Rationality and Spirituality in Religious Experience

16 January 2020

Rationality and Spirituality in Religious Experience

Monday 24 to Friday 28 August the “Global Jonathan Edwards Congress 2020” 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 ten keynote speakers from five different countries, among whom two subject experts from Yale University, Kenneth P. Minkema and Harry (Skip) Stout. Other keynote speakers are Andreas J. Beck (ETF Leuven, BE), Wim van Vlastuin (VU University Amsterdam, NL), Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University, Belfast, UK), Michael McClenahan (Union Theological College, Belfast, UK), Amanda Porterfield (Florida State University Tallahassee, FL, US), Lisanne D’Andrea-Winslow (University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, US), Adriaan Neele (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, US), and Tibor Fabiny (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, HU). In addition multiple paper presenters will offer their expertise in their respective fields on the topic.

The Global Jonathan Edwards Congress 2020 will be 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 5-day conference will take place at ETF Leuven, Belgium. For more information and registration, please visit the congress website www.jedcon2020.be.

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 the 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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