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Ancient Evangelical Future Conference 2017 – Medieval Wisdom 500 Years after the Reformation
June 8-9, 2017 | Trinity School for Ministry | Ambridge, PA
Rod Dreher, Chris Armstrong, Evan Howard, Kevin Hughes, Susan Phillips, David Yeago

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What stirs the contemporary Protestant interest in medieval texts and spiritual practices? Why are young evangelicals pursuing the “Benedict Option” and its medieval corollaries for spiritual guidance? Does the turn to the Middle Ages indicate a turn from the sixteenth-century Reformers? These questions and others will be raised at the Ancient Evangelical Future Conference in 2017, the quincentennial year of the Protestant Reformation. The Conference brings theologians and practitioners together from across the ecumenical spectrum to reflect on medieval sources, consider their retrieval, and assess their significance from a Reformation perspective.

Featured speakers:



Rod Dreher, Senior editor and blogger at The American Conservative and author of several books, including How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.



armstrong-125Chris Armstrong (PhD, Duke University) Director of Opus: The Art of Work at Wheaton College, where he also serves on the biblical and theological studies faculty. He is the author of Patron Saints for Postmoderns and, most recently, Medieval Wisdom: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C. S. Lewis (Brazos, 2016). He is senior editor of Christian History magazine.




Evan B. Howard (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) Founder and director of Spirituality Shoppe: A Center for the Study of Christian Spirituality, affiliate faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of the Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality (Brazos, 2008).




Kevin Hughes (PhD, University of Chicago) Chair of the Humanities Department at Villanova and author of numerous books, including Church History: Faith Handed On (Loyola Press, 2002) and, most recently, Constructing Antichrist: Paul, Biblical Commentary, and the Development of Doctrine in the Early Middle Ages and (Catholic University of America Press, forthcoming). He is also a contributor to the T&T Clark Companion to Henri de Lubac (forthcoming).


Susan S. Phillips (PhD,University of California, Berkeley )  Executive Director at New College Berkeley and author of The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions (with Patricia Benner) and Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. Her most recent book is The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy (IVP, 2015).



David Yeago (PhD, Yale University) Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Trinity School for Ministry and the North American Lutheran Seminary and author of numerous journal articles and co-editor ofKnowing the Triune God: The Work of the Spirit in the Practices of the Church (Eerdmans, 2001).



As in past years, the Ancient Evangelical Future Conference also includes a mix of lectures, panel discussions, and break-out discussion groups in a welcoming atmosphere that links theory and practice. Each day of the event is bounded by the liturgies of Morning and Evening Prayer, and flavored with table-fellowship. Join others in this unique opportunity for reflection, retrieval, and refreshment for the sake of the life and ministry of the Church today.