Athanasius on the Image of God

By Brian Burns Every year since 1982, the English department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. To win, an entrant must compose “the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels”.[1] The contest is named f... Read More »

New Database on Paul and Patristics

The Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford recently published a new database on the use of Pauline writings in the Church Fathers. The initial findings of this research project were published in The Pauline Effect: Early Christian Use of ... Read More »

New video: Coffee and Patristics with Michael Svigel

For those who weren’t able to attend the third annual Coffee and Patristics event last week, below is the video of the conversation. This year, Michael Svigel, Department Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, joined u... Read More »

Coffee and Patristics: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Svigel

The Center for Early Christian Studies is pleased to announce an upcoming event: Coffee and Patristics: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Svigel Date: Thursday, February, 22 Place: Williams room (second floor of the Naylor student center, across from Seelig) Tim... Read More »

Second Century Seminar Recap – Spring 2018

Last night faculty and students from academic institutions all over Texas gathered for the first Spring meeting of the Second Century Seminar (for more information about the seminar see here). Hosted at the University of Dallas, the participants listened to an... Read More »

Paige Patterson on location in Nicaea and Nyssa

Interested in a quick introduction to some of the theological controversies of the early church? Below we have a few videos featuring Southwestern President Paige Patterson that summarize some of the important Christological debates of the early church. Each ... Read More »

Second Century Seminar Meetings – Spring 2018

This spring the Second Century Seminar –also known as the Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity– will host two meetings at the University of Dallas. This seminar is one of the longest-running regional patristic seminars in the c... Read More »

Some Resources for Researching in Early Christianity

In my seminary courses in church history, students often ask, “What are the best resources for studying the early church?” Many want to get started reading and researching the church fathers, but don’t know where to begin. So below I’ve gat... Read More »

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 »