JEDCON2023 | Rationality and Spirituality in Religious Experience

27 January 2023

JEDCON2023 | Rationality and Spirituality in Religious Experience

Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 July the “Global Jonathan Edwards Congress 2023” will take place at ETF Leuven, Belgium. With its theme “Rationality and Spirituality: Retrieving Jonathan Edwards for Understanding Religion and Spirituality in Human Experience Today” the congress seeks to create academic space for a multidisciplinary discussion that retrieves and leverages the robust nature of Edwards’s insights into a religious experience that is both rational and spiritual for the benefit of the humanities, church, and society.

This discussion will be facilitated by eight keynote speakers from four different countries, all of whom offer expertise on the subject matter:

  • Andreas J. Beck (ETF Leuven, BE)
  • Wim van Vlastuin (VU University Amsterdam, NL)
  • Michael McClymond (Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, US)
  • Kenneth P. Minkema (Yale University, New Haven, US)
  • Amy Plantinga Pauw (Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, KY, US)
  • Jan Stievermann (Heidelberg University, DE)
  • Douglas A. Sweeney (Samford University, US)
  • Lisanne Winslow (University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, US).

In addition multiple paper presenters will offer their expertise in their respective fields on the topic.

The Global Jonathan Edwards Congress 2023 is organized by the Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux. Andreas J. Beck (ETF Leuven), Wim van Vlastuin (VU Amsterdam) and Philip J. Fisk (ETF Leuven) make up the scientific committee.

This 3-day conference will take place at ETF Leuven, Belgium. For more information and registration, please visit the congress website

Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux

In 2011 ETF Leuven established the Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux, in cooperation with the VU University Amsterdam, affiliated with the Jonathan Edwards Center of Yale University. There is a network of JEC affiliates in Australia, the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands), Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, South Africa, the UK, USA-Midwest, and USA-West.

The Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux is headquartered at ETF Leuven and serves as a research, education and publications hub for the study of Edwards and evangelical history and develops links with the international academic community.

Sponsors of this congress include the Hersteld Hervormd Seminarium, located at VU University Amsterdam.

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