‘Reformation 175: Past and Present’ – Event at New College School of Divinity

The “Reformation Past and Present” event will take place on Saturday 30 October and will feature a plenary lecture by Dr Zachary Purvis who was recently appointed to the Church History department at ETS.

This Saturday (30th October) a day of talks and panel discussions will take place at the New College School of Divinity (Edinburgh University), commemorating and reflecting on the heritage of the Reformation and the future of the Reformed tradition. The event will explore Reformed views on scripture, Reformed beliefs on the relationship between church and society, and the impact of the Reformed tradition on the world. There will be a focus on the role played by the University of Edinburgh and more recently New College itself in the intellectual development and global diffusion of the Reformed tradition.

Dr Zachary Purvis

This event is being organised as part of the 175th anniversary of New College and will feature a plenary lecture being given at 13:30 by Dr Zachary Purvis who was recently appointed to the Church History department here at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.  His lecture will be on the topic ‘New College, the Free Church and the Wider World’.

To attend in person, please sign up here.


New College 175: Reformation Past and Present – Timetable

10.00 – Welcome from the Head of the School of Divinity, Professor Helen Bond

10.05 – Introduction to the conference by Dr James Eglinton, Meldrum Senior Lecturer in Theology at New College 

10.15 – Plenary address: Dr. Whitney Gamble-Smith – ‘The Spirit of the Reformation: Tradition, Revolution, and the (Re)Formation of a New World’

11.00 – Tea and Coffee 

11.30 – Panel 1: Bible-Believing Biblical Scholarship (Chair: Dr Sara Parvis, Senior Lecturer in Patristics, New College) 

12.30 – Lunch 

1.30 – Plenary Address: Dr. Zachary Purvis – ‘New College, the Free Church and the Wider World’  

2.15  – Panel 2: Reformed Theology in Church and Society (Chair: Matt Baines, PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh) 

3.15 – Afternoon Tea 

3.30  – Panel 3: Reformed Theology in the World (Chair: Dr Simon Burton, John Laing Senior Lecturer in Reformation History) 

4.30     Closing Remarks: Dr James Eglinton 

4.45     Close

For further information please contact [email protected]

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