Macquarie Asian Historical Research Society Seminar


  • 14/04/2012 – 6:00-7:00 PM


  • Presentation by Dr. Edward Bridge (MQ PhD) – “Early Christianity: ‘Eastern’ or ‘Western’?”


It is common to see comments such as: as the church continued over time, it became ‘Western’. Is this really so?

This presentation will look at elements of early Christian belief that can be called ‘Eastern’ from ‘Western’ view point at the time, and discuss how some elements continued to be held by the (Western) church over the next centuries, yet others were reinterpreted. It will be argued that the church became ‘Western’, in line with developments in Graeco-Roman society at the time, but it did retain some ‘Eastern’ elements. However, the ‘Eastern’ elements that were incorporated in Christian thinking themselves were ‘tamed’ and became part of western thinking, though some have now been rejected because of further developments in Western philosophy.



Room: W6A 107



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