Davenant/Refo500 Conference on Hooker and Zanchi in Ottawa


We are excited to announce a conference this October 20-22 in Ottawa, Canada, co-sponsored by the Davenant Trust, Refo500, and the Richard Hooker Society. Hosted by First Baptist Church Ottawa, this conference, in addition to plenary lectures and short academic papers, will include an Ivison lecture open to the public, and a panel discussion on “The Relevance of Reformation Research to Christian Ministry in the 21st Century.” The theme of the conference will be “Girolamo Zanchi, Richard Hooker, and the Rise of Reformed Scholasticism.”

For many decades (if not centuries) it was fashionable to claim that the magisterial Reformation was a thoroughly anti-scholastic affair in every sense of the word, eschewing dense philosophical prolegomena for clear and direct biblical teaching, rejecting as confused and benighted the precise and elaborate theological distinctions of the medieval Schoolmen, and rejecting the long legacy of Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics and ethics for voluntarism and Stoicism. Against this putatively anti-scholastic backdrop, some figures, such as Richard Hooker (1553/4-1600), stood out in sharp relief as strangely sui generis, while others that did not fit the narrative, such as Peter Martyr Vermigli (1498-1562) and his protegé, Girolamo Zanchi (1516-90), were quietly nudged off the stage. Read more…