Dr. Jed Atkins, Duke University
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014
A longstanding thesis holds that key aspects of early Christian thought were appropriated from Greek philosophy. Historians of early Christianity have debated (a) the extent to which this idea, sometimes called “the Hellenization of Christianity”, pertains to the development of early Christian religious practices and institutions; however, they have generally recognized (b) that Greek philosophy shaped the early Christian intellectual and philosophical tradition. During our time together, I hope to accomplish two things: first, I want to explore further the “Hellenization of Christianity” with special attention to contemporary views about what (if anything) is at stake with this question; second, through a series of brief case studies in the Christian intellectual/philosophical tradition, Dr. Atkins suggests that we might better describe (at least some aspects of) the development of this tradition as “the Christianization of Hellenism.”
Jed Atkins, who has joined the Duke Classics faculty as an Assistant Professor, is the recent recipient of a PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses mainly on Greek and Roman political thought and ethics. In addition, he works on the modern reception of ancient philosophy and the relationship between Greco-Roman philosophy and early Christian moral and political thought. Professor Atkins is especially interested in Roman philosophy, and much of his research has focused on Cicero’s political philosophy. His book, Cicero on Politics and the Limits of Reason, examines the political philosophy of Cicero's Republic and Laws. He has also written on such topics as conscience in later Greek philosophy, the reception of Cicero's natural right teaching in eighteenth century political thought, St. Ambrose's De officiis, and the relationship between constitution and empire in Roman political thought. He is currently working on Cicero’s De officiis and a book-length study of republicanism in Roman political thought.
Graduate Christian Fellowship Roundtable
Featuring Dr. Roald Hoffman (Cornell) and Dr. Praveen Sethupathy (University of NC, Chapel Hill)
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
About the Veritas Forum:
Where does morality come from? Isn't science rapidly approaching a complete explanation of nature? Do you ever have doubts about your worldview? Where can I find meaning and fulfillment?
College students around the world are asking themselves and their friends these questions, but there is often no real place to explore these questions alongside brilliant faculty and leading thinkers.
Veritas Forums are events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life's hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.
Veritas Forums are created and hosted by campus student organizations, connected to a network of 70 campuses nationwide, and supported by the national Veritas Forum team.
About the Presenters:
Praveen Sethupathy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs a research laboratory focused on the genetics/genomics of complex human diseases. Praveen received his B.A. in Computer Science, his Ph.D. in Genomics and Computational Biology, and he continued his training as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Francis S. Collins at the National Institutes of Health. Praveen was recently selected by Genome Technology as one of the nation’s top 25 rising young investigators in genomics.