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2021 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

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.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

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.

 

Wayne Grudem is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona. He is a graduate of Harvard (BA), Westminster Seminary-Philadelphia (MDiv, DD), and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He has served as the president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999), as a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, and was the General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (2008). He has written more than 25 books, including Systematic Theology (2nd edition, 2020), Christian Ethics (2018), The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and TodayBusiness for the Glory of God, Politics According to the Bible, and (with Barry Asmus) The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. He also co-edited (with John Piper) Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Over 300 of his articles and lectures are available at www.WayneGrudem.com.

 

Steffen Jenkins is half German, half Welsh, was born in Spain but again in England. He has served on the faculty of the Eastern Baptist Seminary in Cuba and with the “Cuba para Cristo” mission agency for fifteen years. He has recently completed a project at Tyndale House, Cambridge, to equip Cuban seminary lecturers to raise up new lecturers of Greek and Hebrew throughout Cuba, while serving as associate minister of an evangelical Presbyterian church in Chelmsford. His doctoral research under Prof Gordon Wenham focused on prayers for vengeance in the Psalms. His twin passions of equipping pastors with languages to a high enough standard that they can use them, and of helping pastors to love the Old Testament shamelessly, are happily combined by his idiosyncratic position as lecturer of Greek and OT at Union School of Theology.

 

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of the historic College Church. He is the president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, which proclaims God’s Word worldwide through daily broadcasts on Moody RadioOne Place, podcasts, and live-streaming on godcenteredlife.org. His theological research into the challenge that Enlightenment secularization posed to the Christian faith, as well as Jonathan Edwards’ response to it, culminated in a doctorate in historical theology from Cambridge University, a research fellowship at Yale Divinity School, and a fellowship at the Jonathan Edwards College of Yale University. Dr. Moody is the author of over 14 books, including an exposition of the Psalms of Ascent and their message of increasing joy (Journey to Joy, 2013); a two-volume commentary on John’s Gospel (John 1-12 For You and John 13-21 for You, 2017 and 2019); an accessible guide to the teaching of Jonathan Edwards (The God-Centered Life, 2006); and a technical work with global Jonathan Edwards scholars on Edwards’ doctrine of justification (Jonathan Edwards and Justification, 2012). He grew up in the London area and became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England. He is married to Rochelle, and they have four children. You can find him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

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).

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Understanding the Roots of Theological Liberalism: Friedrich Schleiermacher

Michael Reeves

Friedrich Schleiermacher is known as the father of ‘modern’ or liberal theology. What made his thought so distinctive, revolutionary, and influential? This workshop will seek to understand the roots of theological liberalism through an analysis of Schleiermacher’s thought.

 

Literacy and Linguistic Diversity in Judah and Its Eastern Neighbors

Speaker to Be Announced

Quite a number of written sources from the times of Jesus and his apostles were found in Jerusalem and its environs, but they are merely seen as evidence of the (scribal) elite’s literacy. This scribal literacy is estimated to have affected not more than ~10% of the society, although it is admitted that a larger part of the society was able to read. However, if we move only some miles eastwards towards Jordan and Syria and their adjacent regions, the evidence points to another direction, revealing the fact that persons from all parts of society were able to read and to write, without having formal scribal education. How should we interpret this intriguing discrepancy, and what can the “eastern” evidence contribute to the understanding of Judean literacy and scribal education?


Day 2

Bellarmine's Critique of Protestantism: Tridentine Roman Catholicism vs. the Reformation

Leonardo De Chirico

Written by Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), the Disputationes de controversiis christianae fidei (also called Controversiae) were the earliest attempt to systematize the various religious disputes between Catholics and Protestants. This work was used by Protestant theologians as representative of Tridentine Catholic theology. Bellarmine’s comprehensive and thoughtful critique of Protestantism provides a useful opportunity to review the core elements that were at stake in the theological debate after the Council of Trent. It is an enlightening source for all those interested in the Roman Catholic evaluation of Protestantism and vice versa.

 

Critical Theory in Theology: Understanding an Influential Academic Movement

Adam Szabados

For decades, Critical Theory has been influencing Western thinking. Despite the failed Marxist experiments of the 20th century, there is a growing movement in the Western church that uncritically accepts the premises and implications of Cultural Marxism and incorporates them into Christian theology. This session aims to explore the roots and leaves of Critical Theory and evaluate its influence.


Day 3

How Should Christians Use the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance?

Wayne Grudem

The Mosaic covenant, which began at Exodus 20, was terminated when Christ died. Christians are no longer directly subject to the laws of the Mosaic covenant, but now live instead under the provisions of the new covenant. However, the Old Testament is still a valuable source of ethical wisdom when understood in accordance with the ways in which the New Testament authors use the Old Testament for ethical teaching, and in light of the specific changes brought about by the new covenant.

 

Reading the Ceremonial Laws With Jesus: Levitical Food Laws and World Mission

Steffen Jenkins

The ceremonial laws, and frankly most of Leviticus, are on any short-list for neglected passages in the Bible. Prohibitions of certain foods are stellar examples of why the Law has nothing to do with our ethics. We will attempt to read them within both the big sweep and the tiny details of how God revealed himself through Moses. We will find good reasons to believe Jesus when he said that the whole of the Law was about him, and that it predicted the spreading of the gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth (Luke 24:47).


Day 4

Why Read Jonathan Edwards and What He Has to Say About Secularization

Josh Moody

Jonathan Edwards was one of the greatest American thinkers and theologians. He was also at the heart of the transatlantic global revival known as The Great Awakening. In recent decades, there has been an academic rediscovery of Edwards that has bled over into a popular resurgence of interest in his preaching and writing. At the heart of Edwards’ contribution to evangelicalism is his grasp of and response to the secularizing tendencies dormant in, as well as decisive to, the Enlightenment. In many ways, Western Culture as a whole still reflects a discourse that interrelates with its Enlightenment heritage. Edwards can help us as model and method in our interaction with the Enlightenment-influenced secularization within which we work on a daily basis.

 

Questioning the Bible: An Anatomy of Scepticism

Dirk Jongkind

Sceptics have a variety of ‘knock out’ arguments against Scripture. Often these arguments are lingering questions in Christian minds too, which is the basis for their persuasiveness. In this talk we will dissect the various types of arguments against the Bible and how to think about these as ‘apologists’. This overall picture will help us to prepare our response and point us at ways to keep the Gospel central. We will discuss questions about the reliability of the wording of the Bible, its historical content, and its ethical content / moral framework. In our reflections we will see how the central message of Jesus’ death and resurrection can be interwoven in our interactions.

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