Second Annual Denver Regional Convivium Irenicum
March 2 - March 3Free - $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?
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)