Justification Conference at Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Anglican Perspectives on the Doctrine of Justification
A Conference of Nashotah House Theological Seminary

On October 14, Nashotah House will welcome two noted scholars of Anglican history for what will be the first of a two-part theology conference on the theology of justification.  A foundational doctrine, the theology of justification is nevertheless frequently a site of dispute among Anglicans, drawing, as we do, from Catholic and Reformation theological sources and traditions.  This two-part conference offers the opportunity to explore the theme in-depth, tracing it roots from 16th century Anglicanism to its various subsequent developments and expressions up to the present day.

Joining us in October are two renowned experts in early Anglican history:  Dr. W. J. Torrance Kirby, Professor of Ecclesiastical History from McGill University and Dr. J. Ashley Null, currently based at Humboldt University of Berlin and Cambridge University.  Kirby (DPhil, Oxford), is the author and editor of several recent scholarly monographs, including several on Richard Hooker: A Companion to Richard Hooker (with Archbishop Rowan Williams; Brill, 2008); Richard Hooker and the English Reformation (editor; Kluwer, 2003); Richard Hooker’s Doctrine of the Royal Supremacy (Brill, 1997);  Richard Hooker, Reformer and Platonist (Ashgate, 2005).  Null (PhD, Cambridge) is a leading authority on Thomas Cranmer and the author of dozens of scholarly articles and the influential study of Cranmer, Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love (Oxford, 2000).


Null and Kirby will lead off the first of the two-part conference with studies of Cranmer and Hooker’s theologies of justification in the context of the 16th century English Reformation, followed by responses from Nashotah House faculty members.


Look forward to details on the second part of the conference, April 19-21, 2012, which will explore subsequent Anglican theological developments, including various Anglican Divines, representatives of the Oxford Movement, Puritanism, and Anglican evangelicalism.