A Center for the Retrieval of Christian Wisdom

Protestant Wisdom Capstone Course

Philosophy of Law and the Natural Law Tradition

a five-day deep dive into neglected elements of the church’s engagement with philosophy to be better equipped to take every thought captive

Davenant Hall Students: If you are pursuing the M.Litt degree, participation in this residential Capstone Course counts for 2 elective credits. 

June 7-11, 2021

Please plan your flight to arrive on the afternoon or evening of June 6th


Bible and Core Dogmatics


Principles of Christian Philosophy


A Christian natural philosophy


Ethics and the challenge of modernity


politics and faithful citizenship

This program is designed for students who have previously participated in the Protestant Wisdom Study Program or college graduates looking for a deep dive into neglected elements of the church’s intellectual witness and seeking to be better equipped to take every thought captive.

We will be diving into Divine Law and Human Nature, Hooker, ed. Littlejohn; Minos, Plato; The Laws of Plato, trans. Thomas L. Pangle (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988); and Thomas Aquinas, Treatise on Law, trans. Alfred J. Freddoso (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2009)

The course will be conducted as a conversational inquiry into the nominated texts. Primary attention will be paid to the ways in which Hooker (as the representative of the Protestant tradition) fits with the classical and catholic tradition. St. Thomas and Plato will provide the bulk of our reading for reasons well-expressed by Josef Pieper: Thomas [and to a lesser extent Plato] effaces himself to the end that the intelligibility of the tradition may show clear. Whether the reason thus stated justifies the course’s conduct is a determination each student must make for her or himself.

Early Bird Cost: $375 (until April 24)

After April 24: $500



Dates: June 7-11, 2021

Taught by Colin Redemer

Colin Chan Redemer is the Vice President of the Davenant Institute as well as one of our Teaching Fellows. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. He loves teaching on the intersection between History, Philosophy, Literature, and Christianity. His writing has appeared in the Englewood Review of Books, Evansville Review, Sojourners Magazine, The Federalist, and the Tampa Review. He lives in community with his wife, kids, and fellow church members, in Oakland, California.