Faith and Reason in the Theology of Gisbertus Voetius


Course Objective

The student

- knows the content of, and is able to explain, important early modern

Reformed ideas concerning faith and reason, as represented by Gisbertus
Voetius, in their historica l

- is able to answer a research question about a chosen theme of the

theology of Voetius in its systematic and historical context;

- is able to explore, analyze, describe, and explain relations

(conceptually and/or historically) between different parts or elements

of theology;

- is able to report in writing about the results of individual research

on Voetius, thereby showing the ability to complete a learning process.

Course Content

The Dutch pastor and university professor Gisbertus Voetius was a
significant representative of early modern Reformed theology. This
course, on faith and reason in his theology, focuses on Voetius's
answers to selected questions of philosophy, dogmatics, ethics, the
theology of piety, and ecclesiastical law. Taking a longue durée
perspective, special attention will be given to Voetius’s reception of
patristic and medieval thought, to his interaction with contemporaries,
and to the later reception of Voetius’s theology—including the early
years of VU Amsterdam.

Teaching Methods

Twelve seminar sessions with student assignments.

Method of Assessment

Examination is by a final paper (c. 3500 words in total); students of
the research MA program are to submit this paper in English. Grading
will consider course objectives mentioned above, and general principles
of scholarly writing (such as a clear research question, a lucid
argument, accurate use of sources and correct annotation, a clear

Target Audience

This module is part of the Research Master Reformed and Evangelical
Theology in Contemporary Society and can be an elective for all other
master students.

General Information

Course Code G_RMRE06
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator dr. A. Goudriaan
Examiner dr. A. Goudriaan
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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