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Grand Rapids, MI Christianity in Conflict: 2nd Century Faith as a Model for...

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Our Savior Lutheran Church

2900 Burton St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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This course will consider the acts of early Christian martyrs and the theology of the second century, including Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, the martyrs of Lyons, Saints Perpetua and Felicitas, Irenaeus of Lyons, and others. Special emphasis will be placed on their relevance for today. As our contemporary American culture progresses toward a pagan worldview, questions of Christian identity become of paramount importance. In this study, we will have the opportunity to consider these questions and benefit from the wisdom of our early Christian fathers as they preached the Gospel in a hostile environment.

Dr. James Bushur

Dr. Bushur joined the faculty in the fall of 2006, specializing in patristics. In May 2017 he was named The Carl and Erna Weinrich Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Church Studies. He also serves as Director of Deaconess Formation at CTSFW.

He received his BA in Biblical Literature from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana (1989), MDiv (1993) and STM (Thesis: “The Flesh of Christ and the Economy of Salvation in the Teaching of St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons,” 1998) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He completed his PhD at the University of Durham, UK, in 2010.

He served as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana (1999-2006), and Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodland, Indiana (1994-1999).

Bushur is a member of the North American Patristics Society.


Reading:

Wilken, Robert. The Christians as the Romans Saw Them, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Bowersock, G. W. Martyrdom & Rome, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Suggested reading:

Bushur, James. Irenaeus of Lyons and the Mosaic of Christ: Preaching Scripture in the Era of Martyrdom. Routledge, London, 2017

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For a more information, please visit the following link. https://www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/continuing-education/grand-rapids-michigan

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