When: Tuesday 17th September, 5:30 pm refreshments for 6 pm lecture
Venue: Ridley College
Speaker: Dr John Dickson
Why the ancients had better memories than we do, and how that helped the early church.
The people of the ancient world valued memory as a central organ of the intellectual life. They talked about memory. They trained the memory. They believed memory was the foundation of creativity. Into this world the first Christians proclaimed their message about a recently crucified and raised teacher, healer, and Lord of the world. Like the philosophical clubs before them and the synagogues around them, churches treasured the apostles’ remembrances of Jesus, and found ways to commit those traditions to memory with vigour and accuracy.
Dr John Dickson was the Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity. He now works as an author, speaker, historian and media presenter. He teaches a course on the historical Jesus at the University of Sydney and is a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford.
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