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BYU conference examines religious authority in Christianity April 7-8

Brigham Young University Religious Education and the Division of Continuing Education will host “By What Authority,” a two-day conference on religious authority in Christianity, Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, in the BYU Conference Center.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

The conference is divided into morning and afternoon sessions each day with breaks for lunch. Morning sessions each day begin at 8:30 a.m. The Friday afternoon session will run 1:30-4:30 p.m., and the Saturday afternoon session will run 2-3:50 p.m.

A panel discussion and question-and-answer period will follow both afternoon sessions.

From Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians claiming apostolic succession from the time of Christ to Protestants believing in a “priesthood of all believers,” the conference will allow discussion on the crucial question of religious authority.

Several individuals from various Christian religions will discuss similarities and differences between the different claims to authority. Speakers will include a diverse mix of religious professors and professionals from institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Roanoke College, Baylor University and North Park University in Chicago, as well as several BYU professors.

The overall purpose of the conference is to foster more understanding and knowledge between people of differing religious beliefs. The proceedings of the conference will eventually be published in book form.

For more information about the conference, contact John Best at (801) 422-2048.

Writer: Brian Rust

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