Pursuing Truth, Unity, and Edification: A Long History of Creeds and Confessions

31 January 2024

Pursuing Truth, Unity, and Edification: A Long History of Creeds and Confessions

This is one of three inspiring courses offered in ETF’s Summer Colloquium, scheduled August 19–24, 2024. This international study week includes lectures, various workshops and times for meeting and reflection.

Registration is open until 1 June 2024.

This course will study a selection of creeds and confessions from both the early Christian era and the Reformation period. The genesis and contents of these ecclesiastical texts of different genres will be studied in their historical contexts. Their medieval and early modern reception histories, with their political, theological, and ecclesiastical dimensions, will also be considered.

Three ecumenical creeds will be analyzed: the Apostolic Creed, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, and the Symbolum Quicumque, also known as the Athanasian Creed. Four Protestant confessions will be discussed: the Augsburg Confession (1530/1540), the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dordrecht (1619).

Attention will also be given to later debates on confessional subscription, and to comparative study of creeds and confessions that became the focus of a particular subdiscipline of theology: confessional studies, Symbolik, or Konfessionskunde.

This course is organized in association with the Protestant Theological University Amsterdam/Groningen.

PROF. DR. AZA GOUDRIAAN is Associate Professor of Church History at Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, as well as Guest Professor of Historical Theology at ETF Leuven

ETF’s Summer Colloquium in August 2024 features three inspiring courses which intersect theology, church and society. The two other courses are:

●      “Biblical Hermeneutics of the Global South” by Prof. Dr. Musa Dube (Emory University, Atlanta)

●      “Awake in God’s World, Practical Ecclesiology for Missio Dei in the 21st Century” by Prof. Dr. Jack Barentsen (ETF Leuven) and Oeds Blok MA (Baptist Seminary, Amsterdam) – this course will be offered in Dutch

This international study week includes lectures, various workshops and times for meeting and reflection. Our Summer Colloquium is compulsory for ETF Open University students open to interested people with academic qualifications and can serve as additional in-service training for pastors, teachers, and other ministry professionals.

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