Bishop John Davenant, Hypothetical Universalism, and the Synod of Dort

On this episode, Dr. Michael Lynch joins us to discuss John Davenant, a theologians and bishop who served as one of the English delegates at the Synod of Dort. Dr. Lynch elucidates Davenant’s agenda and doctrinal positions, particularly what is now called “hypothetical universalism,” which grants a better understanding of the Canons of Dort and helps free them from common caricatures and misunderstandings. Lynch also shares his understanding of why the Church of England reacted the way that she did to the Canons of Dort.

You can find Lynch’s book on Davenant here:

Tallis’ Canon recorded by Steven Dixon.



  • The Rev. Barton Gingerich
  • Dr. Michael Lynch