Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at University of Notre Dame and whose most recent book is “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom,” will present the 2013-14 Colliver Lecture 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in Pacific’s DeRosa University Center Ballroom. A book signing will follow and copies of Moss’ books will be on hand for purchase.
Candida Moss to present 2013 Colliver Lecture Sept. 19
Tales of Christian martyrs burned at the stake, facing fierce beasts, or fighting gladiators in Roman arenas have captivated peoples' imagination for centuries.
These stories will be the subject of the University of the Pacific's 2013 Colliver Lecture, delivered by Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at University of Notre Dame. Moss, whose most recent book is "The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom," will present her lecture 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in Pacific's DeRosa University Center Ballroom. A book signing will follow and copies of Moss' books will be on hand for purchase.
The Colliver Lecture Series was established in 1957 to honor the memory of George Colliver, a well-loved former religious studies professor at Pacific. The lectures are free and open to the public.
"The stories of the martyrs have a lot of meaning to people even today - to both Christians and non-Christians," said Caroline T. Schroeder, an associate professor in Pacific's Department of Religious and Classical Studies. Schroeder arranged for Moss to deliver the lecture.
"Even now we see people being persecuted in the name of religion," said Schroeder. "And even in America, we see in the media people claiming the label 'martyr,' people who shout at the top of their lungs that they are being persecuted. Do the stories of early Christians have any lessons for us in the 21st century?"
Moss has authored several books, been a Huffington Post contributor, appeared on CBS Morning News, and has hosted and appeared in documentaries for the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel.
"We are fortunate to have Dr. Candida Moss come to Pacific," said Schroeder. "She is truly a rising star. She's a well-respected academic, a theologian at Notre Dame, one of the most prominent Catholic universities in the country. But she's also someone who doesn't believe in sitting in an ivory tower."
Moss specializes in biblical studies and early Christian history, and holds an undergraduate degree in theology from the University of Oxford, a master's degree in biblical studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in religious studies from Yale University. She has published four books and more than 25 articles and essays on various aspects of biblical and early Christian literature, history, and thought. Her first book, "The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom," was awarded the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. She has received grants and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
She has lectured nationally and internationally at Yale, Duke, Emory, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, University of Durham, Von Humboldt University in Berlin and more.
The Colliver Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of the Pacific's Religious and Classical Studies Department. At least once a year, a speaker is brought to campus to discuss an aspect of religion in society.
Visit www.pacific.edu for more information about University of the Pacific. And visit the Colliver Lectures webpage for more information on the series.