus Members now have access to the Westar Archive.
  • NEW in Westar online store Christianity Seminar meeting, "Getting Behind Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History."
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