A Center for the Retrieval of Christian Wisdom

Covid-19 Update:

We ARE planning to run the Protestant Wisdom Foundations Program from July 27-August 7!
See the course page for more details and registration deadlines.

Due to COVID-19 and related measures to limit the spread, all of our May and June events including Sojourn, the Philosophy Capstone Course, Davenant Discussions, the National Convivium and the Latin Intensive have been cancelled. 

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Past Davenant Discussions

 Here you will find media from some of our previous Davenant Discussions. Of course, our time together included more than just these talks and a recording is nowhere near as good as participating in the discussion in person, but the content is too good not too share and we hope this taste will inspire you to come experience a discussion in person.

Why Believe the Bible? with Rev. Michael Spangler

Michael Spangler is currently working on translating from the Latin van Mastricht’s Theologica theoretico-practico, a comprehensive manual of exegesis, dogmatics, elenctics, and practice, a mature and wholesome example of late 17th-century Reformed Orthodoxy. Jonathan Edwards said of it, “Take Mastricht for divinity in general, doctrine, practice and controversy, or as an universal system of divinity; and it is much better than Turretin or any other book in the world, excepting the Bible, in my opinion.”

Rev. Spangler’s three talks were informative and practical. Translating von Mastricht is one of the most important retrievals of our time. Volumes 1 and 2 of the Theoretical-Practical Theology have already been published with four more volumes to follow. You can purchase them here from Heritage Books.

Theoretical-Practical Theology and the Bible: Mastricht’s life, his Theoretical-Practical Theology, and its chapter on Scripture.

In the Arena with the Bible’s Enemies: Mastricht’s methodical defense of Scripture’s truth and divine authority.

Defending the Bible in Your Own Life: Mastricht’s wise counsel for Christian apologetics today.

Ecclesiastes: Life in a Fallen World with Dr. Ben Shaw

Dr. Ben Shaw’s commentary on Ecclesiastes was recently published by Banner of Truth. Drawing on his expertise as a Hebrew scholar, Dr. Shaw shows that answers to questions on living in a fallen world as redeemed people are to be found in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Shaw’s book is designed for non-specialists and sheds light on its message for all who are willing to listen to its wisdom. You can purchase a copy here from Banner of Truth. 

Dr. Shaw shared 3 lectures along with much wisdom in the discussions we had following each one. 

Where in the (Intellectual) World is Ecclesiastes? From What Perspective Ought we to Read this Book?

Impermanence and Permanence: Living in an Ever-changing/Never-changing World

Life in Fullness: Where Ecclesiastes Takes Us

“There were other joys to be found in their company which still more powerfully captivated my mind – the charms of talking and laughing together and kindly giving way to each other’s wishes, reading elegantly written books together, sharing jokes and delighting to honour one another, disagreeing occasionally but without rancour, as a person might disagree with himself, and lending piquancy by that rare disagreement to our much more frequent accord. We would teach and learn from each other, sadly missing any who were absent and blithely welcoming them when they returned.”

Augustine, Confessions IV.8.13