Reformed/Presbyterian, Theology

Issues in Reformed Theology

This course will be charged June 22, 2024.
Taught by Dr. Michael Lynch
Difficulty: Intermediate
Crosslist: Theology
Runs 7/1 – 8/24/24
$225.00 – $399.00

Diversity exists not just among Christians, but even within the Reformed tradition. This course will survey various intra-Reformed debates, from the nature of the Mosaic Covenant to the permissibility of non-inspired songs in Christian worship, which continually arise among Reformed Christians.

Deadline to register: Friday, June 22nd




Auditing ($225):

participate in readings and live class sessions, but no graded assignments and no course credit

Full course (Full-Time Discount) ($275):

for-credit courses (at least four per term) toward our Certificate or M.Litt in Classical Protestantism

Full course ($399):

individual classes on a for-credit basis; you can later apply them toward a Certificate or Degree




This Reformed/Presbyterian Studies/Theology course will be taught by Dr. Michael Lynch, and will run from July 1st through August 24th. The syllabus will be posted when available.

This course examines various controversial topics making up the diversity of the Reformed tradition. More specifically, it surveys various modern and early modern debates over intra-Reformed doctrine such as the efficacy of infant baptism, the nature of the Mosaic covenant, the relationship of the fourth commandment to the new covenant, the extent of the atonement, the so-called regulative principle of worship, the role of the civil magistrate, and so on. Readings will be selected from the best advocates of each side of these debates, and discussion will be had around them. Necessity demands determining the status quaestionis and seeking to offer a solution which is both biblically and theologically faithful to the whole scope of God’s revelation. 

Dr. Michael Lynch (PhD. Calvin Seminary) teaches Ancient Language and Humanities at Delaware Valley Classical School in New Castle, DE. He is the author of John Davenant’s Hypothetical Universalism: A Defense of Catholic and Reformed Orthodoxy. He and his wife have five children, three girls and two boys.


Online only, runs 8 weeks, meeting 2.5 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.

This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.