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Listen to R.L. Wilken, Free

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology has posted audio of Robert Louis Wilken’s outstanding 2005 address “‘Bread From Both Tables’: Scripture and Tradition in the 21st Century Church.” Dr. Wilken delivered the address as the Center’s inaugural Father Ronald Lawler Memorial Lecture. The dean of American patristic scholars, he is author of many books, including The Spirit of Early Christian Thought. (You’ll find my effusive review of that book here.)

This year’s Lawler Lecturer is another hero of mine, the noted theologian and Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy. Father Weinandy will speak on “St. Athanasius of Alexandria and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit.” His lecture will be the culmination of the Center’s annual Letter & Spirit Conference.

Father Weinandy taught at Oxford University for more than a decade, and he is the author of a dozen books, including The Theology of St. Cyril of Alexandria: A Critical Appreciation. He is the chief doctrinal official with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The theme of this year’s Letter & Spirit Conference is “Love and Sacrifice.” The event will take place October 27-28, 2006, at St. Paul Seminary, near Pittsburgh. Other speakers include:

• Dr. David Fagerberg of Notre Dame, on “Divine Love and the Divine Liturgy.”

Dr. Brant Pitre of Holy Cross College, on “Jesus, the Bridegroom-Messiah.”

• Tim Gray of St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, on “The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving in the Cult of Ancient Israel.”

• And, of course, the Center’s founder, Dr. Scott Hahn.

Registration costs $69 and includes all meals and talks as well as a copy of the Center’s journal, Letter & Spirit. You can register or get more details right here. Scholarships are available for Catholic seminarians. Call (740) 264-9535 for details.

If you can travel to Pittsburgh, you don’t want to miss this conference. And you really can’t beat the price.

One thought on “Listen to R.L. Wilken, Free

  1. That was an interesting little talk. Thanks for pointing to it!

    The weird thing about patristics, though, is that it keeps telling me stuff which is totally new and different — and which I then realize I already kinda knew. Patristics is like going to listen to a great professor, and finding out that it’s all a very learned annotation and explication of my mom’s lectures from when I was eight. So I was just reading about explicit vs. implicit faith in that Mary in the Fathers book I found — and boy, did it make sense to me after reading the Fathers.

    (It’s also really interesting, though disconcerting, to study anything and actually agree with just about everything the author says. I’m so used to fighting the wrong bits of what I’m being taught. But with the Fathers, I very seldom have to do anything but just take it in and learn. It really is like being back in elementary school, for that.)

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