Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology

Department chair: Prof. Dr. Ronald T. Michener

Studies in Systematic Theology

The research in the department Systematic Theology follows three thematic lines.

The first line of research focuses on Postmodern Theology and Theological-Hermeneutical Philosophy. This research examines the theological nature of interpretation and the ongoing interpretive nature of theological discourse through critical engagement and appropriation of contemporary and postmodern philosophies shaping the theological landscape of today. The influences of such major continental figures as Heidegger, Ricoeur, Frei, Lindbeck, Foucault, Marion, and Derrida, among others, are considered.

The second line of research, Moral Theology and Postmodern Ethical Discourse, concerns the role of Evangelicals in contemporary society, especially in the area of ethics and moral theology. The climate of postmodernity has led to various shifts in moral discourse and ethical dialogue. Fresh perspectives for moral argumentation that provide compelling inclinations toward Christian principles and values are investigated. Research is also conducted into the necessity and possibility of an Evangelical ‘public theology’. The underlying concern is to understand the particular contributions Christians and Churches in the broader Evangelical world can make in a pluralistic democratic setting.

The third line of research, Ecclesiological Studies and Ecumenism, examines the identity of the Evangelical tradition, within both Church denominations and non-denominational Free Church movements in Europe and worldwide. This work acknowledges the diversity of this tradition both within institutional ecclesiological forms of government and in the ongoing growth of the organic, congregational Church models. Particular attention is paid to ecumenical involvement of Evangelicals and Pentecostals and their dialogue with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Reformed traditions.

Independent Academic Personnel

Prof. Dr. Ronald T. Michener Postmodern Theological Concerns
Prof. Dr. Nico den Bok Classical Theology, Trinitarian Studies, Augustine
Prof. Dr. Jan Hoek Reformed Theology, Pneumatology
Prof. Dr. Patrick Nullens Moral Theology

Post-Doctoral Researchers (with or without AAP/SAP-status)

Dr. Steven van den Heuvel  Theological Anthropology, Environmental Ethics

Special Academic Personnel

Dr. David Courey
Dr. Raymond Hausoul
Dr. Peirong Lin

Promovendi (with or without AAP/SAP-status)

Fadi Abou Dib The Sophiology of Vladimir Solovyov
Jason Glenn An Analysis of Shame and Guilt through the Writings of Nussbaum and Bonhoeffer
Leslie Herrmann Theological Aesthetics and Environmental Ethics
Godwins Lwinga
Matthias Meister
Benjamin Spring Paul Ramsey’s Covenantal Ethics in Leadership: Power, Social Identity, and the Bond between Leaders and Followers
Daniel Vassen Critical Realism and the Knowledge of God: A Critical Appropriation of Roy Bhaskar’s Epistemology for Theological Method

Research Institutes and Groups

Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE)

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Strengthening the Christian identity of Faith-Based Organizations

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Dissertation of Peirong Lin on World Vision’s Mission Drift

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