About me

Paul Haffner studied physics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. After seminary studies at the Venerable English College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, he was ordained priest for the diocese of Portsmouth in 1981.

In 1987, he defended and published his doctorate at the Gregorian University, under the title Christian Faith in God the Creator in relation to Modern Science according to the works of S.L. Jaki.

Since 1987, he has been a lecturer at the Pontifical Gregorian University and, since 2001 at the Duquesne University Italian campus in Rome. Since 2014 he has taught online at Seton Hall University.

He is president of the Stanley Jaki Foundation since 13 April 2010, representative to the Holy See of Gracewing Publishing since 1 January 2012, and member of the Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationalis since 8 December 2012.

He is author of over 30 books and 150 articles on philosophical and theological themes, and many of his books have been translated into other languages, including Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

For ten years now I have been happily teaching at Duquesne University Roman campus. The two course offerings that I have been teaching are Introduction to the New Testament and The Beginnings of Christianity.

The Beginnings of Christianity offers an introduction, starting from New Testament times until about 500 AD, to several key figures at the rise of Christianity like Mary Mother of God, as well as Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the founders of Christian Rome. Throughout history Rome has fascinated Christians and non-Christians alike.

The course explores how in the early centuries the followers of Jesus Christ lived their faith centered upon Him. It then goes on to investigate how the theological tradition of the importance of Rome developed in the Church and the Papacy. The study considers how the early Christians related faith and reason, and also suffered for their belief in martyrdom.

Theological material is offered which helps the students to understand better their time in Rome. Effectively, this course illustrates the impact of early Christianity through great and leading figures who exercised a great influence and are still most important today. This study is carried out in the context of being in Rome which is the cradle and center of Christianity.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Pontifical Gregorian University

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