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Regent Bookstore History Workshop

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 9:30AM - 4:00 PM

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Online registration for the History Workshop is now closed. Tickets are available at Regent Bookstore and at the door. For more information, please contact us at 604.228.1820 or by email at

Regent College is pleased to host Dr. Brad Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, for a discussion of his new book The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. Reviewers such as Alasdair McIntye and Christian Smith have lauded this book as "insightful...compelling" and "important and illuminating." 

Jens Zimmerman and Darren Provost, both of Trinity Western University, will be giving lectures on the relationship of Christian humanism and the Reformation. Craig Gay and Sarah Williams from Regent College will act as respondents. 

workshop Schedule

Friday, May 25, 2012

8:00 pm Darren Provost: "Reconsidering Christian Humanism and the Early Reformation," a free public lecture

Saturday, May 26, 2012

9:30 am Brad Gregory: presentation about his book, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
Followed by roundtable discussion.
1:00 pm Jens Zimmerman: “The Challenge of Christian Humanism for Western Culture.”
Followed by roundtable discussion.
Responses by Craig Gay and Sarah Williams.

cost and registration

The cost for the workshop is $25. Register using the link at the bottom of this page.

For more information, please contact us at 604.228.1820 or by email at

summary of Brad Gregory's The Unintended Reformation:

“In a work that is as much about the present as the past, Brad Gregory identifies the unintended consequences of the Protestant Reformation and traces the way it shaped the modern condition over the course of the following five centuries. A hyperpluralism of religious and secular beliefs, an absence of any substantive common good, the triumph of capitalism and its driver, consumerism—all these, Gregory argues, were long-term effects of a movement that marked the end of more than a millennium during which Christianity provided a framework for shared intellectual, social, and moral life in the West.

Before the Protestant Reformation, Western Christianity was an institutionalized worldview laden with expectations of security for earthly societies and hopes of eternal salvation for individuals. The Reformation’s protagonists sought to advance the realization of this vision, not disrupt it. But a complex web of rejections, retentions, and transformations of medieval Christianity gradually replaced the religious fabric that bound societies together in the West. Today, what we are left with are fragments: intellectual disagreements that splinter into ever finer fractals of specialized discourse; a notion that modern science—as the source of all truth—necessarily undermines religious belief; a pervasive resort to a therapeutic vision of religion; a set of smuggled moral values with which we try to fertilize a sterile liberalism; and the institutionalized assumption that only secular universities can pursue knowledge.

The Unintended Reformation asks what propelled the West into this trajectory of pluralism and polarization, and finds answers deep in our medieval Christian past.”

Regent College

Speaking at this Event


Craig Gay

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Regent College)


Sarah Williams

Research Professor of History of Christianity (Regent College)


Brad Gregory

Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History (University of Notre Dame)


Jens Zimmermann

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Literature and Theology (Regent College)


Darren Provost

Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator for History (Trinity Western University)

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