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Early Christians topic of King Lecture at Washburn University

"Just How Christian Were the First Christians,” will be presented by William E. Arnal at the next King Lecture in Religious Studies set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union at Washburn University.  No admission is charged and the public is invited to attend.

An associate professor of religious students at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Arnal’s most recent books are “The Sacred and the Profane” and “Failure and Nerve in the Study of Religion,” both published in 2012. He is also the author of “The Symbolic Jesus” (2005), “Jesus and the Village Scribes” (2001) and “Whose Historical Jesus?” (1997). He is currently working on a monograph on the gospel of Thomas, as well as a long-term project on the Coptic hermetic texts. His articles have been published in journals, such as Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Harvard Theological Review and Method & Theory in the Study of Religion. Arnal has also served on numerous editorial boards, as the editor of the Canadian religious studies journal Studies in Religion/Sciences and is the current president of the North American Association for the Study of Religion.

He received a doctorate from the University of Toronto. His work focuses on both the origins of Christianity and on method and theory in the study of religion.

The King Lecture in Religious Studies was established by a gift from the First Congregational Church of Topeka from funds donated in memory of Thomas L. King, an alumnus and benefactor of Washburn University. The lectureship is designed to enhance the understanding of religion within the context of the humanities.  The event is sponsored by the Washburn philosophy department.

 For information, call (785) 670-1542.

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Contact:  Dena Anson         

(785) 670-1711

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