Congratulations to the Lectureship award recipients for 2010-2011: Young Kim, Department of History; Benita Wolters-Fredlund, Department of Music; and Jamie Skillen, Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies.
About the Award
The Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes the scholarly achievements and professional contributions of individual Calvin faculty members. The lecture series aims to share the awardees' work with the faculty as a whole. Each lecture, while open to the public, should promote mutual interest, discussion, and understanding within the faculty of Calvin College. Awards will be determined in the fall. (more about the award)
Lecture: Monday, October 18, 2010
Fundamentalism in Late Antiquity? The Christianity of Epiphanius of Cyprus
Department of History
4 p.m., Meeter Center lecture hall (refreshments will be served)
Professor Kim earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan. Professor Kim is interested in all things related to the ancient Mediterranean world, especially the history of Late Antiquity and Patristic studies. His current research focuses on the life and work of Epiphanius of Cyprus, a bishop active in ecclesiastical politics and theological controversies during the late fourth century.
About the lecture: Epiphanius was metropolitan bishop of Cyprus in the late fourth century, an era characterized by intense theological disputes and struggles for ecclesiastical authority. He was the author of the Panarion, a lengthy heresiology which compiled information on the beliefs, practices, and corresponding refutations of eighty different heresies. A careful reading of this text reveals his fundamental belief that (Neo-)Nicene Christianity was the only true "orthodox" expression of the faith. For Epiphanius, this version of Christianity defined and informed every facet of life, including his understanding of human history, culture, and empire, and he condemned as heretics anyone who distorted or opposed his views. Such convictions bear striking "family resemblances" to fundamentalism in modern religions...so can we then conceive of a "fundamentalist" ancient Christianity? This lecture will explore this possibility through the lens of the life, work, and thought of Epiphanius.