Athanasius on Scripture

By Brian Burns Writing a blog post about Athanasius of Alexandria is dangerous business. To some, he was a violent political opportunist who made Michael Corleone look like an upstanding citizen. To others, he was a courageous defender of orthodoxy who stood a... Read More »

New Book! Retrieving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church

This week I want to highlight another publication from one of our own, Stefana Laing. I worked with Stefana for several years at Southwestern’s Houston campus and always enjoyed our conversations about the early Church. Recently she published a new book enti... Read More »

NAPS 2017 Recap

The annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, reconnect with old friends, hear interesting papers, and bring home new books. This year was even more joyous and eventful than usual. SouthwesternR... Read More »

New Lecture: Engaging a Theology of Vocation in the Early Church

This past spring, Dr. Stephen Presley delivered a lecture for The Land Center for Cultural Engagement entitled, “Engaging a Theology of Vocation in the Early Church.” In this lecture, Presley paints a picture of life in the early Christian world an... Read More »

New Book: Intertextuality in the Second Century

Southwestern faculty publish regularly, and occasionally, this site will feature announcements about their work. Recently, Brill published a volume entitled, Intertextuality in the Second Century. The volume is co-edited by Jeff Bingham, Southwestern’s D... Read More »

SWBTS Courses in Early Christian Studies – Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Every academic year, Southwestern Seminary offers a range of courses for students interested in early Christianity. Fall 2017 Studies in Early Christianity (CHAHT  4113), taught by Dr. Dongsun Cho This course offers graduate students a thorough introduction... Read More »

Announcement: Lecture on Vocation in the Early Chruch

Announcement: Wednesday, April 5, Dr Presley will deliver a lecture on campus on behalf of Southwestern’s Land Center for Cultural Engagement entitled: “The Theology of Vocation in the Early Church: Reflections on Tertullian, Hippolytus, and Cypria... Read More »

Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity – April 6

On April 6, Jeff Bingham, Southwestern’s Dean of the School of Theology, and Stephen Presley, the director of the SCECS, will present a paper at the Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity entitled: “50 Years in the Second Century... Read More »

Announcing: The Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies

ANNOUNCING: The Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies (, a new center dedicated to the study of the ancient church. Southwestern Seminary has a long track record of research and publications in early Christianity, but now it... Read More »

A Tour of the Church Fathers

The SCECS is only one expression of Southwestern’s commitment to the study of Early Christianity. On March 27 at 11 AM, Southwestern students can join librarians and archivists from Roberts Library for a tour of Southwestern’s archival holdings th... Read More »

Paul Hartog and The Modern Legacy of Tertullian and Lactantius on ‘Religious Liberty’

During winter break 2017, Southwestern Seminary hosted Paul Hartog of Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary as a visiting scholar. Paul is well known for his publications in patristics, but on this occasion, he focused his research on the reception of Tertu... Read More »

Coffee and Patristics: “Why Evangelicals need Patristics” (Jeff Bingham)

In this evening conversation, Dr. Jeff Bingham describes his background in patristics and what he has learned from a career devoted to the study of the Fathers. He frames his interest in the early church within the broader contours of the growing significance ... Read More »