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Briggman Presents Lecture on Christology

Lee University’s School of Religion recently welcomed Dr. Anthony Briggman for his lecture, “A Misunderstood and Neglected Christology: Mixture.”

In his lecture, Briggman offered explanations of the Christological union, which is the union of humanity and deity in the person of Christ, and discussed the ways in which mixture was used by the early church father Tertullian to secure some of the same points as 4th-5th century Christological accounts.

Briggman discussed how mixture better addresses certain questions than other explanations, thus encouraging people to hold tentatively to human models and keep thinking about the fundamental issues at hand.

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Dr. Anthony Briggman at Lee

“Briggman is a rising patristics scholar, and his lecture was but one illustration of the many personal connections in the academy that Lee faculty utilize to enrich their students and the Cleveland community,” said Dr. Christopher Stephenson, assistant professor of systematic theology at Lee. “We were honored by his visit.”

Briggman’s research interests lie in the Greek and Latin theologies constructed between A.D. 100 and 600. His research focuses on Irenaeus of Lyons, and, more broadly, 2nd and 3rd century Christian pneumatology, binitarian and trinitarian theology, and Christologies, with special attention to the influence of contemporaneous Jewish thought and ancient philosophical and rhetorical theories.

He is currently studying the early Christian use of ancient scientific theories to explain the person and work of Jesus Christ.

In addition to his post at Candler as associate professor of early Christianity, Briggman teaches in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion and in the Department of Religion. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Marquette University.
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