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Retrieving the riches of classical Protestantism to renew

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Upcoming Events
  • 2024 Spring Regional Convivium – Reason and Imagination: Literature as a Vehicle for the True, Good & Beautiful

    2024 Spring Regional Convivium – Reason and Imagination: Literature as a Vehicle for the True, Good & Beautiful

    The Davenant Institute invites you to the Spring rendition of our now bi-annual Carolinas Regional Convivium Irenicum. Learn More

    March 15-16th, 2024 | Davenant House, Landrum, SC
  • Second Annual Davenant Award Banquet

    Second Annual Davenant Award Banquet

    At our second annual award banquet, the Davenant Institute is pleased to honor Dr. Wilfred McClay with the C.S. Lewis Award for Christian Wisdom, in recognition of his crucial recent work. Learn More

    Thursday, April 4th, 2024 | The Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
  • Protestantism and the Commonwealth: Protestant Wisdom Foundations II

    Protestantism and the Commonwealth: Protestant Wisdom Foundations II

    Join us at the Davenant House for our summer residential intensive program on Protestantism and the Commonwealth. This program explores the balance of liberty and authority. Learn More

    Led by Brad Littlejohn and Nick Meriwether | July 2024 | Landrum

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the Church

The Davenant Press publishes new books, essay collections, and new editions of historic Christian texts to resource pastors, scholars, and laypeople.

On the Death of Christ

BY JOHN DAVENANT, TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY MICHAEL J. LYNCH | $47.95 $35.95| 428 PG | Paperback

For whom did Christ die?

John Davenant’s Death of Christ remains the most significant and comprehensive example of English hypothetical universalism. Coming on the heels of the Synod of Dordt, Davenant’s Death of Christ is a scholastic treatise dealing with the question of the extent of Christ’s atonement-for whom did Christ die? Avoiding both the Scylla of Arminianism and Charybdis of certain strands of Reformed theology, Davenant employs Scripture, reason, and testimonies from ecclesiastical history in defense of the so-called Lombardian formula: Christ died for all people sufficiently; efficaciously for the elect alone.

John Davenant’s On the Death of Christ, a classic of English Reformed thought on the atonement, is now available in a new translation by Dr. Michael Lynch–the first in modern English. This book also features two shorter letters which Davenant wrote on this topic to both the French Reformed churches and to Herman Hildebrand.

Natural Theology

Second Edition

BY David Haines | $28.95 | 315 PAGES

What does the world tell of God?

Christians affirm that Scripture alone reveals truths about God which cannot be known by mere reason, such as the Trinity or the Gospel itself. But how do we account for Scripture’s apparent talk of a knowledge of God possible solely from creation? Or for our own sense of the divine in nature? Or for the startling insights of ancient philosophers about the nature of God? The answer: natural theology.

Often misrepresented as a fruitless human attempt to comprehend God, natural theology has in fact been a significant part of Christian theology throughout history. It has shaped the Christian doctrine of God and provided a starting point for evangelizing non-Christians. In an age when theologians and missionaries alike are in need of stronger doctrinal foundations, it is a doctrine as vital as ever.

In this guide, David Haines first outlines the biblical basis for natural theology, suggesting that, if Scripture is correct, certain truths about God should be well attested by non-Christians. A thorough historical survey demonstrates that this is indeed the case, and that the Church has long made use of that which is revealed to reason in order to serve Christ, who is revealed to faith.

This second edition comes with substantial updates across 120 additional pages, including an all-new chapter on Thomas Aquinas, a brand new preface, revisions to existing chapters, and a thorough index.

Why Do Protestants Convert?

BY BRAD LITTLEJOHN AND CHRIS CASTALDO; FOREWORD BY CARL TRUEMAN | $12.95 | 100 PG | Paperback

A strange phenomenon has gripped Protestantism in recent decades: many of its best and brightest thinkers have converted to Roman Catholicism. Likewise, many earnest, normal believers have found Protestantism shallow in doctrine, history, ethics, and worship, and made the leap to Rome.

How can Protestants make sense of this? In this short and penetrating book, originally published as a series of essays, Brad Littlejohn and Chris Castaldo insightfully diagnose the psychological, theological, and sociological factors behind Protestant conversions to Rome.

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