Welcome to the website of the North American Patristics Society! NAPS promotes the study of late antiquity and early Christianity primarily through our journal and annual meeting.  For further information about our activities and membership in the society, follow the links in the column to the left.

The 2017 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 25 to 27, 2017. We hope that you will join us. Our Vice President, D. Jeffrey Bingham, will release a Call for Papers for this conference in September.

Meanwhile, we wish everyone a wonderful Summer and best regards for your research endeavors.

Kate Cooper, 2016-2017 President of NAPS


Contact and Mailing address for the Society:

Dr. Rick Brumback
Secretary and Treasurer, NAPS
8900 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX  78748

Membership & Subscriptions

Subscription to the Journal of Early Christian Studies is included with your membership. *Student Discount Available

Interested in having your work published in an upcoming volume? Read our Submission Guidelines.

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Call for Nominations

Now accepting nominations for two Board Members-at-large, one Student Board Member, and one Vice President/President Elect.

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  • Applications are invited for ten postdoctoral fellowships in science and religion/theology. The fellowships will run for two-years, beginning September 2017, and will be hosted in a Department of Theology/Religion at one of 18 participating universities from the US, UK, and Europe. Fellows will receive a competitive salary and a generous research and travel budget. They will conduct their own research on a topic of their choosing that fits the project research vision, teach one class in science and religion, and participate in a fully-funded series of workshops together with the other postdoctoral fellows, their mentors, and senior scholars in the field. Applications Due: December 9, 2016.

    Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD in theology (broadly conceived) or a science. Advanced degrees in both theology/religion and a science are preferable. The successful candidate will have potential for world-class research at the intersection of theology and science, a clearly-defined research agenda that is both ambitious and achievable, and excellent teaching skills. When selecting a host institution, candidates are encouraged to apply elsewhere from where they obtained their PhD.

    For further information visit http://theologyscience.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/job-ad/.

    October 18th, 2016 Continue Reading
  • Hope College seeks a dynamic, visionary, and collegial leader to serve as Dean for Arts and Humanities beginning July 1, 2017. Strong candidates will demonstrate previous academic leadership, a record of excellent teaching and scholarship, and a commitment to the liberal arts in the context of the historic Christian faith.

    A full prospectus, including leadership duties, qualifications, and application instructions can be viewed at www.hope.edu/ahdeansearch

    October 10th, 2016 Continue Reading
  • The Australian Catholic University is seeking researchers of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement to contribute to the research of the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Researchers will be expected to contribute to a major five-year project, Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity. This international project, led by Prof. Lewis Ayres (ACU/Durham) and four others from ACU, Durham and Notre Dame, investigates ‘modes of knowing’ constructed by Greek, Latin and Syriac Christians c.100-700 CE. A particular focus is the manner in which developing Christian thought was shaped by classical intellectual discourses (such as grammar, philosophy, rhetoric and medicine), institutions, social practices, and material culture.

    This project builds on research across the Centre in areas such as the social and cultural history of early Christianity, the cultural and intellectual transformation of Classical antiquity, strategies of Christian identity formation, and intersections between Christianity and ancient philosophy, rhetoric, medicine, and education. For further information on the project and Centre, please see the Position Description.


    September 29th, 2016 Continue Reading
  • The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the Twelfth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity will be held at Yale University on the topic of “The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation,” on March 23-26, 2017. The conference will be cosponsored by the University of Groningen.

    In chronological terms there can be little doubt that the fifth century is the pivot point of Late Antiquity. It is arguable that it also represents the major watershed between a monolithic world still dominated by the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries and the more tessellated worlds of the sixth and seventh. Whereas the fourth century is still very much an age of continuity with the earlier empire, the fifth can rightfully be viewed as the moment when Mediterranean Eurasia and North Africa witnessed profound political, social, religious, economic and cultural transformations. Shifting Frontiers XII seeks to investigate the nature and impact of these changes.

    September 26th, 2016 Continue Reading