“If the Reformers’ own perception is considered, then the story of the Reformation is not a story of a rebellious departure from the church catholic but a story of renewal. The Reformation should then be defined not according to its critics but on its own terms, as a movement of catholicity. What follows is not an attempt to mine the church fathers or medieval theologians to determine if the Reformers were right, which itself is a different project. Rather, what follows is a fresh, intellectual and theological history of the Reformation that listens to discern if the Reformers themselves interpreted their reform as a renewal of catholicity.” ~ Matthew Barrett
The London Lyceum is pleased to announce that we are bringing together a group of leading theologians, philosophers, and historians for a book symposium on this celebrated volume.
We believe this volume deserves rigorous and substantive engagement for several reasons. First, the issues addressed in the volume are important, and touch on pressing issues facing evangelical theology and the church. Second, the London Lyceum is committed to “retrieving the wisdom from analytic philosophy, the Baptist tradition, and classical Protestantism as confessed in the confessional documents of the Reformed tradition,” and as such, the thesis of the volume aligns with our own mission and values as a center committed to serious thinking for a serious church. Third, we believe that scholarship is carried out in community. Peer engagement is an essential component of academic theology, and interacting with scholars from across ecclesial and confessional traditions provides the opportunity to grow in virtues like charity, intellectual humility, and critical thinking.
For these reasons, the London Lyceum has assembled a substantial lineup of widely respected scholars to participate in this symposium, and we’re expecting a lively, rigorous, and productive discussion of the volume.
Essays will be published online and in a special issue of Theologia Viatorum with additional original essays on the general topic of Reformed catholicity in early Spring 2024
Note: We invited Professor Matthew Barrett as a final general respondent to the contributors. Unfortunately, he declined.