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2020 European Theologians Network

Many evangelical theologians teach in universities, seminaries, and colleges with little opportunity for dialogue, fellowship, and encouragement from their evangelical brothers and sisters. The Theologians Network has been designed to provide this context and to make available an opportunity to interact with some of the world's leading evangelical scholars.

Applicants should be involved in full-time theological education (such as teachers, professors, and theology MA or PhD students). This Network will be led by Dirk Jongkind, Research Fellow in New Testament and Language at Tyndale House and Deputy Senior Tutor at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADERS

Greg Pritchard earned his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before continuing on to finish his PhD at Northwestern University. The intersection of theology, history, philosophy and sociology is Greg’s primary focus both in teaching and writing. He has taught graduate level courses on apologetics, theology, ethics and Christian thought at American, European and Asian institutions of higher learning. His book, Willow Creek Seeker Services, is in its 4th edition English printing and has been published in three additional languages. Currently, Greg serves as President of the Forum of Christian Leaders and Director of the European Leadership Forum.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity in Scotland and an Adjunct Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an, and his latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher. See more at andybannister.net

 

Leonardo De Chirico is the pastor of Breccia di Roma, a church that he helped plant in Rome in 2009, and Vice Chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Previously, Leonardo planted and pastored an evangelical church in Ferrara, Italy from 1997 to 2009. He earned degrees in history (University of Bologna), theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and bioethics (University of Padova). His PhD is from King's College (London); it was published as Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. In 2015, he published A Christian Pocket Guide to Papacy through Christian Focus. He is a lecturer of historical theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Padova, Italy. Additionally, Leonardo is the director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and the leader of the Rome Scholars and Leaders Network.

 

Daniel Hames is Associate Director of Union and is based in Oxford, UK where he is also a minister at St Aldates Church. He is pursuing a PhD in systematic theology at the VU Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his PhD at Cambridge University. His main scholarly interest is in the Greek text of the Bible and the Graeco-Roman backdrop of Acts and the letters. Currently, he is the Research Fellow in New Testament Text and Language at Tyndale House, Deputy Senior Tutor at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University. He has done much work on Greek manuscripts and other remains from the ancient world.

 

Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in the UK. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is the author of Introducing Major TheologiansWhy the Reformation Still MattersThe Unquenchable FlameThe Good God, and Christ our Life, co-editor of Adam, the Fall and Original Sin, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.

 

Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a general surgeon before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. Since 1992 he served full-time with Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries, and since 1999 as Chief Executive. During this time he was also Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia.  Since January 2019 he has been CEO of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association which brings together national fellowship of Christian doctors and dentists in over 80 countries worldwide. His current work involves leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission and writing. His wife Kirsty is a community pediatrician and they have three adult sons, Chris, Ben and Jonno. www.icmda.netwww.cmf.org.ukwww.carenotkilling.org.ukhttp://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/

 

Ádám Szabados is a Hungarian theologian and the leader of the Hungarian Evangelical Forum. Until 2017 he had been a pastor for 20 years. He is married to Dóra, and has two adult sons. He studied English literature and linguistics at the University of Veszprém (MA equivalent, with honours), and theology at Schloss Mittersill Study Center (Diploma in Biblical Studies and Culture) and at Covenant Theological Seminary (ThM in Exegetical Theology). He received his PhD (summa cum laude) in the area of New Testament at Károli Reformed University. His study on the Reformational understanding of sin has been published by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He wrote a book on Eros (Erosz nyomában, Harmat Publishing House, 2008), which aims to address both Christians and non-Christians in their search for the good, the true, and the beautiful. Ádám also has a popular theological-apologetic website (divinity.szabadosadam.hu).

 

Peter J. Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Cambridge University as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House, and he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. Most recently he has been assisting Dr Dirk Jongkind in Tyndale House’s production of a major edition of the Greek New Testament.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Communicating Biblical Truth to a Secular Culture through the Media with Clarity, Creativity, and Confidence

Peter Saunders

In today’s global cyber-village, stories on issues at the interface of Christianity and culture generate a huge amount of media interest and publicity. This creates great opportunities to impart a Christian worldview perspective for those who are willing to take the necessary risks and seize the opportunities on offer. It is essential that a Christian view is heard clearly and is able to shape media dialogue and public policy, and yet many Christians seem reluctant to put their heads above the parapet and speak out. Responding effectively to these opportunities requires courage, planning, monitoring, wisdom and grace. Training can help, but the best way of learning is to get involved and learn on the job.  Based on extensive experience in the UK campaigning and speaking on issues at the interface of Christianity and medicine this session will examine how to get involved with attention to messaging, media training, consultancy, delivery and use of social media.

 

An Evangelical Evaluation of Radical Orthodoxy

Dan Hames

Radical Orthodoxy is an increasingly influential movement in theology. Associated with John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, and Graham Ward, it appears to draw on everything from Augustine to Anglo-Catholicism to postmodern critical theory. This session considers how evangelicals might engage with and respond to the key ideas and aims.


Day 2

Doing Theology in the Fear of God

Michael Reeves

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, and so must be foundational for all who are called to be theologians. But what exactly is the right fear of the Lord? And how should it shape and guide us as we go about the task of theology?

 

Thoughts on Reforming the Page Layout of Printed Bibles

Peter J. Williams

Printing, electronic formatting, and graphic design allow a tremendous variety of ways of presenting the biblical text. However, even as we seek to unleash this potential, we should maintain an awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of the way we physically present the Scriptures. This talk argues that many common ways of presenting the Scriptures physically on pages, such as adding speech marks or using a poetic layout that has no basis in the early manuscripts, can create barriers between readers and the original text. We will consider what could be reformed, both practically and ideally, and the benefits of a printing reformation.


Day 3

Between Thomas and Thomism(s): Exploring the Significance of Thomas Aquinas for Evangelical Thought

Leonardo De Chirico

While the influence of Thomas Aquinas on Western theology is beyond dispute, his legacy is contested. In current evangelical studies, there is a kind of love story with Thomas, especially as far as his theological metaphysics is concerned. What should we make of this entire discussion? Are Thomas and Thomism(s) the same? What does evangelical thought need to be aware of regarding the strengths and dangers of Thomas Aquinas? How can Rome’s chief doctor be a reference point for evangelical theology? Surveying current literature and debates, this session will try to assess the different and nuanced appropriations of Thomas and Thomism(s), seeking to come to terms with what is at stake for evangelical thought.

 

New Liberal Theologies out of the Postmodern Morass

Adam Szabados

When we think of theological liberalism, we usually think of those German theologies that came about as a result of 18th c. Enlightenment philosophies. As a result, we are less discerning about theologies that were given birth by cultural assumptions of the recent past. Although postmodernism as a cultural phenomenon has become somewhat old, it has left its mark on theological thinking, even within evangelicalism. In this lecture we will look at some of these trends and the working assumptions behind them.


Day 4

Technology and Humanity: What the Digital Age is Doing to Our Soul

Andy Bannister

With digital technology accelerating ever faster, with more and more of us living our lives plugged 24/7 into the web, how is technology changing how our friends and neighbours think about life and humanity? What are the challenges for the gospel? How can Christians engage well with the questions that technology raises?

 

How Can the Theologians Network Help Us?

Dirk Jongkind

Though ELF has always been an encouragement to many and a boost for our motivation to go back to our contexts and do well, sometimes its specific gains have not lasted all that long. In our final session we will discuss the content of this year’s Network and Bible readings, evaluate where our strengths and weaknesses lie, and how we can be better stewards of the gift that is the Theologians Network and the ELF.

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