Sep. 19-21, 2016 “The Diversity of Dissent” Andrew Fuller Center 10th Annual Conf. in Louisville, KY.

Baptist origins lie within the matrix of the renewal movement known to history as Puritanism. They were not the only community to emerge from this renewal, however: English Presbyterians and Congregationalists also trace their beginnings back to Puritanism. But despite this common ancestry, these communities had their differences.

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In this tenth annual conference of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, co-sponsored this year by The Davenant Trust, we trace this diversity through the lives and thought of three leading Puritans of the late Stuart era (1660–1714)—the Presbyterian Richard Baxter, the Congregationalist John Owen, and the Baptist William Kiffen—all of whom were born within a year or so of each other, in 1615 and 1616. Do join us as we think about the thought and ongoing legacy of these three extremely important Christian authors.

Schedule, Speakers, & Topics:

Monday, September 19

7:30 a.m. Check-In
8:30 a.m. General Session 1: Timothy Beougher
“As a dying man to dying men: The life and ministry of Richard Baxter”

10:00 a.m. General Session 2: Crawford Gribben
“Becoming John Owen: A Puritan among Evangelicals”

11:30 a.m. General Session 3: Michael Haykin
” ‘By the compass of the Word’: The life and piety of William Kiffen (1616-1701)”

1:00 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Parallel Sessions
6:00 p.m. Dinner*
8:00 p.m. General Session 4: Herman Selderhuis
“‘…and yet be loth to die?’ Death and dying in the theologies of John Owen and Richard Baxter”

Tuesday, September 20

8:30 a.m. General Session 5: Seth Osborne
“A double-edged sword: Marriage as a hindrance and helper to the pastor’s piety in Richard Baxter”

10:00 a.m. Chapel
11:30 General Session 6: Tim Cooper
“John Owen, Richard Baxter and the battle for Calvin in later-seventeenth-century England”

1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. General Session 7: Russell Fuller
“John Owen and the traditional Protestant view of the Hebrew Old Testament”

4:00 p.m. General Session 12: Nathan Finn
“Renewal through retrieval: The rediscovery of John Owen by 20th-century Reformed & Evangelical Christians”
6:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. General Session 9: Steve Weaver
“William Kiffen, John Bunyan, and the open communion controversy”

9:15 p.m. Lifeway Dessert Reception
Wednesday, September 21

8:30 a.m. General Session 10: Jonathan Arnold
“Keach’s foil: Benjamin Keach and the fight against Baxterianism”

10:00 a.m. General Session 11: David Sytsma
“Richard Baxter conformed to Nonconformity: The modern reception of Baxter as a practical theologian”

11:30 a.m.
General Session 8: Shawn Wright
“Justification by faith alone: The perspectives of John Owen and William Kiffen”

*All attendees are invited to this dinner

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