Fr. Behr will reflect on the fact that heresies today are what heresies have always been: ways of avoiding the startling reality at the heart of the Christian faith, which is, in essence, that God has in fact revealed Himself to humankind in Christ, through the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
That revelation - both what has been revealed and its implications - is so shocking to the mind that its refusal (out roll the heresies) is almost natural and inevitable. Instead of facing and dwelling upon what he has been shown, in Christ, a person says, ‘He wasn’t really God,’ ‘He wasn’t really human,’ ‘He was just a great man,’ etc.
But what if, instead of vesting all our trust in the recoil of the human mind from a shocking truth, we gave some attention to the truth we find, indeed, shocking? Is the inability of the frail instrument to fathom what has been disclosed the only focus of our attention? The proper focus? Can this instrument that is plainly unable to measure be, in fact, the measure of the disclosure? How can such a shocking truth be accepted?
The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr is the Dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y., where he is also Professor of Patristics, teaching courses in patristics, dogmatics, and Scriptural exegesis. He also teaches at Fordham University, where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics.
Fr. Behr is the author of, among other titles, The Glory of God: A Living Human Being
(2011), The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death
(2006), The Nicene Faith
(2004), and The Way to Nicaea
(2001). His new translation of St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation
was published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press in November of 2011. To give you a taste of Fr. Behr’s writing, a copy of the preface to The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death
The annual Weston Lecture has presented our students and members of the public with a brilliant example of how faith and reason may be united in a mutually strengthening way, a tradition inaugurated through the generous support of George Weston Limited. The Lecture is given by an invited speaker whose field of endeavour is pertinent to the Augustine College academic program. For more information, please see News and Events/Weston Lecture
. Dr. Behr’s presentation will be made available on our Media Centre
under Guest Lectures.
Also attached is a poster for our upcoming Student-for-a-Day
, Tuesday, March 15th
(during March Break in the Ottawa area) where prospective students and others are invited to learn more about what Augustine College offers its students, academically and socially. Visitors are always welcome to arrange a visit to the College at another time convenient to them. For more information, please see News and Events/Latest News
Please forward this information to others who may be interested. If you live in the Ottawa area, we would be grateful if you would print both colour posters from the website (where they are print quality) and post them in your church or other suitable location. Posters are also available upon request. The following can also be used as a bulletin or newsletter announcement:
Short form: The Shocking Truth About Christian Orthodoxy
, a free public lecture by Dr. John Behr
, Fri., Mar. 23
, 7:30 p.m., Saint Paul University Amphitheatre, 223 Main St. On-site parking $4; street parking free.
Long form: The Shocking Truth About Christian Orthodoxy
. The Augustine College Weston Lecture 2010-11, a free public lecture given this year by Dr. John Behr
. Friday, March 23rd
at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul University Amphitheatre, 223 Main St. On-site parking is $4, with street parking free. For more information, please visit augustinecollege.org
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