Since its inception, Rutherford House/RCRT have held many Dogmatics conferences. Known as the ‘Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference’, these seminars have focused on various theological topics and have welcomed many prominent speakers from the United Kingdom and further afield.
These have included T.F. Torrance, Paul Helm, Kate Sonderegger, Colin Gunton, Henri Blocher, Cynthia Brown, Bruce McCormack, David Wright, Julie Canlis, Kelly Kapic, Oliver O’Donovan, Elizabeth Shively, Michael Horton, N.T. Wright, Karla Wubbenhorst, Lewis Ayres, Francis Watson, Katherine Sonderegger, Don Carson, John Webster, David Fergusson, Donald Macleod, Kees van der Kooi, Kevin Vanhoozer, and many more.
The conferences have attracted many speakers and attendees from overseas. For example, in 2017, papers were given by scholars from the UK, France, the Netherlands, the USA, Australia and Hong Kong.
With the rise of online video conferencing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, RCRT now provides for a wider global audience, a great benefit to those who, due to distance and expense, would usually be unable to attend.
Previous conference themes
1985 – The Challenge of Evangelical Theology: Approach & Method
1987 – Issues in Faith and History
1989 – The Power & Weakness of God: Impassibility & Orthodoxy
1991 – Universalism and the Doctrine of Hell
1993 – The Trinity in a Pluralistic Age
1995 – The Love of God
1997 – The Westminster Confession 350th Anniversary
1999 – Tolerance and Truth
2001 – Word and Spirit
2003 – The Doctrine of Justification
2005 – The Doctrine of God
2007 – Christology
2009 – Ecclesiology
2011 – Sanctification
2013 – The Doctrine of Scripture
2015 – Reformed Worship
2017 – Reformation Theology: Maintenance or Revision
2019 – No Conference
2021 – Doctrine of the Church