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Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies Fall Conference 2022

Political Theology in the History of the Church

Shortly after what has been termed the Glorious Revolution (1688) in England, Gilbert Burnet, an Anglican bishop who supported that climactic event, penned a short work entitled A Letter to a Friend concerning the Behaviour of Christians under the Various Revolutions of State-Governments (1693). In this small tract, Burnet reviewed the history of how Christians had dealt with and responded to past political upheavals so as to find wisdom on how they should act in his day. In like fashion, this three-day conference seeks to retrieve wisdom from the way churches and individual Christians have historically dealt with the sphere of politics so as to enable more faithful discipleship in this day. Join us for what promises to be a deeply informative three-day tour of the history of public theology.


September 15-17, 2022


Hope Bible Chapel, 500 Great Lakes Boulevard, Oakville, ON.

Registration Costs

Full Conference – Three Days

Early Bird Price – $60.00 before August 1, 2022

Full Price – $75.00 after August 1, 2022

Cost Per Day

Full Price – $25.00



Thursday, September 15

1:30 pm: Church and state in the second-century Apologists – Dr. Don Springer, Patristics Assistant, McMaster Divinity College

3:45 pm: Augustine and the Donatist controversy – Dr. David Robinson, Senior Pastor of Westminster Chapel and Adjunct Professor at Tyndale University

5:00-7:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Anselm and the Investiture controversy – Dr. David Hogg, Professor of Church History, Phoenix Seminary

8:30 pm: Peter Vermigli on Church and state — Jonathan N. Cleland, PhD candidate at Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at Heritage College & Seminary

Friday, September 16

9:00 am: The political theology of the French Huguenots – Dr. Martin I. Klauber, Affiliate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

11:00 am: The political theology of Richard Hooker — Dr. W.J. Torrance Kirby, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, McGill University

12:30–2:30 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm: William Perkins and church-state matters – Dr. J. Stephen Yuille, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

4:00 pm: Baptists in the 17th Century – Dr. Barry Howson, Academic Dean and Professor of Theological Studies at Heritage Theological Seminary

5:30–7:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Canadian Protestants and Conscription in the Two World Wars – Dr. Gordon L. Heath, Professor of Christian History, McMaster Divinity College

Saturday, September 17

9:00 am: Abraham Kuyper & Herman Bavinck on church and state – Dr. Jessica Joustra, Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology, Redeemer University

10:45 am: Karl Barth and the Barmen Declaration– Rev. Dr. John A. Vissers, Principal and Professor of Historical Theology, Knox College

12:15–2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm: Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Kirk Wellum, Principal and T.T. Shields Chair of Systematic Theology, Toronto Baptist Seminary

4:00 pm: Neo-Calvinism & Pluralism — Dr. Robert Joustra, Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies, Redeemer University

About the Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies

The Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies is a historical research centre, with offices located at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Heritage Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, that seeks to promote the study of Baptist history as well as theological reflection on the contemporary significance of that history.

To learn more, visit andrewfullercenter.org.