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Second Annual Denver Regional Convivium Irenicum

March 2 - March 3

Free - $25

The Law Written on Our Hearts:

A Protestant Retrieval of Natural Law

Once maligned (or more often ignored) by Protestants as a Roman Catholic doctrine rooted in autonomous pagan reason, the idea of natural law has undergone a vigorous renaissance in Protestant circles over the past decade or so. Historians have recognzed that it held an integral place in the thought of the Reformers and the earlier Protestant tradition, ethicists have found it invaluable for describing the shape and basis of Christian moral reasoning, and political theologians have enthusiastically laid hold of it as a tool to enable meaningful public deliberation and co-existence with our non-Christian neighbors.

But numerous questions still face the Protestant natural law theorist: does Protestant natural law have a unique character, or is it taken over wholesale from the Catholic Thomistic tradition—and if the latter, which Thomistic tradition? How does natural law relate to special revelation, and to the Biblical covenants? To what extent can natural law actually help us resolve moral disagreements or frame good laws?

David VanDrunen

Bradford Littlejohn

Join us for a vigorous discussion sponsored by the Davenant Institute, which has been a leader in the Protestant retrieval of natural law, and including speakers David VanDrunen, perhaps the most prominent conservative Reformed voice in recent debates over these questions, and Bradford Littlejohn, the president of the Davenant Institute.



Friday, March 2nd

6:30-7:00 PM: Light refreshments served.

7:00-8:00 PM: “Why Protestant Christianity Needs a Theology of Natural Law” (David VanDrunen, Westminster Seminary California)

8:00-9:00 PM: “Natural Law as Nature and as Law: Reformed Refractions of the Thomist Tradition” (Bradford Littlejohn, The Davenant Institute)

Saturday, March 3rd

9:00-9:15 AM: Coffee and light refreshments served
9:15-10:15 AM: “Locke and the Rationality of Faith” (Mark Boespflug, University of Colorado)
10:30-11:30 AM: “Thomas Reid and Scottish Common Sense Realism” (Michael J. Plato, Colorado Christian University”
11:30-12:45 PM: Lunch (provided)
12:45-1:45 PM: “Self-Preservation and Suicide: Stoic Views of Natural Law and Augustine’s Response” (Caleb Cohoe, Metropolitan State University of Denver)
2:00-3:30 PM: Cross-examination and Panel discussion (David VanDrunen, Bradford Littlejohn, and local scholars)

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March 2
March 3
Free - $25
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Colorado Christian University, Leprino Hall, Room 170
Leprino Hall 170 180 S. Garrison St
Lakewood, CO 80226 United States
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