Paradosis Center Overview

Hear about the Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture.

Transcript

Dr. Charles Raith II:
The Paradosis Center was established to bring together Catholics, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christians to have meaningful theological exchanges centered on Scripture and rooted in the great tradition. The old slogan for ecumenical discussions used to be 'Doctrine divides, Service unites' The Center is not that. We believe that yes, doctrine can divide but it also can unite. And we are asking everyone that's a part of the center to come fully with your convictions, with your theology and bring that to the table.

Maxie Burch:
If we're going to be the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide, somehow at least, we need to indicate to people who are not believers that we can at least talk to each other.

Emily Henry:
We have different student activities and lecture series. We did the conference last September and will host another one. We go to conferences and we also reach out to local clergy.

Dr. Charles Raith II:
The goal of the Center is that we might move more deeply into our Christian faith. Not reduce our Christian faith to just the bare minimum of agreement. The Center is primarily geared for students. JBU has a diverse student population and so the conversation between Catholics and Evangelicals are actually already on going in dorm rooms and in classrooms and over the lunch table.

Emily Henry:
The Paradosis Center has definitely enriched my faith and my experience at JBU in a really positive way. First off, it's gotten me involved with different leadership opportunities and it also has just opened up for me to get into the conversation in a really intelligible and a respectful way.

Maxie Burch:
Is there really any way to sit down at the table of somebody who you vehemently disagree with and really have a civil conversation with them? I think the future of the Center is continually reminding students, yes, that's possible.

Dr. Charles Raith II:
And to do so then, we must bring our theology, we must bring our doctrine, we must bring everything that we have to the table in order to help each other move further in all that Christ has to offer us.

Emily Henry:
It's really, really powerful to be a part of something that has meaning and has eternal implications.

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