Papatheofanis Lectures

The Papatheofanis Lectures on early Christianity were established in honor of Drs. Frank and Julie Papatheofanis whose vision and sacrifice were principally responsible for the foundation of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies. The lecture is given every Fall.


2016 Papatheofanis Lecture

David Hunter Lecture

Dr. David Hunter, the Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Kentucky, will be giving the 2016 Papatheofanis Lecture on how priests became celibate. The lecture will take place in Blanchard 339 on November 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

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Past Papatheofanis Lectures on Early Christianity

Susan Holman

"And Yet the Books: Patristics in the Footnotes"

Dr. Susan R. Holman
November 5, 2015

Available media: Video

Dr. Lewis Ayres

"Activity and Manifestation: Gregory of Nyssa and Patristic Ecclesiology"

Dr. Lewis Ayres
October 23, 2014

Available media: Audio | Video

Elizabeth Clark

"Rome in the Nineteenth-Century Protestant Imaginary: American Professors, Ancient 'Pagens,' and Early Christianity."

Dr. Elizabeth Clark
November 12, 2013

Available media: Audio | Video

Warren Smith

"Redefining Greatness: Ambrose and the Magnanimous Man"

Dr. J. Warren Smith
October 25, 2012

Available media: Video

Thomas Hopko

"From Shadow to Reality: The Biblical Foundations of Christian Liturgical Worship"

Fr. Thomas Hopko
March 22, 2012

Available media: Audio | Video

L. Edward Phillips

"With all the Company of Heaven: Eucharist and Cosmic Powers in Early Christian Worship"

Dr. L. Edward Phillips
October 20, 2011

Available media: Video

"Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue: What Have We to Learn from One Another?"

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia
February 21, 2011

Available media: Video

Robin Jensen

"Picturing the Divine Trinity: Orthodoxy and Early Christian Art"

Dr. Robin M. Jensen
October 21, 2010

"Why Study Early Christian History and Literature?"

Dr. Everett Ferguson
March 18, 2010

Available media: Audio

"Going Deeper into the Bible: The Church Fathers as Interpreters"

Dr. Robert Louis Wilken
October 30, 2009

Available media: Audio


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