The Jesuits Cannot Be Good Subjects
A Look at John Davenant’s Political Theology
Dr. Michael Lynch
A FREE ZOOM LECTURE + Q&A
Thursday February 15, 2024
John Davenant is a long neglected Reformation figure, whose work on hypothetical universalism has had a renaissance. But what about his political theology?
Explore John Davenant’s nuanced views of the ways that control ought to be provided to civil authorities and to religious authorities. In this way, Davenant provides contrast between his own beliefs and those of the Roman Catholic church.
When you register for this lecture, you’ll get to join Teaching Fellow Michael Lynch on an exploration of John Davenant’s political theology in his early modern English context. Using lectures Davenant gave at Cambridge during his professorship and Davenant’s untranslated Latin treatise on the Judge of Controversies, Lynch will explain how Davenant conceived of magisterial jurisdiction relative to ecclesiastical jurisdiction and in opposition to Roman Catholic political theology.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A time.
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8:00-9:00 Pm ET:
LECTURE: “The Jesuits Cannot Be Good Subjects: A Look at John Davenant’s Political Theology” by Dr. Michael Lynch
9:00-9:30 Pm ET:
TEACHING FELLOW AT THE DAVENANT INSTITUTE
Dr. Michael Lynch (Ph.D. Calvin Seminary) teaches Ancient Language and Humanities at Delaware Valley Classical School in New Castle, DE. He is the author of John Davenant’s Hypothetical Universalism: A Defense of Catholic and Reformed Orthodoxy. He and his wife have five children, three girls and two boys.
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