Category: Conferences and Events

  • Protestantism or Identity Politics: Combatting an American Heresy

    Protestantism or Identity Politics: Combatting an American Heresy

    As the “great awokening” has upended American politics and society in recent years, few observers have offered a richer and more insightful analysis of its profoundly religious logic than Dr. Joshua Mitchell. Having lost its faith in Christ’s atonement, late modern society has sought to expunge its sins by exalting the guiltless victims of identity politics. The result is a new creed that can only be displaced by a revival of authentic Christian faith.

  • Education and the Kingdom of God: Convivium Irenicum 2021 Write-Up

    Education and the Kingdom of God: Convivium Irenicum 2021 Write-Up

    A write-up of the 2021 National Convivium Irenicum on “Education and the Kingdom of God”

  • The Inklings Event We Don’t Need… and the One We Do

    The Inklings Event We Don’t Need… and the One We Do

    Last summer in Oxford England in a pub The Inklings Symposium was conceived. I was an attendee at a conference on C. S. Lewis which shall remain nameless. It was a conference I later came to learn that my friend and fellow Lewis scholar, Jason Lepojarvi, has called a prime example of “Jacksploitation.”

  • A Recap of the Protestant Wisdom Primer

    A Recap of the Protestant Wisdom Primer

    The 2018 Protestant Wisdom Primer went well, with students appreciating the retreat atmosphere as well as the reading and guidance of Dr. Alastair Roberts.

  • “A Unique, Edifying, Soul-Stirring, and Intellectually Invigorating Conference”

    “A Unique, Edifying, Soul-Stirring, and Intellectually Invigorating Conference”

    Earlier this month we had our sixth annual Convivium Irenicum, held in upstate South Carolina near Greenville. As in previous years, we enjoyed a mixture of new people and long-time attendees and were blessed by an engaging keynote speaker and rich conversation around the conference’s theme. This year Dr. Michael Allen of RTS-Orlando was our keynote and the topic was “reformed catholicity.” The urgency of the topic should be apparent: In a day of fracturing religious communities, a proper grounding in ecclesiology is essential. Dr. Allen, along with our other presenters, helped us toward that understanding over several days of convening.

  • The Convivium Irenicum and Reformed Catholicity

    The Convivium Irenicum and Reformed Catholicity

    Before I came to my first Convivium Irenicum a few years ago I remember wondering what the event would be like. Before getting involved with Davenant, my only experience in a reformed church was in the PCA. I had never been in an OPC church or an ARP church or a CRC church or even any sort of evangelical Anglican church. That said, even in the PCA I had already found that the reputation Reformed Christians had for polemics and struggling to get on with each other was deserved. Given that, I was a bit nervous as I boarded the plane to fly down to Greenville. If we have fights just within the PCA, what will it be like to throw together a bunch of Anglicans, Presbyterians, Dutch Reformed, and Reformed Baptists into a single space for a weekend?

  • A Summary of the Church Authority Convivium in Washington DC

    A Summary of the Church Authority Convivium in Washington DC

    Western Christians find themselves forced to navigate many different quandaries in the modern world. This assertion is not generally considered to be controversial. Controversy quickly ensues, however, when Christians attempt to more finely identify and address these challenges. In recent times, one frequently discussed item has related to a presumed “crisis of authority” afflicting (especially) the American church. What is this crisis? And does a renewed emphasis on the authority of the institutional church help us navigate through it?

  • Mr. Grotius Goes to Washington

    Mr. Grotius Goes to Washington

    A funny thing happened a couple weeks ago in Washington, D.C. On a Friday night not far from the city’s most boozy blocks near Adam’s Morgan, a dozen or so Protestant and Roman Catholic scholars, practitioners, and aspiring practitioner-scholars gathered to discuss a great text and its relevance to the political and intellectual life of the West. The text was The Laws of War and Peace, the magnum opus of Dutch Reformed thinker Hugo Grotius, who is often credited as the father of international law.

  • Protestant Wisdom Summer Program 2017

    Protestant Wisdom Summer Program 2017

    From June 6th through 17th this year, seven students gathered from four countries to participate in Davenant’s first ever Intensive Protestant Wisdom Summer Program (a shortened version of last year’s Five-Week Program).   Taught by Dr. Alastair Roberts, a leading evangelical blogger and writer from the United Kingdom, this program sought to help train Christian […]

  • The Davenant Trust Comes to DC: Announcing a Regional Convivium on National Security

    The Davenant Trust Comes to DC: Announcing a Regional Convivium on National Security

    We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding our Third Mid-Atlantic Regional Convivium Irenicum, and our first ever in Washington, DC, examining the theme, “Christian Love and National Interest: A Protestant Ethic of National Security.” The event will be held on April 21-22 at Redeeming Grace Church of Fairfax, VA, and will […]