10:00 a.m. in the Living Room. Bring friends and enjoy the coffee, tea and morning refreshments. Child care available on the Youth Floor.
Were you ever curious about how some of the early Greco-Roman philosophers’ writings resembled thoughts that we read in the Bible? Do Plato’s views on nature and the divine bear similarities to any of the Christian perspectives? This new series will discuss some of the Greco-Roman notions of the divine and the good life, perhaps helping us understand how they might have influenced the development of Christian theology and the Biblical writings.
Sunday, January 25: Encountering the Divine in the Greco-Roman World
Dr. Dale Irvin, New York Theological Seminary
Dr. Irvin will discuss views of the divine in the Greco-Roman world such as the development of good and evil or angels and demons in the ancient world. The movement, in philosophical terms, toward monism and the notion of the single divine form or being will also be discussed. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Church, Dr. Irvin is the President and Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary.
Sunday, February 1: Plato and Aristotle: Views of Divinity
Dr. Sergey Trostyanskiy, Sophia Institute, New York City
Dr. Trostyanskiy will examine Plato’s and Aristotle’s metaphysics and cosmology and their relation to newly introduced Christian philosophical thoughts. He will address elements of the shared intellectual development in Greco-Roman urban areas common to both Christian and “pagan” philosophies. Dr. Trostyanskiy will also introduce certain concepts of Plato’s Academy and the Peripatetic Movement which became formative for both the early Jesus movement and the early Christian tradition. Dr. Trostyanskiy, received his Ph.D. in church history from Union Theological Seminary and is currently a teaching fellow there and a research fellow at the Sophia Institute in NYC.
Sunday, February 8: Stoic and Cynic Asceticism in the Western Church
Rev. Dr. Jill Schaeffer, New York Theological Seminary
Dr. Schaeffer will discuss Stoic and Cynic perspectives. Both Stoic and Cynic philosophies demanded rigorous focus on internally changing oneself from inside out, but were diametrically opposed regarding the “way” in which virtue was achieved. Stoicism became an ingredient in developing Church doctrine and Christian practice while Cynicism lurks in the shadows, renouncing the world and the biblical God in favor of the spirit alone. An ordained Presbyterian U.S.A. minister, Dr. Schaeffer is a visiting Associate Professor of Ethics at New York Theological Seminary.