There aren't many events that could possibly drag me out of bed at 3 AM in the morning, but a rigorous and lively conversation among four thinkers who I have an incredible amount of respect for is among them.
Seriously, look at that list of names again. Think about what fun this is going to be. Sanders, Trueman, and Leithart are probably best known to readers of Mere-O...and in my opinion they represent about the best and most rigorous of Protestant though. Peter Escalante is an astonishingly well read fellow whose work at the Calvinist International is newer to me, but I'm awed by his intellect and his knowledge of Reformational sources.
We're Mere Orthodoxy, and while we skew Protestant (and evangelical) in our attention because of my own natural proclivities and interests, this is just the sort of conversation that I would hope any reader would be interested in. It's sponsored by the good people at First Things, who for years have had a reputation for being mainly a Catholic magazine. That reputation isn't really fair...as their sponsorship of this event makes abundantly clear.
I hope you'll join the event online or in person, if you're able. It's easy to sometimes be discouraged about the state of the Protestant churches, but this is an opportunity to hear directly from theologians at their best in an environment that is aimed not at wowing the crowds but ploddingly, patiently, and cheerfully taking on difficult questions in an irenic and constructive way for the good of the church.
Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.