For those of you in the Boston area, or with a strong desire to come to Boston quickly, a conference on Family and Children in the Patristic Tradition begins tomorrow (October 13-15) at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. There are scholars from all over Canada, the United States and Europe (Croatia, Switzerland, Germany) representing the range of Christian traditions (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) presenting at the conference, including myself, so please attend if you have any interest in this rich vein of material. Dr. Candida Moss of Notre Dame, for instance, will present on "The Abandonment of Family Sayings in the Synoptic Gospels and its Reception in Early Christian Martyrdom Stories," while David G. Hunter, of the University of Kentucky, will speak on "The Household of God: The Family and Christianization in the Early Church." I will talk on "'Do Not Sexually Abuse Children': The Language of Early Christian Sexual Ethics." These are only a few of the papers to be delivered; check out the entire schedule here.
John W. Martens
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