Professor Hal Taussig - Saturday Lectures

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October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $10 – $55

Saturday Lectures:

1.The Messy Mix of Early Christ Movement Texts:

Both conventional Christianity and secular culture assume that the New Testament fell fully-formed to earth and hit someone on the head shortly after Jesus died.  This lecture shows how no such thing as a Christian canon could have happened before the fifth century CE.

  1. Replacing the Notions of an Orthodoxy-Heresy Story of How Christianity Began:

There is a presumptuous narrative inherent in most secular and Christian understandings which assumes a single line of tradition, belief, and story that was handed down from God to Jesus to the unified apostles to the loyal and orthodox bishops to traditional Christianity in our day.  This lecture brings an historical approach which contradicts this master narrative with diverse portraits of two centuries of loose connections, no central authority, and wildly imaginative literature by women and men. 

  1. Wild & Humour-filled Early Christ Supper Clubs

Taussig unfolds a rich tapestry of ecstatic, humorous, fairly inclusive, and contentious festive meals that served as early Christ group “worship” throughout the Mediterranean world.  Undoing the conventional picture of these groups in and as “churches,” this lecture shows how imaginative, diverse, and passionate these festive meal-groups were, and elaborates how they formed a core of unconventional spiritual practice.

  1. The Strangeness of Early Christ Groups

This lecture portrays the early Christ groups as inherently diffuse, disorganised, and fascinated by identities that overlapped and resisted uniformity. In this view, it is pretentious to think that Christianity itself existed within the first two centuries.  Rather, Christianity per se is at earliest a creation of the third through fifth centuries.

Professor Hal Taussig, one of the leading theologians of the late 20th & early 21st centuries, is to tour Australia & New Zealand in October & November this year under the Common Dreams on the Road banner.

Hal has recently retired as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary, New York where he taught masters & doctoral level studies. He is Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He has also retired from 30+ years as a United Methodist pastor & now is specially assigned by his bishop as a consultant to local congregations. Hal is co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Consultation on Greco-Roman meals, & on the steering committees of SBL’s Seminar on Modern Theories & Ancient Myths of Christian Origins and the Greco-Roman Meals Consultation.

Professor Taussig is a foundation fellow of the Westar Institute & participated in that Institute’s celebrated Jesus Seminar. He is currently co-chair of Westar’s Christianity Seminar. Among his 14 published books are A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21stCentury & Newly Discovered Texts (2013); A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots (2006); & Re-imagining Life Together in America: A New Gospel of Community (2002).


Registration is essential (as this is a catered event). The easiest way to register is on line at or alternatively by mail by completing & mailing the form below to The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria (address below).

You may register for the full series or, if you are unable to attend on Saturday, only for the Friday evening lecture.

Admission Costs (per person):


(Before 6 October)


(From 6 October)

Member of PCNV or St Michael’s UC $50 $60
Non-member $55 $65
Student $20 $20



(Before 6 October)


(From 6 October)

Member of PCNV or St Michael’s UC $25 $30
Non-member $30 $35
Student $10 $10



October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10 – $55
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