We're thrilled to announce a special pop-up gathering just for our esteemed members featuring none other than the renowned scholar, John Dominic Crossan, in celebration of his 90th birthday!
Free Preview of the Christianity Seminar's Spring Meeting: Healing and Health in Emergent Christianity with Dr. Shirley Paulson
Countering traditional understandings that early Christians were primarily concerned with spiritual salvation, this Conference will take us into an in-depth exploration of healing and health in emergent Christianity.
Join us for an enlightening and thought-provoking journey as we critically explore the topic of divine violence in New Testament texts and Christian traditions, both past and present.
Westar is a member-supported nonprofit organization. We conduct public, collaborative research seminars with academic scholars in the field of religion. Westar investigates issues in the history of Christianity and beyond to inform public discourse on culture, society, and civic life.
As a public-facing organization, we are committed to sharing the results of scholarly research in accessible language through publications, events, and other resources. Westar works in dialogue with the public to foster critical thinking about religion.
The Religious History of Religion by Bernard Brandon Scott
Brandon Scott gives us an insightful history of abortion, how it was understood, and how this issue is shaping Christianity today. Scott unfurls the religious understanding of abortion beginning with Aristotle whose world view of the natural order was informed by a hierarchical and “patriarchal logic.”
Westar began in 1985 when Robert W. Funk invited 30 New Testament scholars to join him in the Jesus Seminar, a collaborative inquiry about the historical Jesus. Since its founding, Westar has held a series of innovative seminars on the origins of Christianity. But Funk’s founding vision was larger than scholarship for its own sake. His aim was to make religious literacy as ubiquitous as reading, writing, and arithmetic.
What does the Bible say about same-sex relationships? Did women have authority in the early Jesus movements? How were gender, sexuality, and morality understood in early Jesus movements? These are critical questions precisely because misrepresentations of Christian texts have shaped and continue to intersect with cultural, social, and political life in the US and throughout the world. Westar exists to pursue an honest and rigorous inquiry into the origins of the Christian tradition.
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