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Roundtable Series: The Influence of Greek Philosophy on the Early Development of Christian Theology

Dr. Todd Gooch

Led by Dr. Todd Gooch: This roundtable session will look at some of the ways in which the development of Christian Theology during the early centuries of the Common Era was influenced by Greek philosophy.  We will begin by considering certain developments in Greek philosophy prior to the rise of Christianity, including the long history of the concept of the Logos, which is said in the opening verses of the Gospel of John to have “become flesh” in the person of Jesus Christ.  After considering contrasting views among early Christian thinkers such as Justin Martyr and Tertullian about the relationship between faith and philosophy, we will discuss issues at stake in debates among representatives of the Catechetical Schools of Alexandria and Antioch as these relate to the formulation of the Nicene Creed and related documents.

Dr. Gooch is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at EKU.  He is the author of The Numinous and Modernity: An Interpretation of Rudolf Otto’s Philosophy of Religion, and a contributor of chapters on nineteenth-century religious thought to volumes including The Oxford History of Nineteenth-Century Germany Philosophy (2015), the Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (2019), and The Oxford History of Modern German Theology (forthcoming), as well as The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online).

Dr. Gooch will be teaching a course on the History of Christian Thought in the spring semester of 2022.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 10, 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Main Library, Room 208.

Although this is an in-person event, any who wish to join via zoom may contact the organizer:

All EKU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Please follow all EKU mandated health and safety protocols.

For more information about the EKU Philosophy and Religious Studies Roundtable Series, see:

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