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Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies

Southwestern Seminary is excited to announce the launch of the Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies (SCECS). The study of the early church is a rapidly developing field of research with new studies and publications coming out every year.

As an institution, Southwestern Seminary is uniquely positioned to contribute to this conversation and this new initiative will help facilitate concentrated research and teaching that recovers the significant theological voices of the early church.

Purpose of the SCECS

The purpose of the SCECS is to support the mission, vision, and values of Southwestern Seminary through committed research, teaching, and publication in the field of early Christian studies. The center will seek out ways to gather together groups of students and scholars to study of ancient church. The center will also assist students and pastors in becoming more historically, Biblically, and theologically informed.

Resources and Research Areas

The SCECS will accomplish its purpose through a combination of special lectures, academic conferences, study groups, and website. The presence of the center will create  a collaborative research environment for any graduate students, postgraduate students, and faculty interested in patristics.

The faculty of SWBTS have a range of academic specialties that can support any number of research projects in early Christianity including various doctrinal, hermeneutical, archeological, cultural/historical, and philosophical topics (see here for list of faculty with research interests and specializations)

Students, Pastors, and the Church

The launch of the SCECS positions Southwestern Seminary as an excellent place to study the early church in preparation for ministry. The center aims to facilitate a collaborative research environment that prepares students and ministers to make important contributions to the field of early Christian studies. At the same time, the center will continue to support the church through providing resources for pastors and lay people that want to learn more about early Christian thought and life.