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A Dangerous Religion? Earliest Christianity in Pluralistic Roman Society - Winnipeg

March 9 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

McNally Robinson, Travel Alcove, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, MB


Christianity first emerged in a society not entirely different from our own. The Roman Empire was culturally diverse, economically driven, and religiously pluralistic. But even in their setting, early Christians stood out as different, a novel combination of exclusive beliefs and practices lived out of cultural and ethnic diversity. For this they became increasingly regarded as a threat to the social fabric of the empire, yet they sowed the seeds of much of what we celebrate in our civilization. What was so distinctive, or even dangerous, about early Christianity? How might that explosive period of history inform some of the questions faced today regarding Christian identity in a pluralistic context?

Joshua Coutts (PhD, University of Edinburgh, Scotland) is the author of The Divine Name in the Gospel of John (Mohr Siebeck, 2017).


The 2019 Providence Public Lectures will demonstrate the impressive range of expertise among Providence faculty, whose topics will include politics, morality, missiology, history, biology, hermeneutics, race and gender. Presenting in Winnipeg and Steinbach, Providence professors are excited to bring their scholarship into the public square. Attendees can expect to be intellectually stimulated, perhaps challenged, and to come away with a new appreciation for Christian higher education.

All lectures are free to attend - no registration required.

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