Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Launches Center for Early Christian Studies

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has launched a new center dedicated to the study of the ancient church — the Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies (SCECS).

The seminary has a long history of research and publications in early Christianity, but now it meets with a heightened focus. A new website, special lectures, patristic reading groups, regular graduate and postgraduate seminars, and a group of faculty and students dedicated to researching the early church will all be features of the new initiative.

“In recent years, evangelicalism and early Christianity have been intersecting in new and exciting ways,” said Stephen Presley, the center’s director and associate professor of church history at Southwestern.

“Every month, it seems there are conferences surveying the life and thought of the early church, seminars retrieving early Christian thought or new publications engaging the early Christian world. As an institution, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is uniquely positioned to have an important voice in these conversations.”

Through its website — earlychristianstudies.org — the center “aims to facilitate concentrated research and teaching in early Christianity that recovers important theological voices of the past,” Presley said.

“This website will be a clearinghouse for patristics resources,” he said. “The features of the website will include discussions of current research in patristics, news about events and conferences related to the early church, regular updates about resources for early Christian studies, interviews and lectures on topics related to the study of the early church, and much more.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Alex Sibley

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