Lecture on ancient mysticism to take place April 10

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A lecture about ancient mysticism and Egyptian calligraphy will take place April 10 at Gettysburg College.

The 7 p.m. lecture, "Calligraphers of the Sacred: What Ancient Desert Monks Can Teach Us About Mystics and Mysticism," will take place in Pennsylvania Hall's Lyceum located along North Washington Street. William Harmless, an expert in the theology of early Christianity, will deliver the talk. Harmless will draw from his book "Mystics" and explore how early Christian monks offer new insights into mystics and mysticism. The lecture is part of the Fred and Martha Mahan Lecture series and open to the public at no charge.

Harmless is a professor of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1978. He is the author of "Augustine and the Catechumenate," "Desert Christians" and "Mystics." Harmless has taught in a variety of theological sub disciplines, both historical and systematic. For 18 years, he has directed his pedagogical creativity to teaching introductory theology, working to develop a rigorous, comprehensive and engaging approach for undergraduate students.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 3/28/08

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010 

Posted: Fri, 28 Mar 2008

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