The Significance of Westar@AAR/SBL

Over the past several months, Westar has engaged in a series of negotiations that may make it possible for us to meet with the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion on a regular basis. The decision to meet concurrently with the AAR/SBL is important for many reasons. Above all, it provides Westar with a much larger venue for its work and makes it easier for scholars to attend both conferences. But it also has symbolic significance: it closes the scholarly circle for Westar Founder Bob Funk and other Westar Fellows. Before Funk established the Jesus Seminar in 1985, he played a major role in democratizing the SBL and founding the AAR. Bringing Westar together with those learned societies consolidates Funk’s legacy as a moving force in the effort to promote cutting-edge biblical scholarship on issues that matter in the larger culture. Continue reading

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Westar’s popular Jesus Seminars on the Road (JSOR) program forms the core of its public outreach. Every year, teams of Fellows—professors from accredited universities who are skilled at communicating with a general public—visit more than twenty communities across North America. We would like to visit more.

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May-June Issue of The Fourth R

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The May-June issue of The Fourth R includes articles by Michael Hogue, Paul Jones, and Charles Hedrick. You can also find inside an interview with Robin Meyers, author of Saving Jesus from the Church, and a review of Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Want to know more? Read the editorial “Donut Theology” by Art Dewey, and have a look at subscription options.  


Westar Appoints New Academic Director

David Galston

Westar Institute has appointed a new Academic Director. David Galston is a University Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is the author of two books, Archives and the Event of God (McGill-Queens Press, 2010) and Embracing the Human Jesus (Polebridge Press, 2012). He holds a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg, a M.Div. from Vancouver School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from McGill University. As Academic Director David will work cooperatively with Westar seminars, help recruit scholars, participate in conference planning, and assist the development of on-line education.