Lecture: Christianity and Greek Paideia

Seventeenth Annual Hellenic Lecture, by Revd Dr Richard Price

Moore Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, 6.15pm, 7 March 2019

Did Jewish Christianity and Greek culture have much in common? Or was Christianity the product of a distinctively Jewish culture, which, on entering the Greco-Roman world, had to be translated into the concepts of Greek paideia (education and culture)? If so, does it need to be ‘de-hellenized’ in order to speak to our own post-classical world? This debate has died down in the context of contemporary eclecticism, which views the Hellenic inheritance as something to be plundered, or ignored, at will. Is the study of ancient Greek culture an aid, a distraction, or a hindrance in the quest for a Christianity at once faithful to its biblical roots and relevant in today’s world? These questions will be explored by Revd Dr Richard Price, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London, and RHUL Honorary Research Fellow.

The lecture will be followed by drinks in the Moore Building Foyer. All welcome, free admission but booking essential at ch.dendrinos@royalholloway.ac.uk

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