Faculty-Staff Digest - (02/04/2013  @ 1:45 PM)

"Black & White and Read All Over" Eugene Gallagher Speaks on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Lynn Brettler)

“Black and White and Read All Over: Appropriations of the Ten Commandments in New Religious Movements”
Eugene Gallagher
Connecticut College

Wednesday, February 6
7:00 p.m.
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Gallagher's research uses the development of the early Christian movement in the Greco-Roman world as a paradigm of how an initially obscure and suspicious cult movement can enter the social mainstream and achieve a position of power and respectability. His familiarity with early Christianity decisively shapes his understanding of contemporary new religions, or so-called "cults." In both instances he is particularly interested in forming an understanding of the processes of conversion and disaffiliation as well as a group's missionary activity and self-defense ("apologetics").

This lecture is free and open to the public.