Papatheofanis Lectures

The Papatheofanis Lectures on early Christianity were established in honor of Drs. Frank and Julie Papatheofanis whose vision and sacrifice were principally responsible for the foundation of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies. The lecture is given every Fall.

2017 Papatheofanis Lecture

'A Lamp unto my feet!' How the early Church Fathers teach us to read Scripture

Dr. Daniel H. Williams, Professor of Patristics and Historical Theology at Baylor University, will be giving the 2017 Papatheofanis Lecture. The lecture will take place in the Billy Graham Center 432, the Wilson Suite on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

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Past Papatheofanis Lectures on Early Christianity

Dr. Hunter

How Priests Became Celibate

Dr. David Hunter
November 1, 2016

Susan Holman

And Yet the Books: Patristics in the Footnotes

Dr. Susan R. Holman
November 5, 2015
Available media: Video

Dr. Lewis Ayres

Activity and Manifestation: Gregory of Nyssa and Patristic Ecclesiology

Dr. Lewis Ayres
October 23, 2014
Available media: Video

Elizabeth Clark

Rome in the Nineteenth-Century Protestant Imaginary: American Professors, Ancient 'Pagens,' and Early Christianity.

Dr. Elizabeth Clark
November 12, 2013
Available media: Video

Warren Smith

Redefining Greatness: Ambrose and the Magnanimous Man

Dr. J. Warren Smith
October 25, 2012
Available media: Video

Thomas Hopko

From Shadow to Reality: The Biblical Foundations of Christian Liturgical Worship

Fr. Thomas Hopko
March 22, 2012
Available media: Video

L. Edward Phillips

With all the Company of Heaven: Eucharist and Cosmic Powers in Early Christian Worship

Dr. L. Edward Phillips
October 20, 2011
Available media: Video

Metropolitan Kallistos

Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue: What Have We to Learn from One Another?

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia
February 21, 2011
Available media: Video

Robin Jensen

Picturing the Divine Trinity: Orthodoxy and Early Christian Art

Dr. Robin M. Jensen
October 21, 2010

Ferguson Everett

Why Study Early Christian History and Literature?

Dr. Everett Ferguson
March 18, 2010

Wilken Robert Louis

Going Deeper into the Bible: The Church Fathers as Interpreters

Dr. Robert Louis Wilken
October 30, 2009