SBL-Westar Institute Public Event
Re-Assessing the Categories of Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Christ Movements of the First Two Centuries: Finishing up its seven-year study of the first two hundred years of Christ movements by March, 2020, Westar Institute’s Christianity Seminar takes on a major re-assessment of what heresy and orthodoxy meant in these two centuries in San Diego. Following the Seminar’s previous important innovations in how to reconfigure gender, Judaism, martyrology, ritual, gnosticism, and category of “Christian;” four leading scholars write papers from different angles on new ways of thinking about difference without a binary approach to categories of heresy and orthodoxy. The 20-some members of the Seminar discuss, debate, and participate in ballots on the topics and papers in three sessions. Seminar member Deborah Niederer Saxon (Butler University) begins the process with discussion of her paper and is followed by visiting scholars Kristine Toft Rosland (University of Agder); Eduard Iricinschi (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum); and Markus Vinzent (Kings College London), in the first two sessions. The evening session has both the Seminar members and guest presenters joining in integration of the four papers into Seminar-wide agreements and differences.
Seminar on God and the Human Future
The Westar Institute’s Seminar on God and the Human Future explores post-theistic problems in theology and raises futuristic questions about theological method and issues. Over the past several years, the seminar has addressed questions like the weakness of God, strategic atheism, anatheism, and the color of God. These past studies have been about the varieties of post-theism.
This year marks the turn of the Seminar to questions about the human future. Interested scholars are invited to observe the sessions and to inquire about involvement.
Polebridge Authors & Books
Religious Literacy Sundays