Ryan M. Hurd
Dr. Michael Lynch
Systematics, Church History
Dr. Patrick Stefan
Dr. David Haines
Dr. Matthew Hoskin
Dr. Anthony Cirilla
FLEXIBLE. AFFORDABLE. GOSPEL-CENTERED.
Building a new Christian republic of letters in a digital age.
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In the wake of the great retrieval that was the Protestant Reformation, a rekindled light of learning was kept burning by the diligent use of both old media and new. Scholars, teachers, and statesmen around Europe used the old-fashioned epistle and the new powers of the printing press to forge a collaborative enterprise of mutual learning and teaching to build up both the church and the commonwealth: the "Republic of Letters," as it came to be called. While often formalized in new institutions and journals, this brotherhood transcended any particular institutional walls and laid the foundations of our modern world. Unfortunately, in our own time, both church and world, both right and left have been abandoning this humane learning, either retreating into the cave of anti-intellectualism, or barricading themselves in increasingly irrelevant institutions guarded by shibboleths and obsessed with status, credentials, and compliance forms. In this barren educational landscape, it is rare to find the confident cultivation of space for men of good will to openly wonder and move one another toward the good.
Into this valley of dry bones, the internet has descended, at once destabilizing and invigorating. Like it or not, the new tools of communication are here to stay, like the printing press before them. But we can only use them well if we build, like the old Republic of Letters before us, on the foundations of friendship and discipleship. This is the challenge that Davenant Hall is taking up.
Davenant Hall combines the rich theological and moral vision of Reformed Catholic orthodoxy with a self-conscious desire to create unique modern expressions of the old Republic of Letters. To that end, we advance and renew Christian wisdom for the digital age, harnessing the new powers of the internet to offer effective and flexible online instruction, and the old practices of community and mentorship to seek wisdom together through discipleship retreats and residential intensives at our Davenant House property. Taking these together, Davenant Hall allows students to engage the great tradition in order to mature and grow into whatever vocation God has given them. This curriculum affords students the opportunity to work through texts with guides who can enable students to more deeply know God’s two books, and themselves, in a way that moves them toward the mastery of wisdom: the effective grasp of Word and world, and the ability to see all things in the radiance the eternal Logos whose light enlightens all men and who can be found by those who seek Him.
Do I need to be a graduate student or seminarian to participate?
No, in fact, you do not need to currently belong to an academic institution at all. Undergraduate students, pastors, teachers, and independent scholars are welcome as well.
How is the current program different from the 2019-20 Davenant Hall?
If you participated in (or considered participating in) a Davenant Hall course during the 2019-20 academic year, you will notice a few key differences: 1) Classes are now 2 hrs./wk. instead of 1 hr./wk.; (2) Whereas in past, all students were what we are now calling “Auditors,” we now have a for-credit option which involves graded coursework; (3) All classes will now be offered through an online learning management system.
Some things have not changed, though: our focus is still on keeping bells and whistles to a minimum, keeping the cost to you extremely low, and bringing you the very best instructors to serve as guides and companions on your journey into wisdom.
Do I need to apply?
If you want to participate as a degree-seeking student in either our Certificate or M.Litt program, then yes, you do, although the application process is very straightforward. Apply here for the Certificate, here for the M.Litt. If you are participating as an auditor or just want to take individual classes for credit now (which could later be applied to the Certificate or M.Litt), then no, you can just register for individual courses.
Are there any prerequisites?
Not generally, although certain individual classes may require certain other classes as prerequisites. All classes are open to students 18 years old and above who are capable of deep reading, charitable engagement, and coherent writing (though of course students will be expected to grow in these skills through participation).
What is the time commitment?
The standard format for all online courses will be 10 weeks, 2 hrs/wk. Credit-seeking students should plan on spending roughly 4 hrs./wk. on average outside of class for each online course. Full-time students should plan on enrolling on five classes each term (no less than four, no more than six).
How do the live classes work?
All of our live classes use industry-leading videoconferencing software, either Zoom or Google Meets. Recordings of each class session, including any “whiteboards” or screen-shares, will be made available for students who were unable to make a particular class meeting.
Does it matter what time zone I am in?
It is important that for-credit students be able to participate in most of the live classes, although auditors may participate via recordings only if desired. It is our goal to schedule live class times that will fit within normal waking hours for all enrolled students, wherever they live on the globe, though obviously the times will be more convenient for some than others. After the registration deadline, students will be polled to determine suitable class meeting times, and the time that works best for all participants will be selected. If the resulting time does not work for you, you will have the option of (a) switching to auditor and watching recordings, (b) switching to a different course, (c) receiving a full refund.
How do the residential courses work?
Residential intensive courses will run for two weeks in the summer and should be considered full-time commitments during. Davenant Discipleship Weeks will be scheduled with each student during either the Christmas break or the period between the end of Trinity Term and the Residential Intensives.
Is there a drop/add date?
We will not normally be allowing students to join one of the classes after the registration deadlines for each course. Students needing to drop a class within the first three weeks can have their tuition 100% credited toward a subsequent course.
Are scholarships available?
At present, no. We have made an effort to price these classes at rock-bottom levels, so that cost will not be an obstacle to most students. Moreover, students who complete the M.Litt will be eligible for generous scholarships from the Davenant Institute toward future graduate study.
Is your program currently accredited?
Davenant Hall is not currently accredited by any outside agency, although we believe our courses and our program as a whole conform to high standards of professional qualification, academic rigor, and student assessment. As the program grows and becomes more well-established, we plan to build relationships with other academic institutions to have our courses and degrees recognized for transfer credit or advanced standing.
Can I receive credit toward a degree at another institution?
Our program is brand-new, but the Davenant Institute has excellent relationships with numerous institutions of higher education, at the undergraduate, graduate, and seminary levels, and will be working over the coming year to establish transfer-credit arrangements with such institutions. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of such an arrangement with your current institution, please contact Colin Redemer, our Provost, at [email protected]
How do Davenant Hall courses relate to Davenant Language Institute courses?
Students pursuing the M.Litt will be required to take Davenant Language courses as par of fulfilling their degree requirements; Certificate students are encouraged to do so as electives. Currently, Davenant Language courses are 15-week, 3-hour courses, while Davenant Hall courses are 10-week, 2-hour courses. Beginning Fall 2021, we expect to have Davenant Language courses fully integrated into the new Davenant Hall framework.
See more about our language offerings here.