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  • Davenant Trust Adopts Peter Martyr Society

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    Davenant Trust Adopts Peter Martyr Society

    You can read a brief history of the Peter Martyr Society here. Last week, after several months of discussions between the officers of each organization, the Peter Martyr Society presented a formal request to be adopted by the Davenant Trust, placing its current assets under the administration of Davenant and its future projects under the…

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  • A Brief History of the Peter Martyr Society

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    A Brief History of the Peter Martyr Society

    As part of the Davenant Trust’s recent adoption of the Peter Martyr Society we have asked PMS President Torrance Kirby of McGill University to write a brief history of the society in general and of recent Peter Martyr scholarship. That history is below:

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  • Announcing a New Project to Translate Vermigli’s Common Places

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    Announcing a New Project to Translate Vermigli’s Common Places

    As Protestants this year remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, they will understandably focus on the legacy of Martin Luther and other big-name Reformers. However, it is to be hoped that this anniversary will also help rekindle interest in figures that were, at the time, hardly less significant to the formulation of Protestant doctrine…

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  • How to Study the Reformation

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    How to Study the Reformation

    What sort of person enrolls in a class in Reformation studies? It is a seemingly easy audience to profile. For those few programs which offer such a course, we expect it would be required for any student pursuing a degree in Christian history or theology; for young Reformed individuals who desire a deeper understanding of…

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  • Why You Should Care About Peter Martyr Vermigli

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    Why You Should Care About Peter Martyr Vermigli

    We tend to operate with an implicit Darwinian cynicism when it comes to the history of ideas—if someone or something has been consigned to the dustbin of history, there’s probably, we suspect, a good reason for it. At the very least, we figure, theology seems to be doing just fine without the contributions of this…

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  • Peter Martyr Vermigli: The Forgotten Reformer

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    Peter Martyr Vermigli: The Forgotten Reformer

    Chris Castaldo chronicles the remarkable life and work of the extraordinary forgotten Reformer, Peter Martyr Vermigli.

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  • Dialogue on the Two Natures in Christ

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    Dialogue on the Two Natures in Christ

    The doctrine of the person of Christ—fully God and fully man—sits at the center of Christian theology, and also at the center of the long rift between the Reformed and Lutheran branches of the Protestant Reformation. Triggered by growing disputes over Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, leading Protestant theologians sought to parse more carefully the…

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  • Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

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    Philosophical Works: On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology

    Throughout the history of Christianity, the relationship of philosophy and theology has been fraught with conflict and tension, but it is a conflict that no faithful Christian can ignore. At every period of church history, leading scholars and teachers of Scripture have also sought to compare and reconcile the Word of God with what can…

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  • The Oxford Treatise and Disputation On the Eucharist

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    The Oxford Treatise and Disputation On the Eucharist

    Few issues in the Reformation provoked so much controversy—or spilled so much blood—as debates over the Eucharist. For the Roman Catholic Church, the doctrine of transubstantiation was not merely based in Scripture and rooted in tradition and official church teaching; it was the keystone of the whole sacramental system through which the Church claimed spiritual…

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  • Predestination and Justification: Two Theological Loci

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    Predestination and Justification: Two Theological Loci

    How does a gracious God save stubborn sinners? We cannot answer this question without delving into two of the most challenging and hard-fought doctrines in Christian theology: predestination and justification. Both doctrines played a crucial role in the Protestant Reformation, provoking conflicts not merely between the Reformers and Rome but also within the ranks of…

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