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 3: Spring 2020

Beneath the political failures of Christianity in our time lies historical amnesia: Protestants have forgotten how to make good laws, identify good rulers, and even teach our children well. Without knowing how to identify a good law, we are left to confusedly sort out which “biblical principles” we should try to enforce publicly. Without knowing what makes for a good ruler, we can only grope in the dark for “biblical examples” of rulers, and then compare current public officials to them. Without knowing how to teach our children, that they may become good rulers who make good laws, we consign ourselves to this cycle for decades to come.

In this Ad Fontes, Adam M. Carrington explains the crucial political importance of the virtue of prudence, and Roberta Bayer investigates early Protestant education, showing us what it means to form children well. Additionally, Samuel L. Bray writes on the phenomenon of liturgical revision and the importance of common—and stable—prayers. Finally, Rhys Laverty argues that once and future ecclesially-homeless evangelicals can find a kindred spirit in one of the greatest poets, the Protestant John Donne.


The Neglected Craft: Prudence in Reformed Political Thought


The Art of Protestant Learning


The Shape Fallacy: The Book of Common Prayer as Text


Retrieving John Donne: Companion for Conflicted Protestants



Articles from Past Issues