May 18th, 2007

Accept Unexpected/St. Michael

Theological Notebook: Bogdan Bucur's Dissertation Defense

Barnes sent us all ("us all" being those interested in Patristics – the study of the writing and theologies of the early church) the following announcement/instructions for this morning's big festivities. Interesting stuff for the secretly initiated. Off to get readin'
A reminder -- or an announcement: this Friday morning, 10-12 a.m.in Alumni Memorial Union 254, Bogdan Bucur will be defending his dissertation, "The Angelomorphic Spirit in Early Christianity: Scripture and Theology in Clement of Alexandria's Eclogae Propheticae and Adumbrationes." This should be fun. If you want a window into the subject matter, look at Clement's "Fragments" and the so-called Excerpta ex Theodoto both in the Ante-Nicene Fathers volumes. The real Excerpta figures here, too, but you can look at the ANF material in less than an hour and gain a good sense of the text(s) and content being dealt with in the dissertation.

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Theological Notebook: AP article on persecution of Pakistani Christians

Updated:2007-05-17 11:47:33
Convert or Die? Pakistani Christians Seek Help
By MUNIR AHMAD (AP)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (May 16) - Christians in a Pakistani town beset by pro-Taliban militants sought government protection Wednesday, the eve of a deadline for them to convert to Islam or face violence.

About 500 Pakistani Christians in Charsadda, a town in the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan, received letters earlier this month telling them to close their churches and convert by Thursday or be the target of "bomb explosions."

Several Christians, a tiny minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have fled town and others are living in fear, community leaders said.

Some complained that police were not taking the threat seriously.

"Police say someone is joking with us by writing these letters," Chaudhry Salim, a Charsadda Christian leader, said during a news conference in Islamabad. "They have deployed only two policemen at our churches ... this is the kind of security we are getting now."

Shahbaz Bhatti, a prominent Christian leader and head of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, said the provincial government, which is controlled by a coalition of pro-Taliban religious parties, would bear blame for attacks after the deadline.

Bhatti also urged Muslim religious scholars to condemn the threats and said the federal government should take "concrete steps to provide protection" to Christians.

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