Theologians

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2018 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 at Tyndale House and the John W. Laing Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and Michael Reeves, Director of Union and Senior Lecturer at Wales Evangelical 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

Glynn Harrison was formerly Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK, where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist. Now, as an author and speaker, he is interested in issues at the interface between biblically-based faith and psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry, as well as wider issues of culture and Christian worldview. His most recent book, A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing, turns a critical eye to the sexual revolution.

 

Ádám Szabados has been the Pastor at Evangelical Christian Church, Veszprém, since 1999. He is married to Dóra, and has two boys. 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 is currently doing his PhD in the area of New Testament at Károli Reformed University. He helped start the Hungarian Evangelical Forum and is the leader of its Steering Committee. His study on the Reformational understanding of sin has been published by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and by ProPhilosophia. 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).

 

Juha Ahvio is a Finnish theologian who works as a Director of Research at the Patmos Foundation for World Missions in Helsinki. He received his D.Theol. degree in Systematic Theology from the University of Helsinki. Ahvio is also an Adjunct Professor (dosentti in Finnish, privatdozent in German) of Dogmatics at the University of Helsinki. His scholarly interests have focused on confessional Reformed theology and apologetics from the systematic, epistemological, and historical points of view. Ahvio has also written several popular books on various contemporary theological, political, and social topics in order to defend both theologically and politically consistently conservative positions.

 

Paul Copan (Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.  He is author and editor of over thirty books, including works such as The Rationality of TheismThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of ReligionCreation out of Nothing, Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues, The Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and ScienceA Little Book for New Philosophers, and The Cosmological Argument (a two-volume anthology). He has also contributed essays to over thirty books, both scholarly and popular, and has authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children, and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. His website is www.paulcopan.com.

 

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 Network (RSN).

 

Panagiotis (Giotis) Kantartzis is the pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church, Athens. First Church is the oldest Protestant church in Greece and has been recently involved in planting new churches in the city. Giotis studied sociology (B.A. – University of Athens) and theology (Diploma – Greek Bible College, MDiv – Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, MST – Boston University School of Theology, PhD – Divinity School, University of Thessaloniki). He is married to Nopie and they have three sons: George, Theophilos and Jason.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

The Process and Challenges of the Tyndale Greek New Testament
Dirk Jongkind

By now (May 2018) it is half a year ago that the Tyndale House edition of the Greek New Testament was published. In this lecture we will reflect on various aspects that were involved in the launch. We will look at the academic side and the various criticisms from within the field, but also from outside. How have we responded so far and how can we do better? We will also pay attention to the sociological impact of the project, how marketing works, and how all this has influenced the church (and myself). Finally we will reflect how the whole project brings its own spiritual temptations, challenges, and blessings.

 

The God of the Old Testament vs. the God of the New Testament
Paul Copan

Influential thinkers such as Eric Seibert, Peter Enns, and Greg Boyd have given the impression that there is a wide chasm between representations of God in the Old Testament and the God Jesus perfectly reveals in the New—a God who is non-violent and loving. If someone issues commands to drive out the Canaanites or to engage in other forms of coercive force, this must be Moses or Joshua doing so because of their fallen, violence-prone, ancient Near Eastern cultural conditioning (the “textual” God rather than the “actual” non-violent, enemy-loving God). This talk will argue that “the kindness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22) are manifested in both testaments and that, despite discontinuities, important continuities also exist.



Day 2

The Apostles as Elders of the Universal Church and the Authority of the New Testament
Adam Szabados

Many scholars argue that the second-century church had no direct access to the apostles. Is this correct? What did second-century church father Papias mean when he referred to the Elders - were they the apostles, or second-generation followers of Jesus? This talk will examine the relationship between the apostles and the next generation of church fathers.

 

The Theology of John Calvin and Its Influence on Western Culture
Juha Ahvio

John Calvin was one of the greatest of Protestant Reformers; in fact, he was ‘The Theologian’, according to Philipp Melanchthon, the father of German Lutheran theology. Calvin’s theology and Reformed theology in general have had an immense influence on the development of Western Culture since the 16th Century. This lecture explains the major topics of Calvin’s theology and points out their connections to the development of Western science, economics, and political thought.



Day 3

How to Tell Our Better Story: The Bible, Sex, and Human Flourishing
Glynn Harrison

Our culture is obsessed with sex and yet Christians often avoid talking about it. We seem to know what we are against - but what are we for? Does the Bible present us with a positive vision of sex and relationships? If so, what does that look like? In this seminar we explore how to tell a better, inspiring, truly biblical story about sex, singleness, and marriage.

 

Pope Francis’s The Joy of the Gospel: Is It All Good News?
Leonardo De Chirico

Five chapters, 288 paragraphs, and more than 220 pages. This is the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, titled The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium). It is a programmatic statement of this Papacy: the Church cannot afford to stay in a “simple maintenance” mode. She needs to be in a “permanent state of mission” (25): going out, being always engaged in involving others and being constantly focused on reaching out.

But what does the Pope mean when he speaks of mission? Certainly he is using familiar language to evangelicals, but what does he mean when he refers to “evangelization”, “mission”, etc.? The talk will provide an overview of the papal document in the attempt to understand the heart of the Pope in his own terms and to provide an evangelical critique.



Day 4

Engaging with the Eastern Orthodox Church
Panagiotis Kantartzis

The Eastern Orthodox Church is for most Protestants an unknown territory. We approach them with ignorance, or even worse, with many wrong assumptions. This session will focus on some key doctrines and practices of the Eastern Orthodox and examine the ways that our witness to them has to be shaped accordingly.

 

Eastern Orthodoxy: An Evangelical Assessment
Michael Reeves

In recent years, Eastern Orthodoxy has become an increasingly significant feature on the radar of Christians worldwide, exerting a strong attraction for many evangelicals. How are we to understand this tradition properly, and what should evangelicals make of it? This session will give a theological analysis and assessment from an evangelical perspective.


 

 

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