Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host a four-part series “Reflections on Four Perennial Issues in Church History” Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2010. John E. Wilson, P.C. Rossin Professor of Church History at PTS, will lead the discussion.

Topics for conversation include “The Eucharist Controversy” Oct. 4; “The ‘Worldliness’ of the Church and the Spiritual Ideal” Oct. 11; “Ethnicity and Christianity” Oct. 18; and “Theological Hierarchies and Modern Democratic Forms of Thought” Oct. 24.

Cost is $80 and limited financial aid is available. Continuing Education Units and certificates are also available upon completion of this course. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu for more information or to register.

Wilson has taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary since 1984. In 1999 he was named vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty and served in this capacity until 2005. Before coming to Pittsburgh John was Privatdozent for Church History at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and, for 12 years, a parish minister in the Swiss Reformed Church. He was ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Swiss Reformed Church. Wilson is a graduate of Emory University (B.A.), Drew University Theological School (B.D.), and Claremont Graduate School (Ph.D.). John received research fellowships and stipends for study in Basel and was also a visiting professor at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Prague in 1996.

His books include Introduction to Modern Theology, Schelling und Nietzsche, Schellings Mythologie, Heinrich W.J. Thiersch und sein Lehrer Schelling, and Gott, Mensch und Welt bei Franz Overbeck. He also translated and wrote the introduction and notes to On the Christianity of Theology, by Franz Overbeck. More recently he translated the book The Early Preaching of Karl Barth by Karl Barth and William Willimon.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.