Harvard professor to discuss Christianity


LEWISTON – A professor of ecclesiastical history at Harvard Divinity School will present “The Shaping of Christianity: Gospel Discoveries from the Egyptian Desert” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave., at Bates College.

The public is invited to attend the 2006-07 Zerby Lecture in Contemporary Religious Thought, sponsored by the chaplain’s office, free of charge. For more information, call 207-786-8272.

Karen Leigh King, trained in comparative religions and historical studies, teaches and researches the history of Christianity and women’s studies. King’s books include “Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity,” “The Secret Revelation of John,” “The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle,” “Revelation of the Unknowable God” and “What is Gnosticism?”

The annual Zerby lecture honors the late Rayborn L. Zerby of Lewiston, professor emeritus of religion and dean of the faculty at Bates. Each year, the program brings to campus leading commentators on contemporary religious thought. Previous Zerby lecturers have included Holocaust chronicler Elie Wiesel and Harvard University theologian Peter J. Gomes, Bates class of 1965.