Department chair (deputy): Dr. Jelle Creemers
Studies in Religious Studies and Missiology
The department of Religious Studies and Missiology builds on, serves and challenges the other departments at ETF with its consistently external focus. Central to its task, both in teaching and in research, is to draw attention to the multiplicity of perspectives and voices which are ‘out there’. Appreciating the complexity of developments in contemporary societies, the department’s research aims to understand, to criticize as well as to constructively assist religiously motivated engagements within different societal macro-structural layers and cultural segments. Combining the two research fields of religious studies and missiology, the department focuses both on an investigation of the place of (Evangelical) Christianity in Western society today (and beyond) and the promotion of fruitful exchange between its actors and those embodying a variety of other cultural and religious realities.
Hence, the research involves, on the one hand, uncovering patterns of correlation, accommodation, withdrawal, and/or symbiosis, which may characterize the engagements of religious communities with society and the investigation of underlying values and principles. On the other hand, it involves critical engagement with the task of the church to pass on its message and to invite others peacefully to consider its claims.
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
|Dr. Jelle Creemers||Evangelicalism, Relationship of Church and Government (also FWO postdoc fellow)|
|Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher||Islam in Europe and the Middle East, Islam and Human Rights, Sharia Law|
Special Academic Personnel
|Dr. Bosco Bangura||Pentecostal Missions, African Migration, Intercultural Theology|
|Prof. Dr. Pieter Boersema||Religion and Cultural Value Systems, Christian Migrants|
|Dr. Georgia Du Plessis||Religion / Church and state relationships, religious freedom rights, Law and Religion|
|Dr. Tatiana Kopaleishvili||Church/state relations, Soviet, history, Georgia|
|Dr. Peirong Lin||Identity Formation of Christian Organizations, Mission Drift, Theology of Work|
|Prof. Dr. Christof Sauer||Freedom of Religion and Religious Persecution|
|Prof. Dr. Evert van de Poll||Missiology, Missionary History, Christianity and Mission in Europe today, Messianic Jews|
|Dr. John Choi|
|Prof. Dr. Bernhard Reitsma|
|Dr. Simon van der Lugt|
Junior Researchers (with or without AAP/SAP status)
|James Bultema, MA||PhD Thesis: The History of the Turkish Protestant Church in Context|
|Joel Hartmann||PhD Thesis: Models of Ecclesiological Structures for Convert Communities|
|Tabitha Moyo||The Role of Women in Shaping and Transforming Masculinities in Chewa (Zambia) Christian Community|
|Samuel Velinga, MSc||Research Project EDUC8: Educate to Build Resilience|