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Hurlburt Hall (Room 136), McMaster Divinity College,
1280 Main St W
Hamilton , Ontario
Wed, March 08, 2023
Start: 01:00 PM
End: 02:00 PM

At this week’s Theological Research Seminar, Nathan Nadeau will be presenting, “The Second Century and the Question of an early Christian Consensus.” Read the abstract and his bio below.

All are welcome to attend in Hurlburt Hall (room 136) at McMaster Divinity College at 1:00pm or via livestream at the link below:

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The issues surrounding orthodoxy and heresy in earliest Christianity are of perennial concern, and books continue to be written that seek to either support or problematize the traditional view of the potential ubiquity of an early orthodoxy. The paper considers the epistemic value of a sufficiently-qualified consensus, and the elements available in early evidence that compellingly suggest—all things considered—an emergent orthodox consensus in second-century Christianity. The paper should introduce the basic issues raised in/since Bauer’s work, acknowledge problem areas, and provide tools for thinking in new ways about traditional perspectives.


Nathan Nadeau is a PhD Candidate in Christian Theology (New Testament) at McMaster Divinity College. His dissertation focus is Paul in the Acts of the Apostles and the development of a new historiographical model for analyzing and comparing New Testament (and other) texts. He is married with two children and works as a part-time assistant pastor at Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto.


About TRS

The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) is a bimonthly gathering for all MDC students and faculty. TRS meets over the lunch hour on Wednesdays, and includes about thirty minutes for the paper presentation and twenty minutes for discussion.

All advanced degree students are invited to present a paper and share your research with your colleagues. TRS is an excellent opportunity to “test drive” a paper you will be presenting at an upcoming conference and receive helpful feedback on your current research projects. Thinking about submitting an article to a journal and want some interaction first? TRS will provide it. Just published an article or an essay and want to share it us? TRS is an excellent opportunity to broadcast it.

This year the organizing committee consists of Dr. Francis PangDr. Wendy Porter, and Dr. Steve Studebaker. To submit a paper, contact a member of the organizing committee.