Religious Studies and Missiology

Religious Studies and Missiology

Department chair: Prof. Dr. Pieter Boersema

Studies in Religious Studies and Missiology

The department Religious Studies and Missiology consists of two parts in which both ‘objective’ and ‘normative’ aspects of religions are empirically investigated.

The Religious Studies section researches theoretical aspects of religions, such as the relationship between religion and cultural identity, but also the casuistry of religious dialogue, with a focus on religious minorities. The Missiology section makes the link between religious studies and the theology of missions.

The geographic center of the research lies in Europe, but additional research in African, Asian or Latin American context allows broader perspectives on Christian presence in multi-religious societies. Within the European context, attention is particularly paid to Church planting projects, the comparison of religious values in Christianity and Islam, new forms of Christian witness and development of missiological theories such as ‘Missional Theology’. The deconstruction and reconstruction of identity of various Western European migrant Churches is analyzed and compared with traditional Protestant Evangelical Churches.

Both research sections also deal with topics of global significance, such as freedom of religion and religious persecution

Independent Academic Personnel

Prof. Dr. Pieter Boersema Religion and Cultural Value Systems, Christian Migrants
Prof. Dr. John R. Franke ‘Missional Theology’, Plurality and Christian Witness
Prof. Dr. Christof Sauer Freedom of Religion and Religious Persecution
Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher Islam in Europe and the Middle East, Islam and Human Rights, Sharia Law
Prof. Dr. Evert van de Poll Missiology, Missionary History, Christianity and Mission in Europe today, Messianic Jews
Dr. Bart Wallet Judaica, Present Development in Judaism in Europe

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Jelle Creemers Evangelicalism, Relationship of Church and Government

Special Academic Personnel

Prof. Dr. Klaus Fiedler Christians in Africa, Faith Missions
Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller Polynesia, The Conscience in Culture and Religion

External Instructors

Dr. John Choi
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Reitsma

Doctoral Students (with or without AAP/SAP status)

Annelies Borgmeier Popular beliefs about Jews and Judaism in the Low Countries: a comparative qualitative research among Protestant church goers in Antwerp and Amsterdam
Michael Haller Forgiving your Neighbor: A Comparative Reading of Jesus’ Teaching in the Gospels and Muhammad’s Instruction in the Qurʿān
Pamela LaBreche Nationals as Stakeholders: An Investigation of the Contribution of Nationals to Missionary Performance Evaluation, with Special Reference to North American Missionaries in Romania.
Jeremy Lim The Development of the Second Generation in the Korean Migrant Churches in Germany: A Case of Bicultural Identity in Theological Formation
Peirong Lin The Impact of the Christian Identity of Development Organizations on the Ethical Treatment of its People.
Tabitha Moyo The Role of Women in Shaping and Transforming Masculinities in Chewa (Zambia) Christian Community
Ulrich Reifler Zur Missiologie Fredrik Fransons (1852-1908): Eschatologie, Missionsmethodik und transnationale Vernetzung


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