In Academia for the Church
Eastern and Central European Theological Perspectives
Tension between theory and practice in theological education is an unfortunate yet common occurrence, with educators sometimes finding themselves on one extreme or the other. Some academics can be so immersed in high-level theological discourse that they hardly interact with the main questions of the average church-goer, while others are so keen to be engaging and relevant they fail to be rigorous in their scholarship. Regardless of the reasons the results are the same – failure to present the good news with a powerful, credible voice. To address this tension between academia and the church, a group of Eastern European theologians came together in the spring of 2013 in Berekfüdő, Hungary. This publication is a collection of 10 edited papers presented at that conference. While topics are addressed from a European context the principles behind them are far-reaching, providing important insight for the global church and academy alike.
In this volume the readers will be able to encounter the reflections of evangelical theologians from Eastern and Central Europe around the topic of In Academia for the Church. Important topics such as discipleship and spiritual formation, new dimensions of mission in the city or to minorities, and working at interdisciplinary fields have been engaged in a critical and constructive manner.
Vice-rector for Academics Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute
I highly recommend this volume for ministers, educators, theologians and laymen from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe since the issues discussed in local context are truly global.
Professor Botond Gaál
Doctor of Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
Debrecen Reformed Theological University
This collection is a rare gem. . . This book models a robust theological dialogue that points to the potential for transformed and transformative practices – those of the church in mission as well as those of the theological academy.
Rev Dr Darrell Jackson
Senior Lecturer in Missiology,
Morling College, Sydney
Christian scholarship and academic excellence have to be viewed as part of biblical stewardship, and although the relationship between the Academy and Ecclesia does not exist without tensions, we must continually strive for creative balance, mutual accountability and respect in order to achieve optimal synergies and advance the performative dynamic of both. This diverse collection of East European contributions asks contextually relevant questions and points in the right direction.
Dr. Peter Kuzmic
Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professorof World Missions and European Studies,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Table of Contents
- Listening to One Another!
- Chapter 1
- History and Theology: Johann Philipp Gabler’s Legacy in Biblical Studies
- Tamás Czövek
- Johann Philipp Gabler
- Biblical Studies Void of Theology
- Biblical Studies Void of History
- Concluding Remarks
- Chapter 2
- Should Theological Academic Environments Be More Spiritually Formative and Practical?
- Ksenija Magda
- The Task of Theological Academia
- What is Biblical?
- Some Concluding Propositions
- Chapter 3
- From Knowledge to Understanding: Teaching Systematic Theology after Modernity
- Dóra Bernhardt
- After Modernity
- Systematic Theology after Modernity
- Chapter 4
- Developing Missional Leaders in the Reformed Church in Hungary: Missional Leadership in the City
- András Lovas
- The Problem to be Addressed: What Kind of Leadership?
- The Methodology and the Content of the Courses
- Relevant Issues from My Experience
- Some Concluding Remarks
- Chapter 5
- A Growing Need for a Common Moral Vision: A Cry for Humble Co-operation between Theology and Other Disciplines
- István Pásztori-Kupán
- All are One?
- Sustainable Development: Plans and Illusions
- The Illusion of Moral Development
- The Illusion of a Morally Neutral Science
- A Possible Synergy between Theological Ethics and Sciences
- Chapter 6
- The Place of the Theological Academy in the Church: A Case for Public Theology
- Tamás Béres
- The Church – How Christians Live Togethe
- The Relationship between Church and Academia
- Academia as an Opportunity – A Special Place for the Acceptance of
- Global Challenges
- An Answer to Today’s Worldwide Challenges: Public Theology
- How to Teach Theology Today? – Some Practical Examples
- Chapter 7
- The Christian University: An Oxymoron or a Community of Faith and Knowledge
- Tibor Fabiny
- The Problem: Is There a ‘Christian University’?
- Experience – From a Personal Perspective
- The Vision – A Community of Faith and a Community of Knowledge
- Conclusion: A (Perhaps Utopian?) Vision of a Vibrant,
- Open-minded, Faith-oriented Community
- Chapter 8
- Faith and Learning: Re-visiting the Idea of Christian University
- Corneliu Constantineanu
- The Re-emergence of Religion in the Social Arena
- The Search for Integration
- The Tension Requiring the Integration of Faith and Learning:
- Models of Integration
- A Christian University
- Conclusion: Christian University and Postmodern Culture
- Chapter 9
- Choosing from Theology, theology, theology and THEOLOGY: A Plea Against Pigeonholing Theology in Universities
- Corneliu C. Simuț
- Who is Afraid of Theologians?
- What is Theology?
- Why Pigeonholing Theology?
- Concluding Remarks: The God of Pigeonholed Theology
- Chapter 10
- Theological Education in Academia: A Convictional Theological Perspective on Evangelical Learning
- Parush R. Parushev
- The Challenge of Credibility and Relevance
- Challenges of Contextualization
- Education and Socialization
- Contributor’s Biographies