We meet on intermittent Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 in the Beacon library. There are no prerequisites except an interest in learning and discussing. Everyone is welcome. Please drop by anytime or contact Lessie Culmer-Nier (973-593-0114 or email@example.com) with any questions.
In April we continue to listen to and discuss lectures from the Great Courses The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity. On April 9 we learn how the early Christian churches developed the hierarchy that ensured an apostolic succession and created the canon that would become the New Testament. We then review the pagan critics Galen and Celsus and four early Christian apologists, namely Justin the Martyr, Theophilus, Minucius Felix, and Tertullian.
On April 23 we learn about the first Christian theologians, notably Clement and Origen. Following that we see how the later 3rd Century suffered wars with Persian and other crises on the frontier. Did this turmoil lead many Romans to turn to Christianity, or were Roman following their traditional religious values and viewing the Christian god as valuable to the emperor?
Our May meetings will be on the 7th and 14th.