Conversation on the NT: Canonicity and Reliability, Part 3

Wednesday, October 24th, 7:30pm, ECC Room 18.

Dr. Steven Lulich will lead part three of our conversation on the New Testament and the formation of the canon. This week Dr. Lulich will guide an exploration of early church figures such as Origen, Irenaus and Tertullian (follow links for readings) and how the understood and contribute to the formation of the canon.

Audio from past lectures can be found on the Past Lectures page. Also past reading can be found on the blog posts for each lecture.

Audio From Part 2 of Conversation on NT Canonicity and Reliability

NT CONVERSATIONSDr. Steven Lulich led an excellent exploration of the canon as it was developing in the early church. The audio is available to stream or download. To get the most out of this lecture, you may want to open the following documents, as Dr. Lulich works through each one in turn: Timeline, Eusebius Ecclesiastical History (III.24/25), Muratorian Fragment, and Early Canon Lists.

Part Three of the Conversation is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 24th, 7:30pm.

Part Two of Our Conversation on NT Canonicity and Reliability

Wednesday Night, 7:30pm, ECC Room 18.

This Wednesday, we pick up the conversation on New Testament Canonicity and Reliability. Dr. Steven Lulich will be the conversation leader this Wednesday, leading an exploration of the earliest explicit canon lists, including that of the great Early Church historian Eusebius of Caesaraea. Eusebius gives us a wonderful view not only of the books in the canon, but also of the logic behind the Church’s recognition of their canonicity in the decades before the Council of Nicaea and the conversion of Emperor Constantine. If you can, take a few minutes and read through these five pages from Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History.

The audio for part one is available for stream or download.

Chapter’s on NT for discussion.

NT CONVERSATIONSThis coming Wednesday, Bob Whitaker and Steven Lulich will kick off the discussion on the New Testament, wrestling with questions related to canonicity and reliability. Week one, the discussion will revolve around F.F. Bruce’s book, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable. Chapter one and two are available here.

This Wednesday is the first part of a 4-part exploration of these questions and others related to the New Testament.  These conversations will be held on four Wednesday nights (September 26th, October 10 & 24, and November 7) at 7:30 pm, Room 18 at ECC.

Conversation About the New Testament: Canonicity and Reliability

The New TNT CONVERSATIONSestament is the foundational document for the church. But where did it come from? How did the church decide which books would be included in the New Testament and treated as authoritative?  And, how reliable are the documents we have today?

Dr. Bob Whitaker and Dr. Steven Lulich lead a 4-part exploration of these questions and others related to New Testament canonicity and reliability.  These conversations will be held on four Wednesday nights (September 26th, October 10 & 24, and November 7) at 7:30 pm, Room 18 at ECC.

Week one, the discussion will revolve around F.F. Bruce’s book, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable. Chapter one and two are available here.

Thinking About Faith Update

After a freewheeling discussion of Alan Jacob’s essay about Christian public intellectuals, Thinking About Faith will settle in this fall with a slow reading of John Wyatt’s new book, Dying Well. Wyatt is a retired doctor and professor of neonatal pediatrics who has been involved in beginning and end of life government policy in Britain. He is also a theologically astute layman who is convinced that Christians in the affluent West need to think more about death, long before it is impending for us. He draws on the ars moriendi (art of dying) Christian tradition in this short and highly accessible book that raises issues that are important not only for Christians but for the societies in which we live.

The book sells for $15 (chapter one is available here).

We’ll meet next on Wed, Sept 19. Again, you may arrive at 7pm sharp to grab a snack and a drink and chat with others. We will start discussion promptly at 7:15pm. (If you need to arrive after that, please just open the door and walk right in and grab a chair.)

Tentative fall schedule:
  • Sept 19: Intro + Ch.1 + Ch. 2 (2pp.) Dying in the modern world
  • Oct 3: Ch.3 The opportunities that dying well may bring
  • Oct 17: Ch4 The challenges of dying well
  • Oct 31: Ch.6 Learning from the example of Jesus
  • Nov 14: Ch.7 A sure and steadfast hope
  • Nov 28: To Be Determined

Thinking About Faith Discussion Group

Thinking About Faith is a discussion group that is sponsored by TFIU. This term it will meet every other Wednesday 7-8:30pm, starting tomorrow night, Sept. 5th. We discuss short readings at the intersection of Christian faith and culture that are accessible to everyone but that have something thoughtful and provocative to say. Theology, philosophy, history, science, fiction, poetry, art, and cultural reflections are all fair game.
Who’s welcome to join in? Anyone. We have many IU faculty, staff, and grad students with a few non-IU folks and undergrads occasionally sprinkled in. We welcome both people who feel firmly rooted in their faith and their understanding of Christian teaching and those who have doubts and questions to varying degrees. We also welcome people who have distanced themselves from their childhood faith but want to take another look in the company of others who will respect and welcome them as they are. Our hope is to create an environment where people can be honest and open with each other and come to meetings expecting to be challenged in constructive, faith-maturing ways. And, finally, yes, it’s ok to be an irregular attender, and you wouldn’t be the only one!
If you are interested, please contact the host, IU philosophy professor Tim O’Connor (toconnor@indiana.edu), for location and other info.