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. Michael S. Northcott Ethics
Prof. Dr. Patrick Nullens Moral Theology
Dr. Steven van den Heuvel  Theological Anthropology, Environmental Ethics

Special Academic Personnel

Dr. David Courey
Dr. Emilio Di Somma
Dr. Raymond Hausoul
Dr. Sang Hoon Lee
Dr. Peirong Lin
Arttu Mäkipää, M.A.

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 Seeking a Beautiful Ethic: ‘Fittingness’ as an Aesthetic Contribution to Environmental Ethics
Godwins Lwinga Addressing Corruption: Bonhoeffer’s Ethics of Responsibility as Resource for a New Values-Based Anti-Corruption Approach in Malawi (1994 to date)
Matthias Meister Being Free in the Public Sphere: Bonhoeffer’s Concept of Freedom as an Answer to the Totalizing Effects of Digitalization
Arttu Mäkipää From Human Capability to Social Progress: Insights from the Theological Anthropology of Emil Brunner for Contemporary Economic & Social Sciences
Gerard van Velzen
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)

New research institute ISREYM launched

New research institute ISREYM launched

Today, professionals from churches, education and youth work come together on the study day a study day on faith education at ETF Leuven. Several speakers...

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Steven van den Heuvel New Director of ILSE

Steven van den Heuvel New Director...

At the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE), a research institute of Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF), Leuven, a change of watch takes...

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