The Westminster Conference
The Westminster Conference meets for two days each year, usually in December. During the conference, six papers are presented, three on each day, examining the history, doctrine and practice of people, events and churches associated with the Puritans, their forebears and successors. The perspective is that of evangelical and reformed Biblical Christianity, focusing on central gospel themes such as grace, faith, atonement and justification and the outworking of the gospel in the lives of believers.
2020 Conference Online
On 1st December 2020, an online conference was held. David McKay, pastor of Shaftesbury Square RPC, Belfast, spoke on ‘Luther and Authority’. Leonardo De Chirico, pastor of Breccia di Roma, addressed ‘Bellarmine against the Reformers’. A moderated round table discussion then followed.
This was a wonderful opportunity to hear about these fascinating individuals and to learn important lessons for today.
Recordings of the online conference are now available here, but there will be no printed publication for 2020.
CAPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
Tuesday 1st December 2020
LUTHER AND AUTHORITY
DAVID MCKAY ~ Pastor of Shaftesbury Square RPC, Belfast
Luther stands astride the history of the Reformation like a colossus. We all know, or think we know, his famous, “Here I stand …” But what governed his life and bound his heart? Who or what directed Luther’s steps? In some respects, he could be seen as a flamboyant rebel with a stiff neck. In others, he appears a humble subject with a bent knee. We need to see him in a milieu in which authority was very differently understood in comparison to our own day, and to learn how he wrestled with and submitted to authority, whether God’s or man’s.
BELLARMINE AGAINST THE REFORMERS
LEONARD O DE CHIRICO ~ Pastor of Breccia di Roma
If you read much Protestant and Reformed theology from the 16th and 17th centuries, especially of a more polemical kind, you are likely to come up against the name of Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621). Who was this man, and why was he such a significant interlocutor with the Reformers and their successors? Leonardo De Chirico will introduce the man, survey his works and his thought, and help us to understand how and why he became one of the most prominent and even respected opponents of the Protestant Reformation.