Friday, October 15, 2010

2010 Westminster Conference

You can download the conference brochure here.

Tuesday 7th December

THE ENGLISH REFORMATION TODAY: REVISE, REVERSE, OR REVERT?

GARRY WILLIAMS

What are we to make of the revisionist rewriting of the history of the English Reformation? Can we now conclude that the causes that necessitated the Reformation in the sixteenth century no longer merit separation from Rome? What would it mean not to revise or reverse, but to revert to the English Reformation? How can we learn from the English Reformation despite the obvious distance in time and difference in circumstance?

PURITAN ATTITUDES TOWARD ROME REVISITED

GUY DAVIES

Some Evangelicals have suggested that the old controversy between Rome and Protestantism has been all but resolved. It might seem like a retrograde step to look to a more bitterly sectarian age for help on engagement with the Roman Catholic church today, but Guy Davies will suggest that the Puritans have something to teach contemporary Evangelicals on the serious and abiding nature of the doctrinal differences between Rome and Evangelical Protestants.

THE 1611 ENGLISH BIBLE: AN UNLIKELY MASTERPIECE

DAVID GREGSON

With the accession of James I to the English throne in 1603, a new version of the Bible was proposed. Many translators were involved in ecclesiastical politics; the language looked backward; the monopoly acquired in the seventeenth century was through flawed theological prejudice and for commercial reasons. David Gregson considers these factors, and shows how the 1611 English Bible has nevertheless become accepted as a masterpiece of amazing longevity.
 
Wednesday 8th December
 
REPENTANCE AND SOLA FIDE: VARIOUS REFORMED APPROACHES

SAM WALDRON

The Bible teaches that there are two things people must do to be saved. The Reformed tradition, committed from its beginning to justification sola fide, has also taught the necessity of repentance. Sam Waldron will survey some of the Reformed approaches to those truths in sometimes uneasy tension, suggesting an approach to repentance which maintains its necessity for salvation while safeguarding sola fide.

DOOMED FROM THE START? THE EDINBURGH CONFERENCE OF 1910

DANIEL WEBBER

A sense of expectation attended the World Missionary Conference of 1910. Many participants believed that the Church was on the brink of the global expansion of Christ’s cause. One hundred years on, this event is more readily remembered as the forerunner of the establishment of the World Council of Churches. Daniel Webber will investigate these events and their outcomes and consider whether the conference’s aspirations were not doomed from the start.

ANDREW BONAR

MALCOLM MACLEAN

Andrew Bonar is best known today for the memoirs and remains of his friend and colleague, Robert Murray McCheyne. They began their ministries during a period of divine blessing, but Bonar lived long enough to see a vast change in the spiritual outlook of the church in Scotland. He maintained a fragrant Christian character and an effective pulpit ministry despite the general decline. There are many lessons from his work that are useful for Christian leaders today.

5 comments:

Jonathan Hunt said...

It seems interesting this year. Forty quid though? Everything is so expensive. Yes, I know there are speakers expenses and venue hire, and in the grand scheme of things it is not a lot, but hey.

Still, despite the cost, it looks that good that I will have to make an assessment again towards the end of Nov.

Ben said...

I haven't been able to go for quite a few years, but this one looks really enticing.

However, adding up the costs of travel and attendance, it looks beyond reach so I'll probably have to order the papers as usual. But I wish you well: I guess giving a paper is exciting and nerve-inducing in equal measure.

Michael Gormley said...

John Calvin was never accepted by the Catholic Church in any sense, except as another sinner needing redemption.

His leading people into heresy and away from the Body of Christ has been one of the major heartaches for all good Catholic saints who have worked so hard through the centuries to repair the damage he has done to innumerable souls in cutting them off from Divine Grace through severance from the Church.

One saint in particular, St. Francis de Sales spent his life as a missionary, and subsequently as bishop of Geneva trying to reconvert (with great success) those who had been led astray.

The Jesuits were founded, as a religious order, specifically to help combat the heresy of Protestantism.

Andrew said...

Hi Guy,

By my count it looks like 2 out of the 3 commenters above would like to go to the 2010 Westminster Conference :)

I would love to be there but for me there's the small matter of a thing called the Irish Sea - will there be audio available for download?

Exiled Preacher said...

As Meatloaf sang, two out of three 'aint bad. Not that I'm a Meatloaf fan. I'll leave the headbanging to Presbys like Carl Treuman. Yes, audio is avaliable. Check out the Westminster website. The papers are also published as a booklet.