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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Neo-Calvinism and Roman Catholicism Conference 4-5 Sept 2014 Rome, Italy

Roman Catholicism was a world player when neo-Calvinism began to develop from the second half of the nineteenth century onwards. At that time, both Catholicism and Protestantism went through substantial changes. For the neo-Calvinists, Catholicism functioned as both an antagonist and an ally in their struggle to uphold religion in the modern age of ‘rerum novarum’. The neo-Calvinists were the first Protestants to cooperate openly with Roman Catholics in politics and on social issues. Theologically they were particularly interested in neo-Thomism, but remained critical of Roman Catholicism until after the Second World War and the Second Vatican Council.

The conference will focus on the theological, ecclesial, philosophical, political, social and cultural interactions between the two traditions: in what ways did they influence and approach each other, on which aspects did they continue to differ and why, and how could their relationship over a century and a half best be described?

Call for Papers
The conference organisers welcome proposals for short papers.  Proposals (approximately 300 words) should be sent to by March 30th, 2014.  Conference papers will be in English.

The conference registration fee is €90, which includes a warm lunch and drinks. Conference places must be reserved by email ( by May 30th, 2014.

Location and Accommodation
The conference will be held at:
The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas Institute
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60 (close to the Colosseum)
00184 Rome

Participants are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  The organisers suggest Foresteria del Monastero di San Gregorio al Celio (contact: Mrs. Loretta, as a well-priced, comfortable and close-by option.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


There are some who deny water baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins, by debating the clear meaning of "born of water" found in John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

The primary debating point is that born of water refers to natural child birth. Was Jesus telling Nicodemus that one of requirements to enter the kingdom of God, was that he had to exist? That makes no sense. It is obvious if you were never born you could not enter the kingdom of God.

To suggest that "water" in (John 3:5) means embryonic fluid, is at best an unreasonable conclusion.

Jesus said you have to born again to enter the kingdom of God. Being born of flesh the first time is not being born again. Again never means the first time!

When the apostles were preaching the gospel, did they say, in order to enter the kingdom of God, you have to physically exist; that is, you must have been born of embryonic fluid (water)? No they did not.

Jesus said "unless one is born of water he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) Jesus said "has been baptized shall be saved."(Mark 16:16)


Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,(The AND cannot be ignored)

WATER BAPTISM: washing of regeneration.
SPIRIT: renewing by the Holy Spirit.
NOTE: It is God our Savior that saves us.(Titus 3:4)

Acts 2:38 baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

WATER BAPTISM: for forgiveness of sins.
SPIRIT: receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


The only way to not understand that Jesus meant water baptism in John 3:5, is by using extra-Biblical sources.