Law and Wisdom

Featuring

Dr. Jordan J. Ballor 


Fall 2022 Carolinas Regional Convivium

Date

October 14-15, 2022

Location

Davenant House

419 Glenolden Dr. Landrum, SC 29356

Join us in the beautiful Carolina foothills for a Friday night and Saturday of fellowship, friendship, and conversation renewing Christian wisdom for the church. This is our fall rendition of our bi-annual Carolinas Regional Convivium Irenicum! 


conference theme

Law and Wisdom

“Of Law there can be no less acknowledged, than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world: all things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power, both Angels and men and creatures of what condition soever, though each in different sort and manner, yet all with uniform consent, admiring her as the mother of their peace and joy.” 

Thus declares Richard Hooker in his Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, seamlessly blending his account of the eternal law with the image of Lady Wisdom from Proverbs 8. He was hardly the first to identify the rational, law-like order by which God governs the universe with the with the biblical image of the divine wisdom through which the heavens and earth were created. And of course, the connection of law and wisdom hardly stops there. In both Psalm 19 and Psalm 119, it is the law of God that brings wisdom, and the five books of Wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures serve as something of a commentary on the five books of Law, showing what it means to live out God’s law in a perplexing and ever-changing world.

Today, legal positivism and conservative textualism have eroded the connection between law and wisdom, but it has not been broken entirely, especially in the Anglo-American common-law tradition. Judges are routinely called upon to exercise wisdom, in its many dimensions, to determine the proper meaning and application of statutes and case laws in often radically-altered social environments. Moreover, it is a crucial task of wisdom to recognize the limitations of law, and the danger of reforming law too quickly, even to address glaring injustices. Law is a fabric of limited elasticity, and if stretched too far too fast, is apt to tear.

At the Fall 2022 Carolinas Regional Convivium, our second on the broad theme of “theology and law” we invite you to join us in investigating the relationship between law and wisdom, ancient and modern.

Schedule

Friday
4:30-5:30Pm:

Arrival and check-in

5:30-6:45Pm:

Dinner is served

6:45-8:30Pm:

Welcome and keynote Lecture

8:30Pm:

Evening prayer, followed by fellowship

Saturday
7:45Am:
8:30Pm:
9:00Am-12:00PM:
12PM-1:00Pm:
1:00-4:00Pm:
4:30Pm:

Breakfast

Morning Prayer

Morning paper presentations

Lunch

Afternoon paper presentations

Departures


Our Speaker

Dr. jordan J. Ballor

Jordan J. Ballor directs the research agenda of the Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy (CRCD), which includes oversight of research publications as well as pursuit of his own scholarship, popular speaking, and writing. He has previously held research positions at the Acton Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has doctorates in Reformation history from the University of Zurich and in moral theology from Calvin Theological Seminary.


Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting a paper or leading a discussion on the theme, please submit your 200-300-word abstract to Brad Littlejohn ([email protected]) by September 1st.

SEE THE FULL CALL FOR PAPERS HERE.

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the Fall Convivium


For More details, contact Michael Hughes
[email protected]
Fall 2022 Carolinas Regional Convivium

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