AN EVENING WITH IAIN PROVAN SPONSORED BY THE DAVENANT INSTITUTE

IN DEFENSE OF PROTESTANT HERMENEUTICS

NOVEMBER 15

Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, CO - Leprino Hall, Room 170
7:00-9:30 PM

THE DAVENANT INSTITUTE

COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Many recent contributors to discussions of Protestantism and catholicity have contended that Protestant exegesis of Scripture has been lamentably out of step with the glorious tradition of patristic Scripture reading, which is grounded, it is claimed, in apostolic authority. At this special post-ETS event, the Davenant Institute will be inviting Iain Provan, who has recently published The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture, to present his riposte to these laments and vindicate the Reformers’ rejection of pre-Reformation exegesis as truly catholic and apostolic. He will argue that the magisterial Reformers were in fact correct in their judgments about the unwarranted and dangerous nature of much pre-Reformation exegesis, that these judgments themselves were grounded in patristic perspectives (that is, in tradition), and that Protestants should not welcome contemporary initiatives aimed at resurrecting such exegetical approaches.

Three scholars affiliated with the Davenant Institute will then present responses to Dr. Provan, and explore how Reformation hermeneutics should continue to inform the contemporary church, before opening up the floor for a general discussion.

Join us for an evening of lively debate and conversation on this essential topic—how to read our Bibles rightly! Admission is free but please RSVP below.

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IAIN PROVAN

Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College

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BRADFORD LITTLEJOHN

President of The Davenant Institute,
Visiting Assistant Professor Patrick Henry College

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STEVEN WEDGEWORTH

Faith Presbyterian Church, Vancouver

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ALASTAIR ROBERTS

Davenant Institute and Theopolis Institute

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CHRISTOPHER CLEVELAND

Orlando Central Baptist Church

Event Schedule

Thursday, November 15th

Moderated by Bradford Littlejohn, President of the Davenant Institute

6:40-7:00: Coffee and conversation

7:00-7:55: “On Eschewing the Labyrinth: Why Protestants Should Not Resurrect the ‘Spiritual Reading’ of Scripture” (Dr. Iain Provan, Regent College, Vancouver)

8:00-8:10: Response from Rev. Dr. Christopher Cleveland (Orlando Central Baptist Church)

8:10-8:20: Response from Rev. Steven Wedgeworth (Faith Presbyterian Church, Vancouver)

8:20-8:30: Response from Dr. Alastair Roberts (Davenant Institute and Theopolis Institute)

8:30-8:45: Dr. Provan responds to respondents

8:50-9:30: General Q&A and panel discussion


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