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Robert Louis Wilken Lectured on the Christian Intellectual Life
Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, spoke on “St. Augustine, The Confessions, and the Christian Intellectual Life” at Pepperdine University on Jan. 11.
Wilken is the past president of the American Academy of Religion and the North American Patristics Society and is well known for his pioneering work in the social and intellectual history of the early church. He is the author of ten books including, The Land Called Holy: Palestine in Christian History and Thought, The Christians as the Romans Saw Them, Judaism and the Early Christian Mind, and The Myth of Christian Beginnings. His most recent work, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God, provides a fascinating look at the thinking of early Christian writers such as Celsus, Origen, St. Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa.
The lecture was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean of Seaver College, the Great Books Colloquium, Seaver College’s Religion Division, Humanities and Teacher Education Division and the Center for Faith and Learning.