Ad fontes, “to the sources,” was a rallying cry of the Reformation. The Reformers bequeathed to us a heritage, rooted in the Scriptures and their wide-ranging humanistic studies, which sought to address the hard questions of theology, philosophy, and culture in a way that was true to the revelation of God’s word and God’s world. Through this journal, we aim to channel this ethos into a modern context, seeking to explore our questions alongside the great cloud of witnesses and the many exemplars who have gone before us. The goal is to aid ourselves and our neighbors in the wise pursuit of common goods.

Ad Fontes is a quarterly journal (ordinarily, issues will publish in September, December, March, and June) built around an annual theme. The theme for 2019-20 is “A Protestant Christendom?” Each issue will feature a couple of longer articles related to the theme, plus a smattering of shorter unthemed articles, historical sketches, and book reviews.

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Volume IV, Issue 4: Summer 2020

What is fundamental to Protestant political theology, and how can such theology be applied to concrete, real-world problems? In the final issue of this year’s theme – “Protestant Christendom?” – Ad Fontes features essays addressing both questions. Bradford Littlejohn’s “The Infinite Stimulus of Greed” examines the surprising program of Protestant welfare advocated by the great Reformed theologian Martin Bucer. Bucer’s thought challenges us to examine our own assumptions about the role of the individual, the church, and the state in caring for the poor. Michael Laffin’s “Inhabiting Places of Promise” discusses the foundational role that Luther’s doctrine of the Three Estates played in his political theology. This issue of Ad Fontes also features Michael Lynch and Matthew Colvin reviewing Beyond Dordt and De Auxiliis and The Power of Resurrection respectively.


Inhabiting the Places of Promise: Martin Luther’s Teaching on the Three Estates


The Infinite Stimulus of Greed: Martin Bucer’s Reformation of Welfare


When Roman Catholics and Protestants Read Each Other: A Review of Beyond Dordt and De Auxiliis: The Dynamics of Protestant and Catholic Soteriology in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Foucault and the Hope of Resurrection: A Review of The Power of Resurrection: Foucault, Discipline, and Early Christian Resistance



Articles from Past Issues