Historical Theology

Historical Theology

Department chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Beck

Studies in Historical Theology

In its research the department of Historical Theology pays particular attention to two recent developments: the growing appreciation of patristics in the Evangelical movement and the recent re-evaluation of medieval and Protestant scholasticism. In turn, these two emphases contribute to a better understanding of the Reformation and its relationship to the modern era.

Two research institutes are linked to the department, both established in 2008 to stimulate local and international research. The Research Centre for Early Christianity (RCEC) was established in cooperation with the New Testament department and focuses mainly on research into pre-Chalcedonian Christianity (before 451 A.D.). The Institute of Post-Reformation Studies (IPRS) conducts research into the early modern era, the focus being on post-Reformation studies. Special attention is paid to medieval scholasticism of the 13th and 14th centuries (Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus) and its influence on later theology. For research on the 16th and 17th centuries (Protestant orthodoxy and scholasticism), there is collaboration with the Research group Classic Reformed Theology. The theology of Jonathan Edwards (18th century) is studied in collaboration with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.

The department also has a tradition of research into the history of the Evangelical movement and Protestant Churches in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th centuries. For this, collaboration has been developed with Evadoc.

Independent Academic Personnel

Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Beck Late Medieval and Early Modern Theology and Philosophy
Dr. Dolf te Velde Early Modern Period
Dr. Maria Verhoeff Patristic Soteriology, John Chrysostom

Special Academic Personnel

Dr. Michaël Bauwens Late Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
Dr. Hélène Evers Canon Law
Prof. Dr. Donald M. Fairbairn Greek Patristic Christology and Soteriology, Semi-Pelagian Controversy
Dr. Philip Fisk Jonathan Edwards, Reformed Scholasticism, Early Modern Thought
Prof. Dr. Aza Goudriaan Early Modern Theology and Philosophy, Reception History of Patristic Thought
Dr. Johannes Knecht Medieval Theology
Dr. Viacheslav Lytvynenko Greek Patristics, Digital Editing of Medieval Manuscripts
Dr. Matthias Mangold Early Modern Reformed Theology and Philosophy, esp. Salomon van Til
Dr. Aaldert Prins Belgian Protestantism, Mission History
Dr. Robert Sturdy Early Modern Reformed Theology, esp. Samuel Rutherford
Dr. Stephen Tipton Early Modern Reformed Theology, esp. Amandus Polanus
Dr. Nathan Witkamp Syrian Patristics; Baptismal Rites, Asceticism, Theodorus of Mopsuestia, Narsai of Nisibis

External Instructors

Dr. Rob Nijhoff
Drs. Laas Terpstra (PhD candidate

Doctoral Students (with or without AAP/SAP-status)

Ben Adamo Christology and the Application of Redemption in the Theoretico-Practica Theologia of Petrus van Mastricht (Joint PhD Project with TU Utrecht)
Ralph Elliott The Historical-Theological Development and Analysis of Jonathan Edwards’s Doctrine of Justification and Union with Christ (tentative)
Matthew Johnston The Suffering of Christ’s Soul in Seventeenth Century Roman Catholic and Reformed Theology
Min Kang Johannes a Lasco and the Dutch Refugee Congregations in Emden and London
Song Kim Jonathan Edwards’s Theology of Spirituality in His Theological Exposition and Application of the Song of Songs
Eduard Sablon Leiva Fr. Sergius Bulgakov’s and Vladimir N. Lossky’s Theological Methods: A Comparative Analysis
Johan Lorein Johannes Duns Scotus and Voluntarism
Todd Malone Jonathan Edwards’s View of Conscience
Anne-Catherine Pardon Gerhard Kittel, Theologian of the Third Reich? An Evaluation of His Ideology through Critical Discourse Analysis (FWO PhD Fellowship; Joint PhD Project with VU Brussels)
Hendra Thamrindinata The Christology of Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) (Joint PhD Project with TU Utrecht)
Rostislav Tkachenko God’s Interior Mystery: God’s Knowledge and God’s Will according to Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, especially as Presented in Their Scripta
Christian Westerink The Concept of Divine Ideas in Protestant Orthodoxy (Joint PhD Project with PThU)
Peter Wijnberger The Distinction of Archetypal and Ectypal Theology and its Impact on Theology: Franciscus Junius (1545-1602), Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706), and Bernhardinus de Moor (1709-1780) (Joint PhD Project with PThU)

Research institutes and groups

Research Activities

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