Highly-regarded Rice University scholar April DeConick will present "The Ancient New Age: How Gnostic Spirituality Revolutionized Religion in Antiquity" on Monday, March 11, at 7:00 PM in the Cone University Center, McKnight Hall, for the 29th Annual Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies.
DeConick is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University and historian of early Jewish and Christian thought. She finds fascination in mapping the many ways that the Jesus tradition emerges across the literature, traditions that have left behind echoes of bitter controversies and competing memories.
DeConick possesses a deep interest in exploring the various expressions of ante-Nicene mysticism ("Christianity before Constantine"), including the spirituality of classic Gnostic thinkers. Her work has been called "revisionist," challenging people to seek answers beyond the conventional.
The Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies is the oldest and most prestigious endowed lecture series at UNC Charlotte. The series, established in 1984, honors the distinguished career and service of Loy H. Witherspoon.
The lecture is free and open to the public.