First Annual Davenant Award Banquet
Speaking on “Prometheus Unbound, Man Abolished”
A DINNER EVENT HOSTED BY THE DAVENANT INSTITUTE
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
The Capital Hilton
1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
At this award banquet, which we intend to be an annual event, the Davenant Institute is pleased to honor Dr. Carl R. Trueman with our first-ever C.S. Lewis Award for Christian Wisdom, in recognition of his crucial recent work on “expressive individualism” and the challenge it poses for classical and Christian understandings of the human person and political order.
About the C.S. Lewis Award for Christian Wisdom
C.S. (“Jack”) Lewis (1898-1963) taught English literature at Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and was chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He rose to prominence through his work as an apologist, devotional writer, and later children’s fiction author. He wrote over forty books including Mere Christianity, Miracles, Till We Have Faces, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Ransom Trilogy. As a powerful Protestant scholar and public intellectual who combined deep insight, historical perspective, and resolute orthodoxy with winsome, articulate, and persuasive presentations of Christian truth before a watching world, C.S. Lewis embodies the Davenant Institute’s vision of Christian humanism.
As Davenant seeks to RETRIEVE THE RICHES OF CLASSICAL PROTESTANTISM TO RENEW AND BUILD UP THE CONTEMPORARY CHURCH, we want to honor those who, following in Lewis’s footsteps, courageously confront the weighty intellectual challenges facing modern Christians. The C.S. Lewis Award for Christian Wisdom, accordingly, will be given each year to a Christian scholar or public intellectual who has made a signal recent contribution to Protestant faith and thought by demonstrating (1) broad historical perspective, (2) wise insight into contemporary challenges, and (3) persuasive and irenic articulation of much-needed truths.
Dinner and program
First-ever recipient of the C.S. Award for Christian Wisdom
Carl R. Trueman is Professor of Biblical & Religious Studies at Grove City College and a fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program. Trueman is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge (M.A.) and Aberdeen (Ph.D) and has taught at the University of Nottingham, University of Aberdeen, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His academic work has focused on Reformation and post-Reformation Protestantism, Marxism and critical theory, and the thought of Charles Taylor. His recent work on “expressive individualism,” first in The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self (Crossway, 2020), and then for a wider audience in Strange New World (Crossway, 2022), introduced many readers for the first time to the intellectual undercurrents behind the radical new understandings of sexuality and the human condition that have upended our churches and our politics. Rise and Triumph won acclaim as “without question one of the most important religious books of the decade” (Rod Dreher) and Strange New World has garnered similar praise, with Andrew Klavan calling it “an essential primer on how the world went mad.”
Dr. Trueman has been a long-time friend of the Davenant Institute, serving as a member of our Board of Advisors during our early years and as the keynote speaker at our Fourth Annual Convivium Irenicum in 2016.
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The Table Sponsor level includes six tickets to the dinner. The Inklings’ Circle includes six tickets to the dinner and an invitation to a private reception with Dr. Trueman for the sponsor and guests. Both sponsorship levels also include recognition in the program.
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