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International Conference: The Theology of Dort (1618–1619) Confessional Consolidation, Conflictual Contexts, and Continuing Consequences

Vanaf:wo 08-05-2019
Tot en met:do 09-05-2019
Waar:Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

The Theological University of Apeldoorn, the Hersteld Hervormd Seminarium (VU Amsterdam), and the Special Chair of Reformed Theology (University of Groningen) are co-organizing an international academic conference on the Theology of Dort.


Wednesday 8 May

Time Location: Faculty hall Location: Courtroom Location: Room 130
10.00 Welcome by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Prof. Mladen Popović, and a brief introduction by Prof. Henk van den Belt
10.15 Dr Dolf te Velde, Theological University of Kampen, Justified by Faith? Franciscus Gomarus on the Crucial Issue with Jacob Arminius
11.00 Coffee/tea break
11.15 Prof. Volker Leppin, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, A disliked doctrine: Predestination, Dort and the Lutherans
12.00 Dr Harm Goris, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Total depravity or relapse into natural state? Roman Catholic views on the effects of the Fall

Lunch (more information on the location will follow)

14.00 Jacob van Sluis, Groningen University Library and Tresoar Leeuwarden, The Franeker Academy and the Synod of Dort Jeannette Kreijkes, PhD Groningen, Did the Synod of Dort Consider Chrysostom a Semi-Pelagian? Continuity and Discontinuity of Early Christian Views in the Reformed Tradition
14.30 Bert Koopman, independent scholar, Preparatory work, rejected by the front door, stealthily admitted by the back door Prof. Wim van Vlastuin, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Retrieving the doctrine of the apostasy of the saints in the ‘Remonstrantie
15.00 Coffee/tea break
15.30 Prof. Wim Moehn, Protestant Theological University, Debating regeneration – from baptismal water to seed of regeneration. Dr Pieter L. Rouwendal, independent scholar, Predestination and the Marks of Gods Children in the judicia at Dordt.
16.00 Prof. Erik de Boer, Theological University Kampen, Dort and the election of Israel Prof. Donald Sinnema, Trinity Christian College, Doctrinal Differences and Dissension among Delegates at the Synod of Dort
16.30 Break
17.30 Dinner buffet
18.30 Corné Blaauw, South Africa, PhD Candidate, VU University Amsterdam, “If…then”: The Synod of Dort, Modal Language and Middle Knowledge Takayuki Yagi, PhD Candidate, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, No Less than Creation in Power: The process of conversion, the Canons of Dort, and William Ames
19.00 Ariane Albisser, Institutsassistenz und Doktorandin Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte, Zurich The statement of Utrecht, Gelderland and Groningen on the first Remonstrant Article Hendra Thamrindinata, PhD student in Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Franciscus Gomarus (1563-1641) on the Son’s Aseity
19.30 Jac. de Groot, MA Theological University Kampen, Hieronymus Vogellius’ Catechism: reception of Heidelberg and Dort’ Dr Joke Spaans & Pauline Wegener, Utrecht University Practical theology after Dordrecht: Wilhelmus van Irhoven’s Gronden van het verzekert Christendom

Thursday 9 May (daytime)

Time Location: Faculty hall Location: Courtroom Location: Room 130
9.30 Prof. Michael Haykin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary/Andrew Fuller Center, “Abunde sufficiens ad totius mundi peccata expianda”: Particular Baptists & the reception of Dort
10.15 Arnold Huijgen, Theological University of Apeldoorn, The Lasting Value and Limitations of the Canons of Dort
11.00 Coffee/tea break
11.30 Guided tour in the Martinichurch
12.45 Lunch (more information on the location will follow)
14.00 Anja van Harten-Tip, Independent scholar, The Theology of Dordt, reflected in the Dordt Church Order 1619 Jake Griesel, PhD candidate in Historical Theology Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, Vanquished by the Arminians?: The persistence of the Reformed doctrines of election, efficacious grace, and perseverance in the post-Restoration Church of England
14.30 Pierrick Hildebrand, Swiss Reformation Studies Institute, University of Zurich, Dort reloaded? The Reception of the Canons of Dort in the Helvetic Consensus Formula (1675) Dr Jan van de Kamp, Associate Professor in Church History, VU University, The assessment of Richard Baxter’s theological writings and the authority of Dort
15.00 Coffee/tea break
15.30 Kees van Kralingen, Editor of the UK-based magazine Reformation Today, Apologetics and the Canons of Dort: Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in Alvin Plantinga’s Concept of Warranted Christian Belief Daniel R. Hyde, PhD-candidate VU University Amsterdam, For the Early Church Already Condemned this Doctrine Long Ago in the Pelagians”: Exploring Continuities Between the Synod of Dort’s (1618–19) Third and Fourth Points of Doctrine and the Second Council of Orange (529)
16.00 Prof. Lyle D. Bierma, Zondervan Professor of the History of Christianity, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, The Canons of Dort as a Missional Document Dr Gert van den Brink, independent scholar, The Arminian Beggar: The Beggar Metaphor in the Remonstrant Controversy

Thursday 9 May (evening)

Time Location: 't Feithuis - Gomarus' former parsonage
17.00 Herman Selderhuis ~ Closing remarks
17.30 Dinner
19.30 Closing of Dinner

Practical information

  • The conference will take place at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK Groningen, phone: +31 50 363 8017.
  • The costs for participating in the conference are € 150 (including coffee, tea, 2 lunches and 2 diners).
  • In order to enroll, please transfer € 150 to the Theological University Apeldoorn IBAN: NL 96 ABNA 0447 2695 18 (BIC ABNANL2A), including the remark 'Conference: Theology of Dort' and your name and e-mail address. Participation is only possible if the money has been transferred by April 15th.
  • The organisation does not provide for hotels or transportation to, from or in Groningen, so please book a hotel in or near the inner city .