Research Institutes and Groups

Research Institutes and Groups

Various research activities at the ETF are organized by research institutes and groups, which each belong to one or more departments:

  • Research Center for Early Christianity (RCEC)

The RCEC was established by the departments of New Testament and Historical Theology. It’s research mainly focuses on the development of early Christian identity in its various aspects (creeds, spirituality, liturgy, rules governing Church life, …).

The IPRS is a research institute within the department of Historical Theology. Its research is focused on the Early Modern Period, following the Reformation (ca 1550 to ca 1800).

The ILSE was established in 2008, by our departments of Systematic Theology and Practical Theology. ILSE seeks to establish links between Christian professionals and academics in order to address key questions relating to leadership and social ethics from a Christian perspective.

The ISFORB is an initiative of the department of Religious Studies and Missiology. Its research projects focus on the interplay of societal developments, human rights discourses and religion/faith on local and global levels, with a particular attention for religious persecution. For more information, contact Dr. Jelle Creemers.

The ISREYM is an initiative of the department of Practical Theology. The initiative aims at (a) furthering academic research on practices of religious education and practices of youth ministry, and (b) cooperatively learning with professionals and professional organizations in the fields of religious education and youth ministry to enhance the quality of their practices. For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jos de Kock.

The chair ‘Missiology for the Church of Today and Tomorrow’ stimulates new reflections on missiological questions in response to the growth of Christianity in the Global South and the mobility of Christians from these regions. The chair is strongly positioned within the Department of Religious Studies and Missiology. The holder of the chair is Dr. Bosco Bangura.

The ETF is institutionally affiliated with the following (inter)national research groups and institutes:

A research institute established in cooperation with VU University Amsterdam and affiliated to the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. It stimulates and facilitates research on Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).

A research group linked to the ETF, which studies the works of John Duns Scotus (1266-1308).

A Documentation and Research Center serving Churches, religious organizations and people belonging to the Protestant Evangelical community. Evadoc is institutionally connected to KADOC.

This collective was established in 1982 in Utrecht but today is located in Leuven. Its research focuses on early modern scholastic theology.

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