May 30-June 2, 2018
Lake Lanier, SC
Our annual Convivium Irenicum gathering at Davenant House in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina serves as a microcosm of the Davenant Institute’s mission, and, for many of our attendees, as the capstone to each academic year. For three days we do much more than present and listen to papers—we eat together, drink together, worship together, discuss abstruse philosophical questions, hard pastoral challenges, and our favorite new movies together as we walk through the woods or recline on the porch. We bring together not merely scholars and grad students, but pastors and other church leaders, and even businessmen and public servants. Together, we explore what it means to retrieve the wisdom of our Protestant and catholic past for the sake of our church and nation today.
This year, we will be exploring the widely-discussed, but frequently ambiguous topic of “Reformed catholicity,” asking how we can recover the wholeness of the church’s history and contemporary breadth without sacrificing the wholeness of Scripture’s witness, how we can maximize charity without sacrificing clarity and truth. In particular, we will seek to engage with recent projects like Peter Leithart’s “Reformational Catholicism” and Kevin Vanhoozer’s “Mere Protestant Christianity,” and compare them to historical exemplars of “Reformed catholicity.”
Our plenary speaker will be Dr. Michael Allen of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, presenting on “The Central Dogma: Order and Principles for Reformed Catholicity.” He is the author (with Scott R. Swain) of Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015) and editor (with Scott R. Swain) of Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016), along with numerous other books, the most recent of which is Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life in God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).
Here is the full lineup of papers and panel discussions for this year’s event:
9:00-10:30 AM: Plenary Speaker Session: “The Central Dogma: Order and Principles for Reformed Catholicity” (Dr. Michael Allen, RTS-Orlando)
Paper Session 1: “Reforming Catholicity in Tudor England: John Jewel’s Doctrine of the Universal Church” (Dr. Andre Gazal)
Paper Session 2: “Reformed Catholicity in the 16thand 17thCentury Confessions” (Mark Olivero, Trinity Bible Church)
Paper Session 3: “Reformed Catholicity and the Analogy of Being: Contra Karl Barth” (Dr. Steve Duby, Grand Canyon University)
Paper Session 4: “It’s the Ecclesiology, Stupid: Why Reformed Catholicity Requires a Reformed Doctrine of the Church” (Dr. Bradford Littlejohn, The Davenant Institute)
Guided Discussion 1: “Will the Real Reformed Catholicity Please Stand Up? Engaging Leithart, Vanhoozer, et. al.” (Dr. Michael Allen, RTS-Orlando)
Paper Session 5: “Weekly Communion: A Criterion of Catholicity?” (Gregory Soderberg, VU Amsterdam)
Paper Session 6: “Protestant Orthodoxy: A Solution to the Protestant Problem” (Dr. David Haines, Veritas International University)
Guided Discussion 2: “Can the Reformed Confessions be Reformed?” (Joseph Minich, UT-Dallas)
Please note that in order to maintain the convivial atmosphere of the event, attendance at each iteration of the event will be limited to 40. We encourage you to register as soon as possible using the form below to ensure your place. If you intend to submit a paper proposal, please go ahead and register to reserve a spot; if your proposal is not accepted and you choose not to attend, we will refund your registration (otherwise, refunds are only available if we can find someone to take your spot). Note that a limited number of bursaries are available to assist students in financial need, waiving the registration fee and where necessary helping with travel expenses. If you are applying for a bursary, please indicate that in the form below and we will contact you if further documentation is needed.