Philosophy at the Roots of Christianity

August 2005, at the University of Copenhagen. On philosophy and earliest Christianity, theoretical issues and the Gospel of Mark and John and the Letter to the Hebrews. International Seminar with invited speakers: Professor Dale B. Martin, Yale University, Dr George Boys-Stones, Durham University, England, and Prof. Loveday Alexander, Sheffield University, England. Network teacher exchange: Professor Halvor Moxnes.

Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Context, 6. - 8. June 2005:
 

at the University of Copenhagen. On philosophy and earliest Christianity, theoretical issues and the Gospel of Mark and John and the Letter to the Hebrews.
International Seminar with invited speakers: Professor Dale B. Martin, Yale University, Dr George Boys-Stones, Durham University, England, and Prof. Loveday Alexander, Sheffield University, England.
Network teacher exchange: Professor Halvor Moxnes.

Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Context (NordForsk) also Philosophy at the Roots of Christianity (FKK)


Seminar I, 6-7 June: Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Context

Dale B. Martin, Inventing Superstition
Professor Dale B. Martin, Yale University, is coming to Copenhagen to discuss his new book, Inventing Superstition, Harvard UP, fall 2004. The book is a comprehensive study (243 small pages of elegantly written and incisive text) of the understanding of religion and "superstition" in the Graeco-Roman world as a whole, ranging from the Hippocratics, Plato, Aristotle and Theophrastus, over Plutarch, Galen and Celsus to Christianity (Origen and Eusebius).

 

Monday 6 June

  • 09:00-12:00 Introduction to the new NordForsk network on "Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Context" by Halvor Moxnes (Prof., Oslo University)
  • Presentation by Dale B. Martin of the hermeneutics underlying Inventing Superstition
  • Discussion by chapters of Inventing Superstition on the basis of 10 minute presentations by Nordic PhD students and postdoc researchers of each chapter (main points in the overall argument; issues to be discussed)
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-16/17:00 Continued discussion of Inventing Superstition

Tuesday 7 June

  • 09:00-12:00 Presentation and discussion of four Nordic PhD projects in early Christianity and contemporary religion
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-16/17:00 General response by Dale B. Martin to criticism of Inventing Superstition and methodological issues raised by the PhD projects

The seminar is open for participation by interested students and teachers from the various disciplines covered by the topic: religion, early Christianity, ancient philosophy, classics etc.
Place: The Faculty of Theology, Copenhagen University, Købmagergade 46, 2nd floor, Aud. 8.

 

Seminar II, 8 June: The Social Location of Philosophy in the Ancient World

Four international capacities, Dr George Boys-Stones (Durham University, England), Prof. Halvor Moxnes (Oslo University), Prof. Dale B. Martin (Yale University) and Prof. Loveday Alexander (Sheffield University, England), will contribute to a brain storm on the social location of philosophy in the ancient world and the relationship between philosophy and early Christianity.

 

Wednesday 8 June

  • 09:00-10:30 George Boys-Stones, 30 min. paper + discussion
  • 10:30-12:00 Halvor Moxnes, 30 min. paper + discussion
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:30 Dale B. Martin, 30 min. paper + discussion
  • 14:30-16:00 Loveday Alexander, 30 min. paper + discussion

The seminar is open for participation by interested students and teachers from the various disciplines covered by the topic: religion, early Christianity, ancient philosophy, classics etc.
Place: The Faculty of Theology, Copenhagen University, Købmagergade 46, 2nd floor, Aud. 8.
Both seminars are convened by Prof. Troels Engberg-Pedersen and Assoc. Prof. Henrik Tronier

 

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