Summer Seminar 2017, August 21-23
‘What the Humanities Contribute to the University’

Was thinking of theology as the queen of the sciences a mistake?

Gijsbert van den Brink

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands


In this lecture, I will first explore why theology ever received the honorary title of regina scientiarum. Next,  I will sketch how theology’s academic status crumbled over time, so that the discipline is now often seen at best as a quixotic remnant of bygone times. Finally, I will argue that this latter reputation is far from adequate, and elucidate how the systematic study of life’s most profound questions from a transcendent perspective is still vital to present-day academic life.

Brief Bio

Gijsbert van den Brink studied theology and philosophy of religion at Utrecht University. After having entered the ministry and having taught at various Dutch universities, he currently holds the University Research Chair for Theology & Science at VU’s Faculty of Theology, where he is also head of the Department of Beliefs and Practices. His books include Almighty God. A Study of the Doctrine of Divine Omnipotence; Philosophy of Science for Theologians: An Introduction; Christian Dogmatics (co-authored with Cornelis van der Kooi) and Reformed Theology & Evolutionary Theory (forthcoming with Eerdmans, Grand Rapids). Van den Brink is a staff member of the Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and the Big Questions.

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