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Faith and Reason Seminar to Discuss "Two Kingdoms"

February 23rd, 2011

By Sarah Pride

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722

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Dr. David VanDrunen

Patrick Henry College is halting its regular class schedule for the spring 2011 Faith & Reason lecture this Friday, February 25, in PHC’s Town Hall. Guest speaker Dr. David VanDrunen from Westminster Seminary California will present his lecture, entitled “The Two Kingdoms and the Social Order: Reflections on Political and Legal Theory in Light of a Reformation Idea.”

Afterwards, students will gather in small groups directed by staff and faculty to debate the lecture. The campus will reconvene in the afternoon for a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with some of PHC’s own faculty.

The Faith and Reason seminar is an ongoing tradition of Patrick Henry College, a chance to come together once each semester as an entire community to process a single topic—one of the innumerable ways in which faith and reason unify in the realm of knowledge.

In his upcoming lecture, Dr. VanDrunen will discuss the Reformation doctrine of the “Two Kingdoms” in the light of God’s covenant with Noah described in Genesis 8:20-9:17.

“Building upon this biblical foundation,” describes Dr. VanDrunen, “I address four prominent issues of political and legal theory and suggest what a ‘Noahic’ political-legal theory, consistent with the Two Kingdoms doctrine, might look like. The theory I propose envisions 1) a divinely governed yet religiously pluralistic social order, 2) which enforces retributive justice tempered by forbearance, 3) through particular individuals bearing rightful authority, 4) in ways established through social covenants freely entered.”

Dr. VanDrunen, a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, began teaching at Westminster Seminary California in 2001. He formerly served as a pastor of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Hanover Park, IL, and currently serves on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Committee on Christian Education and Subcommittee on Ministerial Training. His present research interests include natural law, the two kingdoms doctrine, and bioethics. He was the recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award in 2004 and was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in the spring of 2009.

His most recent book is entitled Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture.

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