"Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?"

Summer 2019 Schedule

This Summer we will offer our two-week Protestant Wisdom Program at the Davenant House (Lake Lanier, SC), led by Dr. Alastair Roberts and hosted by Michael and Lynette Hughes.

July 29 – August 10, 2019: Protestant Wisdom Summer Program: a ten-day study program in Christian wisdom and faithful citizenship.

Your Teacher

Dr. Alastair Roberts is a Teaching Fellow of the Theopolis Institute and the Davenant Institute, a leading evangelical blogger and writer, and one of the hosts of the Mere Fidelity podcast. He has lectured in Christian Ethics at London Seminary, and is author of two books from Crossway Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture (2018) and, Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes (forthcoming 2019). He blogs at www.alastairadversaria.com and also serves as Editor of the Politics of Scripture section of Political Theology Today.

Where?

ON THE WEST COAST?

You might be interested in our Lake Tahoe Summer Program (details and schedule forthcoming)

Christian Wisdom

Tired of Easy Answers to Hard Questions?

For all the good that has come of “Christian worldview” discipleship in recent decades, too often it has relied on polemic generalizations, caricatures, and easy answers. This keeps those in its school dependent on being fed superficial talking points, rather than training them to be attentive to the fine-grained complexity of created reality.

Wisdom, unlike worldview, cannot be downloaded from a server or acquired from a video course. It requires a retrieval of the lost art of conversation and the cultivation of intellectually rich friendship. Wisdom is a gathering of truth in love of God, so as to embody and radiate it to the world. It comes from possessing the principles of reality in the mind, illuminated by the Spirit-filled heart, and for the sake of the knowledge of God and glorifying Him. It makes free men and women capable of prudence and virtuous practice who can lead in their communities as servant heroes.

This is the vision for Davenant House.

The Davenant House Protestant Wisdom Summer Programs are designed to help train Christian undergraduates, grad students, and seminarians in Christian wisdom so that they can serve and lead the church and their local communities. Students come to live together, work together, eat, pray, and read together, and above all converse together. Each day consists of morning and evening prayer, time allocated for gardening, cooking, or manual labor on the property, communal meals, designated times for quiet reading and study, lectures, and seminars for Socratic discussion of key texts. The programs are held at Davenant House, a property located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina. 

 

CORE THEMES

THE FIVE THEMES OF DAVENANT HOUSE PROGRAMS

Bible and Core Dogmatics

Sure, you’ve studied the Bible before, but do you understand the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, new creation? Do you have a sense for which doctrines are central to Protestant faith and which are peripheral. Gain a firmer grounding in your faith through readings from Martin Luther, John Calvin, Zacharias Ursinus, Al Wolters and Todd Billings.

Principles of Christian Philosophy

Given that God equipped us with the gift of reason and called us to the vocation of knowing the world, how is it that we come to knowledge and what can we know? And how, on the Christian view, can an infinite God relate himself to a finite creation? Explore the answers to these foundational questions through readings from Thomas Aquinas, Richard Hooker, Stephen Clark, and Pierre-Marie Emonet.

A Christian Natural Philosophy

So many conflicts today center on the relationship between the data of faith and the data of empirical science, but few pause to consider the more fundamental questions of a philosophy of nature that should help orient both faith and science in their approach to the physical world. Christians of the past thought deeply about the meaning of the natural world and how best to understand its workings. Discover this older, richer understanding of the cosmos through readings of Richard Hooker, Stephen Clark, E.A. Burtt and C.S. Lewis.

Ethics and the Challenge of Modernity

Nowhere has modernity’s assault on the foundations of a Christian understanding of the world been fiercer than in the realm of ethics, and few Christians have been equipped with the tools to resist this assault. Learn how a Christian philosophy of nature anchors a Christian understanding of moral order through readings of Richard Hooker, C.S. Lewis, and Oliver O’Donovan.

Ultimately, Davenant House is about drawing together the wisdom of the Christian intellectual tradition, the unique beauty of Davenant House’s surrounding geography, and the riches of good conversation between friends. It is the accumulated effect of all these things that, with the aid of the spirit, produces wise Christian citizens who have been transformed by divine grace and will be equipped to serve their local communities.

Politics and Faithful Citizenship

As the Religious Right politics that has sustained evangelicalism for three decades has crumbled, Christians are more confused than ever about what their faith means in the public square. Gain new perspective through readings of political theologians of the past and present, including Richard Hooker, Johannes Althusius, John Ruskin, Emil Brunner, and Oliver O’Donovan.

THE EXPERIENCE

OUR FACILITY AND PROGRAMS

“The combination of rest, fellowship, work, worship, study, lectures, and discussion were deeply gratifying and beneficial to me at a very personal level, and I should think other people would feel the same way. . . . I have to say I thought the program was beautifully constructed and executed. Thank you for helping provide one of the better experiences of my life.”
—David Larson, North Dakota

Full room and board at our beautiful property are provided as part of our summer programs, so we encourage students to be residential for the full experience, although a limited number of commuter students will be accepted. Days will begin and end with prayer together, friendships will be strengthened through times of working together to maintain the beautiful woodland property, and there will be plenty of free time for reading, meditation, and walks in the woods.  Students must be 18 or older to participate. Below you will find details for this year’s programs.

“Alastair was fantastic. He was both magisterial and approachable. He made the work of Theology something much less abstract than had been taught to me before.”

William Hall

“The Davenant House has all the ingredients for a stimulating period of intellectual and spiritual growth: excellent books, stirring conversations, homemade meals, stunning nature vistas, and a commitment to pursue wisdom together through communal work, reasoning, and recreation. I’ve never experienced such a unified curricula, where each week—drawing on Aristotle, Aquinas, Calvin, and post-Reformation theologians—built upon the last and the selected texts incrementally brought us closer to the real, enduring, and solid principles of life in God’s world.”

Jonathan Kuo, California

“I did not expect that I would enjoy the program as much as I did. The best part was getting to know the other people. I made great friends while reading great books and working in the woods. Two weeks of almost constant laughter.”

Graham Sommers, Minnesota

Protestant Wisdom Study Program

July 29-August 10

This program will offer something of an intellectual crash course in how to be an intelligent, faithful and historically-grounded Protestant in the twenty-first century. Beginning with a grounding in key biblical themes and Protestant doctrines, the program will continue with explorations of the four other core themes described above: Philosophy, Natural Philosophy, Ethics, and Politics. Featuring readings, lectures, and discussion seminars each day, it will provide an intense but rewarding time of intellectual stimulation, laying a foundation for faithful Christian discipleship in the modern world, rooted in the wisdom of the past. Click here to see the full reading list.

The cost for attending the program is $799 for residential students, $599 for commuter students. For residential students, their payment will include all of their room and board for the period of their stay. Although we encourage students to be residential for the full experience, a limited number of commuter students will be accepted. Some scholarships are available for students for whom the cost is prohibitive. Early applicants (by April 10) receive a 20% discount.

50% of tuition is payable after your application is accepted and is refundable through May 31; the other 50% is payable on arrival.

“The session times of lecture and discussion truly changed my perspective and opened my eyes in a number of ways I did not expect. The Davenant Institute is doing some great and inspirational work!”

Drew Lund

“The Church, now as always, needs open discussion of important, intellectual issues, as well as active collaboration and fellowship among Christians in advancing the mission of the Church, and the Davenant House is a good effort towards that direction.”

Angie Tang, New York

“Being instructed in Theology as a discipline by someone who does it professionally…exceeded my expectations.”

William Hall

APPLY NOW

If you have any questions about our programs that aren’t answered here on the site, or would like to inquire about a scholarship for the summer programs, don’t hesitate to contact us using this link.

Apply for a Davenant Summer Program

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After we receive your form and your references, we will let you know as soon as possible of your admittance into the program. At that point, a 50% payment deposit will be due within two weeks to secure your place.