I applaud Biola University for hosting needful conversations on the future of the church.
Should the shape of Protestant theology and the Protestant consciousness still be determined by the Reformation’s reaction to Roman Catholicism? In late 2013, Peter Leithart ignited an important dialogue on the meaning, role, and future of Protestantism with a widely-read article at First Things.
Is the Reformation over? How should American Protestantism relate to Rome or Eastern Orthodoxy? Will Protestantism need to change if it is to thrive in the 21st century? In September 2014, Peter Escalante of The Calvinist International moderated a conversation with three Protestant theologians: Peter Leithart of Theopolis Institute, Fred Sanders of The Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, and Carl Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary.
One year later, four members of different traditions gathered to move that conversation forward. What is the future of the church? What changes might we need to make for greater unity to happen and what healthy distinctions need to be maintained? Matt Jenson of the Torrey Honors Institute moderated a conversation with Simon Chan (Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College, Singapore), Ephraim Radner (Professor of Historical Theology at the Toronto School of Theology), Thomas Rausch (T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University), and Fred Sanders (Professor at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute).
- The Scriptorium Daily: Fred Sanders, Glad Protestantism
- The Heidelblog: R. Scott Clark, Contra Leithart: No, the Reformation Isn’t Over
- The Calvinist International: Peter Escalante, Reformation Day and Its Critics
- First Things: Brad Littlejohn, The Uncertain Future of Protestantism
- First Things: Peter Leithart, The Future of Protestantism
- Peter Leithart, The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church (Brazos, 2016)