This Reformed/Presbyterian Studies/Theology course will be taught by Dr. Michael Lynch, and will run from January 8th through March 16th. The syllabus will be posted when available.
The Westminster Confession of Faith remains one of the most significant Protestant confessions. Through a close reading of the Confession, this course will cover the sources, history, theology, and pastoral relevance of this important early modern Reformed symbol. Attention will be paid to both its positive theological commitments as well as the various heterodoxies the Confession wishes to avoid. This course will also give an eye to some of the intentionally broad language, allowing for diversity of opinion within the confessional framework. Finally, this course will discuss some of the theological debates held at the Assembly, providing valuable context to the final draft of the Confession. This course will be especially beneficial for those seeking ordination in a church confessing the Westminster Confession.
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 10 weeks, meeting 2 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.