Ellen Scully, Ph.D., presents her new book

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Inside the Core this week, we are very excited to have our first Forum of Scholars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition for this 2022-2023 academic year on Wednesday, September 28 at 4 p.m. via TEAMS. Ellen Scully, Ph.D., associate professor and undergraduate chair of theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, will present her recent book, a co-edited anthology with Anthony Brigg, on the methodology for the study of early Christian theology, entitled New Narratives for the Old: Reading Early Christian Theology Using the Historical Method (AUC Press, 2022). Dr. Scully’s first book was Physicalist soteriology in Hilaire de Poitiers (Brill, 2015).

The book, as noted on the Catholic University Press website, offers examples of praise from other scholars. For example, John Gavin, SJ, author of Mysteries of the Lord’s Prayer: Wisdom of the Early Church (CUA Press), states, “This volume is distinguished by its presentation of the historical method in the study of early Christian theology, as well as by the high-quality articles that illustrate these approaches. It is wonderful to have these essays collected in one volume for consultation.” Further, Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ, of Fordham University notes: “The discipline of historical theology flourished among Catholics during the last century and beyond. Michel Barnes made a remarkable contribution to this discipline, and the authors featured in this volume offer him a fitting tribute, in a collection of essays that span historically from Irenaeus to Gregory the Great, with questions Trinitarian theologies and problems of Christology as central.” The book is clearly a serious and indispensable work of scholarship in an area crucial to the Catholic intellectual tradition.

In addition to teaching and holding the undergraduate chair of theology at ICSST, Professor Scully also teaches at Core. His presentation promises to be very interesting and especially relevant for Foundation Classes I and II, where early Christian readings are important for both. We are very grateful to him for introducing us. The event is co-sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, the Catholic Studies Program, the Center for Catholic Studies and the University Core.

The event

Read Professor Scully’s book: New Narratives for the Old: Reading Early Christian Theology Using the Historical Method (AUC Press, 2022)

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Upcoming Fellows Forum events:
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  • October 26 – Dr. Donovan Sherman, Department of English for Arts and Sciences
  • November 30 – Dr. Dermot Quinn, Department of History, Arts and Sciences

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