First Annual Davenant Award Banquet


Carl Trueman

Speaking on “Prometheus Unbound, Man Abolished


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.


6:00 PM

VIP reception

6:30 PM

General reception

7:30 PM

Dinner and program

9:30 PM

Event concludes

“The task of the Christian is not to whine about the moment in which he or she lives but to understand its problems and respond appropriately to them.”

Carl Trueman, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
Our Speaker

Carl Trueman

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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