Upcoming Lecture at The SoL Center (San Antonio): The Meaning of Christmas

Next week Christmas comes early at The SoL Center where I’ll be giving a lecture titled ‘The Meaning of Christmas: What Divine Birth Meant in the Ancient World’ on Thursday, November 8th, from 7-9 PM. This is the course description:

To some early Christians, Jesus of Nazareth did not have a human father, because he was conceived by a virgin through the power of God (Holy Spirit). Is this claim unique? In fact, no, as there were other important figures from the ancient world who were said to have been born of a god, figures including Caesar Augustus, the philosopher Plato, and the
Buddha. In this course we will ask why it was that Christians found it important to claim that Jesus had a divine birth, and what such a claim meant in antiquity.

To register ($15), click here.


Today is my 34th birthday. Usually I have some wise words to share, something about what I have learned. This year, while I lack wise words, mostly because I'm tired after a long work day, I get the sense that this last year will prove someday to be one of the most formative of my life....the question is "how?" This is a question that can only be answered in retrospect!

Two New Events at The SoL Center!

Two more events are live for registration at The SoL Center:

- Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes w. Prof. Rubén Dupertuis

- At the Crossroads of Adolescence and the World's Religions w. Fr. Nathan Bostian

To learn more and register go here.

The Messiahs of Israel at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

For those who live in, near, or around Austin, TX, you may be interested in their forthcoming (4/18-19) interfaith event "The Messiahs of Israel" feat. Drs. Drs. Matthias Henze (Rice University), Kelley Coblentz Bautch (St. Edward's University), and Jonathan Kaplan (University of Texas, Austin). For more info visit their website