The Emperor and the Bishops: The Politics of Language and Faith in the Fifth-Century Church


Is anybody interested in patristics, the study of the early Christian theologians?

On Wednesday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Thomas Church 5th Avenue, the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York, will give a lecture in which he discusses the complex interaction between politics, religion, and national identities in the Church of the patristic age.

While debating fundamental theological doctrines about Christ, the bishops were also speaking different languages, living in different cultures, and negotiating different relationships with the emperor. (wow!)

The result was a series of heated controversies which nevertheless formed the Christian tradition as we know it today. (Until Dan Brown set us straight, anyway!) The lecture is held in Andrew Hall and a light reception follows.

Shin’s education includes post-graduate work in Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford. I’ll post a link if this lecture will be a web cast. (Currently trying to find out.)