New College, University of Edinburgh
Centre for the Study of Christian Origins


About Us

CSCO is the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh (New College). We are a collection of scholars committed to the study of early Christianity and the world that it was born in. Our interests range from New Testament studies to Patristics, to the world of Late Antiquity, and many of our members have specializations within these fields. More than that, we are interested in encouraging and supporting study in these areas and put on a range of conferences and seminars to this end.

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Upcoming Events


May 7, 2015: Q-Day with Markus Tievad

11-12.30 First lecture, Q&A; 12.30-2 Break for lunch; 2-3.30 Second lecture, Q&A; 3.30-4 Response from Paul Foster; 4-4.30 Discussion with postgrads; 4.30-6 drinks with Postgrads.Works and Days. Porteus Room, 1-2pm.

May 9, 2015: Power, Authority, Canon

The theme of the conference revolves around the issues of historical and theological ramifications of canonization. Why were some texts and not others elevated to the status of “holy scriptures”? What are the effects in conferring authority on these texts?