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2018 Convivium Irenicum

May 30 @ 8:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm

May 30-June 2  &  June 6-9, 2018
Lake Lanier, SC

Our annual Convivium Irenicum gathering at Davenant House in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina serves as a microcosm of the Davenant Institute’s mission, and, for many of our attendees, as the capstone to each academic year. For three days we do much more than present and listen to papers—we eat together, drink together, worship together, discuss abstruse philosophical questions, hard pastoral challenges, and our favorite new movies together as we walk through the woods or recline on the porch. We bring together not merely scholars and grad students, but pastors and other church leaders, and even businessmen and public servants. Together, we explore what it means to retrieve the wisdom of our Protestant and catholic past for the sake of our church and nation today.

This year, we will be exploring the widely-discussed, but frequently ambiguous topic of “Reformed catholicity,” asking how we can recover the wholeness of the church’s history and contemporary breadth without sacrificing the wholeness of Scripture’s witness, how we can maximize charity without sacrificing clarity and truth. In particular, we will seek to engage with recent projects like Peter Leithart’s “Reformational Catholicism” and Kevin Vanhoozer’s “Mere Protestant Christianity,” and compare them to historical exemplars of “Reformed catholicity.”

Our plenary speaker will be Dr. Michael Allen of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, presenting on “The Central Dogma: Order and Principles for Reformed Catholicity.” He is the author (with Scott R. Swain) of Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015) and editor (with Scott R. Swain) of Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016), along with numerous other books, the most recent of which is Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life in God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).

Other writers and leaders within the Davenant network, including Dr. Bradford Littlejohn and Dr. Alastair Roberts, will also be presenting papers and leading panels. We welcome paper submissions from all attendees on historical and normative topics related to this year’s theme. Please view the full Call for Papers here.


Register on the National Convivium page here.



May 30 @ 8:00 am
June 2 @ 5:00 pm
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