Peter and Paul: Uneasy Brothers in Christ

Monday, January 23, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Church
Refreshments following presentation
Presented by the Catechetical Board

Peter and Paul are the two giants on whose shoulders the early church rested, but it would be difficult to find two more opposite personalities.  Though almost every meeting of theirs led to confrontation and conflict, they ended their days working side by side to strengthen the Church in Rome, where they were both martyred. 

This talk will explore their different backgrounds and personal styles, showing how the gifts of these two very different men worked together to build up the early Church and why they are still both necessary for a healthy Church today.

Dr. John Madden is a retired professor of Greek and Latin languages and literatures and of Greco-Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine art, architecture and archaeology.  While he is neither a theologian nor a biblical scholar, he has studied these disciplines extensively.  He deals with the early Church chiefly in terms of its literature, history, visual art, archaeology and architecture and how these reflect biblical traditions and theological interpretations.

He received his bachelor’s degree from a Catholic seminary and a Ph.D. from Yale.  He is a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and has traveled and photographed extensively in Italy, Greece and present-day Turkey.  He taught Greek and Latin at the University of Montana, where he was the founding dean of the Honors College.  He came to California in 1998 and taught philosophy at Cerritos College until retiring in 2006.  He lives in San Clemente with his wife Peggy, a retired English professor.  They have four children and four grandchildren.  They belong to Our Lady of Fatima parish in San Clemente.
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