Upcoming Events

National Meeting
Mar 18-21, 2020
Jesus Seminar on the Road
Apr 3-4, 2020
Jesus Seminar on the Road
Apr 24-25, 2020
Jesus Seminar on the Road
May 1-2, 2020

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Honest scholarship in religion for the public

Westar Institute — home of the Jesus Seminar — is dedicated to fostering and communicating the results of cutting-edge scholarship on the history and evolution of the Christian tradition, thereby raising the level of public discourse about questions that matter in society and culture.

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Westar’ Christianity Seminar aims to rewrite the history of early Christianity. Now, as the Seminar’s work of research, dialogue, and debate enters its second phase, Westar scholars will look at the history and practices of what came to be known as the “early church” — but in actuality was many disparate movements trying to understand and adapt the teachings [...]