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Research Unit History of Church and Theology

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies contains five Research Units: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, Theological and Comparative Ethics, History of Church and Theology, and Pastoral and Empirical Theology. These research units have been entrusted with the teaching of theology and religious studies in the Faculty programmes, with research, with the formation of research personnel, and with social and ecclesiastical services related to each discipline.

Research in History of Church and Theology

AfbeeldingAt the crossroads of theology and history and rooted in a tradition of cutting edge source-based scholarship, Leuven research in the history of church and theology is characterized by an interest in both institutional and theological-spiritual aspects. The holding together of these dimensions gives the research unit its unique interdisciplinary profile. In research and teaching, the four traditional periods in the history of Church and Theology are covered (Christianity in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Modern Period, and the Contemporary Period). Individuals whose life and thought are studied include Athanasius, the Cappadocians, Augustine, Ruusbroec, Driedo, and Congar. Thematically, research focuses on topics as diverse as theological controversies (Arianism, Donatism, Pelagianism, Reformation and Catholic Reformation, Modernism, and Nouvelle théologie), the history of councils (especially Vatican II), patristic sermons, medieval mysticism, the Bible in the vernacular, history of missions, and even the attitude of the Roman Catholic Church towards sports. Over the years research centres have been founded to facilitate and structure initiatives. These centres are places where important archival material or rare book collections are preserved and made accessible; they stimulate research and interaction at the level of the institution and the international academic world.

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  • De Volder Jan (visiting professor): Churches and religions in war time, interreligious dialogue, conflict resolution and conflict prevention
  • Dupont Anthony: Latin Patristics; Augustine; sermons; Roman North Africa
  • Faesen Rob: Medieval mysticism; Ruusbroec; Hadewijch
  • François Wim: Biblical scholarship 16th-17th century; Bible translations; mission history
  • Gevers Godelieve (Em.): Flemish Church of the 20th century
  • Gielis Marcel (visiting professor): 16th-17th century; Erasmus; Adrian VI; Latomus; Bishops of Antwerp; the historical method
  • Kenis Leo: Modernism; history of the Faculty; Vatican II
  • Lamberigts Mathijs: Augustine; Jansenism; Vatican II
  • Leemans Johan: Greek Patristics; martyrdom; sermons
  • Teule Herman (Em.): Christianity in the Arabic world; Christian-Muslim relations; Christian-Arabic & Syriac literature
  • Vanysacker Dries: Early modern church history; history of sports; mission history

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All members of the Research Unit

List of all members of the RU

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Research Centres and Research Groups

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Second-Year Doctoral Evaluations: Definition, Guidelines and Procedures

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Doctoral Course - Portfolio

List of approved lectures for doctoral portfolio

Any student who wants to see an example of the portfolio, can contact the secretary of the Research Unit.  Please use one of the templates below as start page for the doctoral portfolio:

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