(Theology) Fr John Behr – Origen and the Early Church, Pt 2

Theology Track Episode: Live from Nashotah House, WI (3rd year running), here’s part 2 of our interview with Fr John Behr. Amy Brown Hughes talks with Fr John Behr about Origen and all things Patristic. In addition to more of the interview, we’ve got some Q&A in this episode. If you missed Part 1, visit HERE.

Guest:  The Very Reverend Dr John Behr is a British Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian.  He is the former Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he is currently the Director of the Master of Theology Program and the Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics. He was ordained to the diaconate on September 8, 2001 and the priesthood on September 14, 2001. He is the editor of the Patristic Series released by St. Vladimir’s Press. He was elected dean of the seminary on November 18, 2006, and served as dean from 2007 until 2017, when he was named Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics. He’s the author of numerous books, including translation works, e.g., Origen: On First Principles (Oxford)Irenaeus: On the Apostolic Teaching (St Vladimir’s Press), The Way to Nicaea, Vol. 1 (St. Vladimir’s Press), and Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (St. Vladimir’s Press). (adapted from Wikipedia, no less)

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If you like this: Check out our episode with Amy Brown Hughes and Lynn Cohick on their book Christian Women in the Patristic World, as well as our episode with Meghan Henning on her book Educating Early Christians Through the Rhetoric of Hell, and our episode with Matthew Thomas on his book Paul’s ‘Works of the Law’ in the Perspective of Second Century Reception.



7 Replies to “(Theology) Fr John Behr – Origen and the Early Church, Pt 2”

      • Reuben Anderson

        The bit that blew me away most of all was right at the very end when Fr Behr is talking about reading Scripture vs reading historically.

        Inspiration happens AS we read the text WITH the Spirit – revealing Jesus.

        There’s language I’m searching for and I just can’t land on it yet.

        It’s about how we… live and know… in the midst of the Trinity. How truth is what happens when we know God in relationship through the Spirit. Somehow, trinity is the essence of all reality. It’s not binary. It dismisses the mind-body paradigm entirely.

        I know I’m raving. Ach. I keep thinking of “bridges”.

        p.s. also I’m a huge fan of Amy Brown Hughes. And I love the increasing gender inclusivity of OnScript. It’s a strong indicator that you’re on the right track.

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