Primer on Protestant Philosophy, Ethics, and Politics

A One-Week Intensive Course by The Davenant Institute

July 31-August 4, 2017

Come and join us this summer at beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene for five days of intensive study into the intellectual foundations for faithful Protestant public witness and citizenship.

As Protestantism celebrates her 500th birthday this year, many are wondering just how enthusiastically we should celebrate. In recent years, a series of intellectually fashionable narratives have alleged that the Reformation gave us the disenchanted world of modernity—weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable—not to mention the rampant individualism that has sapped the foundations of public morality and justice. And given the shallowness and historical rootlessness of much modern evangelicalism, the charges seem to stick.

In this intensive five-day primer (July 31- August 4th, 2017) taught by leading evangelical blogger and writer Dr. Alastair J. Roberts, students will dig deeper into the intellectual riches of their faith to discover a Protestantism more rooted in the classical and catholic traditions and more able to confront the challenges of modernity. Orienting lectures from Dr. Roberts, and readings from E.A. Burtt, C.S. Lewis, Richard Hooker, John Ruskin, and Oliver O’Donovan will serve as the foundation for wide-ranging Socratic discussions in which students will be encouraged to bring their own questions and hammer out answers in charitable discussion and debate. Days will begin and end with prayer and worship, and meals will be prepared and enjoyed together.

During your spare time, enjoy the lake at its best time of year and the vibrant resort town of Coeur d’Alene nearby.

Your Instructor


Dr. Alastair Roberts is a leading evangelical blogger and writer, and one of the hosts of the Mere Fidelity podcast. He is lecturing in Christian Ethics at London Seminary, and is author of two books forthcoming from Crossway, Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes and Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture. He blogs at and also serves as Editor of the Politics of Scripture section of Political Theology Today.

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Academic Credit:

Students wishing to receive directed study or elective credit for this program may do so through Moody Bible Institute or New Saint Andrews College. They will be required not merely to complete readings and participate actively in discussions, but to submit a reading journal on all reading assignments and write a 1,200-1,500-word essay applying the insights of the course to a contemporary apologetic, moral, or political challenge.

Who Can Enroll?

Anyone 18 or older who is prepared to do the readings and participate actively in discussions.

Want to Join?

Participants are encouraged to stay at the lake-house for the five days and four nights of the program to build camaraderie. Register at the Residential rate to receive full room and board for this period. However, those living within driving distance can register at the Commuter rate and drive in each day to participate in all class sessions.

Both rates are discounted 20% until May 31, so register soon!