Theology

Idealism and Realism: A Letter from Karl Barth to Hendrik Willem van der Vaart Smit

The following is a letter from the famous Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) to Hendrik Willem van der Vaart Smit (1888–1986), a—somwehat controversial—student of the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921). The letter is kept in the H. W. van der Vaart Smit Archives, Historical Documentation Center for Dutch Protestantism (1800 to the present day), University… Continue reading Idealism and Realism: A Letter from Karl Barth to Hendrik Willem van der Vaart Smit

Psalm 146, Theology

A Strange Moment in the Reception History of Psalm 146

According to Mark Water, ed., The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs (Alresford: John Hunt, 2001), 908–9, when James Hannington (1847–1885), bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa on behalf of the Church Missionary Society, wanted to travel to Uganda, “he found himself reading words from Psalm 146[:9], ‘The Lord preserveth the strangers’” and “took this to be… Continue reading A Strange Moment in the Reception History of Psalm 146

Herman Bavinck, Theology

Neo-Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, and Reformed Catholicism

September 4 and 5, 2014, a conference will be held on Neo-Calvinism (Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Gerrit Berkouwer et al) and Roman Catholicism. The meeting will take place in Rome and is organized by the Archive and Documentation Centre, the Historical Documentation Centre at VU University, New College at University of Edinburgh, and Kampen Theological… Continue reading Neo-Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, and Reformed Catholicism

Theology

A Night under the Open Sky

Camping in the desert, I have the opportunity to watch the sky and see the stars at night. In the city one could do the same, but clouds often cover the sky and there is always a lot of light pollution and earthly affairs usually make one forget to look upwards. In the desert I… Continue reading A Night under the Open Sky

Books, Herman Bavinck, Theology

Comments on Eric Bristley’s Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck

Bristley’s Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck offers among other things an overview of Bavinck’s life and work, a Bavinck bibliography, and an overview of secondary literature, both in English and in Dutch. Bristley has updated J. Veenhof’s older bibliography of Bavinck’s works (published in Bremmer, Herman Bavinck als dogmaticus, 425–46; additions in Bremmer, Herman… Continue reading Comments on Eric Bristley’s Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck

Christians in Egypt, Egypt, Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Theology

Nine Questions and My Answers to Them

John Kenyon of the Institute for Global Church Studies asked me a number of good questions in his Facebook group. Below his questions with my answers.Christians and the Situation in Egypt 1. Are you free/comfortable to talk about the current political situation in Egypt and how the Church there is responding?First of all, my Egyptian colleague… Continue reading Nine Questions and My Answers to Them

Books, Herman Bavinck, Theology

Living God or Loving God?

This week I received a review copy of John Bolt, A Theological Analysis of Herman Bavinck’s Two Essays on the Imitatio Christi: Between Pietism and Modernism, with a foreword by David Van Drunen (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2013), which is a somewhat revised edition of Bolt’s 1982 doctoral dissertation. While my review is to… Continue reading Living God or Loving God?

Biblical Studies, Society of Biblical Literature

SBL Session on Genocide in the Bible: Pictures from Cairo

Last Saturday we met here in Cairo to watch a session of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Baltimore on genocide in the Bible. When the session in Baltimore ended, our group here in Egypt took time to talk more about the theme, which led to a stimulating discussion. Moreover, the first seeds… Continue reading SBL Session on Genocide in the Bible: Pictures from Cairo

Biblical Art, Biblical Studies, Christians in Egypt, Egypt

Biblical Art in Sohag

Deep down in Egypt, 500 km (300 miles) south of Cairo, just outside the province capital of Sohag, at the border of the Nile valley and the Western desert, within a stone’s throw of the age-old White Monastry, one finds a remarkable new Coptic Orthodox Church.

Biblical Studies, Theology

Links for AMEST Context and Reception of Genesis 1–11

This fall I teach a master’s course here at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo entitled Ancient Middle Eastern Source Texts (AMEST): Context and Reception of Genesis 1–11. The following are some links that may be of interest for the students of this course as well as for others who like the subject area (which… Continue reading Links for AMEST Context and Reception of Genesis 1–11

Christians in Egypt, Egypt, Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo

Learn More about the Church in Egypt Today

Meet Dr. Atef M. Gendy (president of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo) on the West Coast of the USA! Meetings are in Seattle - Tacoma (October 13 and 14), San Fransisco Bay Area (October 16, 17, and 18), and San Diego (October 19 and 20).

Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Theology

Theological Voices from Egypt

In the time of the early church, Egypt produced and hosted some of the most important theologians of Christianity, especially in Alexandria. Today, the fire of theological reflection is burning again in Egypt, for example at our seminary here in Cairo.