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Visio Dei is a biennial conference focused on past events with present significance.  In 2013, we celebrated the legacy of C. S. Lewis on the fiftieth anniversary of his death; in 2015, the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “Ninety-five Theses” and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, a sea-change event not only in the history of the church, but in the history of the world.

Join us for Visio Dei 2017, November 3-4, with special guest, Dr. James Patterson, Professor Emeritus of Church History at Union University (Tennessee).  In addition to plenary sessions with Dr. Patterson, Visio Dei will include breakout sessions on topics ranging from the sufficiency of Scripture, to preaching, spirituality, literature, and the founding of America!

Visio Dei will begin on Friday, November 3rd, 2:30pm at Christ Church, located at 1900 Evergreen Dr. in Rapid City, South Dakota. The cost of the conference is only $25 (half-priced for JWC students), which includes the Friday night banquet. The conference will conclude at Noon on Saturday.

Friday, November 3

2:30 – 3:30pm Registration/Reception

3:30 – 4:00pm Convening Session
Welcome … Dr. Richard Wells
Historical Sketch of the Reformation … Dr. Debra Shattuck
Introduction to Issues and Speakers … Dr. Bret Saunders
4:00 – 5:00pm Plenary Session on Martin Luther … Dr. James Patterson
“Martin Luther and the Paradox of the Two Kingdoms”

5:00 – 5:30pm Break

5:30 – 6:30pm Banquet
6:30 – 7:30pm Plenary Session on John Calvin … Dr. James Patterson
“John Calvin and the Summons to Cultural Engagement”

7:30pm After dinner social

Saturday, November 4

7:45am- 8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am Two Sessions by JWC Professors, followed by Q & A
Dr. Jamin Hübner . . . “Distraught About Religious Superstition: What Luther, Erasmus, and Sam Harris Have in Common”
Dr. Debra Shattuck . . . “The Reformation and the New World”

9:30am – 9:45am Break

9:45am -10:45am Two Sessions by JWC Professors, followed by Q & A
Dr. Stephen Branch . . . TBD
Dr. Bret Saunders . . . “The Reformation Poetry of George Herbert”

10:45am -11:00am Break

11:00am -12:00pm Closing Plenary Session on The Anabaptists … Dr. James Patterson
“The Anabaptists and Radical Cultural Retreat”