In 1511, at the invitation of John Fisher, the president of Queens' College, the Dutch scholar Erasmus came to the University of Cambridge. While at Queens', Erasmus sat in his room above Silver Street Bridge, overlooking the Mill Pond, and translated the Greek and Latin edition of the New Testament, which for centuries had only been available in the Latin translation of Jerome's Vulgate. Unbeknownst to Erasmus, a chain reaction would ensue. In God's providence, Erasmus' work providing scholars with access to the original Greek would eventually lead to the unlocking of the gospel of grace for Martin Luther. Luther lit the fire of the Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle on October 31, 1517, leading to the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church, the reviving of essential Christian doctrines, and the revolutionising of the landscape throughout Europe.
Christian Heritage is again partnering with Covenant Theological Seminary to deliver a week-long Summer School, this year celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The reformational belief that Christ is Lord over all of life permeated society as a foundation for Europe. We will look at the rich doctrines of the reformed faith and also consider what a robust, gospel-oriented reformation might look like for the contemporary church and society. All of this, of course, comes with the Summer School distinctive: learning in fellowship with instructors who embody what they teach and students who walk away transformed.
Participants may choose between two courses: THEOLOGY or APOLOGETICS. Enrollment for academic credit is now available for our theology course, through Covenant Theological Seminary. Each course consists of 22.5 hours of lectures at Westminster College, while also benefitting from three evening plenary sessions aimed at engaging the Summer School as a whole; these plenary sessions are located in the historic Round Church, home to Christian Heritage. The Summer School also inlcudes a Christian Heritage Reformation Tour. Cambridge is the birthplace of the English Reformation, producing such key figures as Latimer, Tyndale, Ridley, Bilney, and Cramner. Other signifact historical locations include The White Horse Inn, Great St. Mary's Church where Luther's works were burned, St. Edward's Church where the first sermon of the English Reformation was preached, and colleges home to many Puritans.
'The quality of teaching makes me want to come back to anything that Christian Heritage puts on.'
2013 course student
'A renaissance in my reading of scripture, a revival in how I do church, a renewal in how I teach and a new excitiement in all about God.'
2014 course student
'An incredible opportunity to glean invaluable truth from brilliant minds, yet humble minds that live and fight its cause. Inspiring community and discussion centred around things that matter most- God's glory, human society and our response to both. Eye-opening, refreshing and life-altering!'
2015 course student
'I would stress the uniqueness of this course – it's deeply committed to Biblical theology and the teachers are exceptionally equipped to introduce and grapple with issues that confront the Christian every day.'
2016 course student
'In depth but not inaccessible. Really pastoral and communal. Doesn't aim to be academically aloof but meets people were they're at. Teaching and materials are world-class.'
2016 course student