Course Objective1. The student is familiar with the history and characteristics of the
Charismatic/Pentecostal and Evangelical Movement
2. The student knows the characteristics of the current Evangelical
movement (in the Netherlands, Western Europe and globally), as well as
the main trends that have shaped it, and are shaping it (e.g. the church
growth movement, the Charismatic movement, postmodernity).
3. The student is able to outline some of the main challenges of the
Evangelical movement in the current context towards the future (e.g.
secularisation, changing forms of belonging, the search for identity and
authorities, its relation to culture), and is able to interpret these
theologically and missiologically.
Course ContentIn this module, the current Evangelical movement (with a focus on the
Netherlands and Western Europe) comes in view. It is understood as an
amorphous whole, with clear similarities, yet also clear differences
between groups. We look at the plurality of influences that continue to
shape it, in its form as well as its theology. So e.g. we look at the
tense and complicated relationship with the ecumenical movement in the
70s, the influence of the Charismatic renewal and Pentecostal movements.
The focus is on some of the central challenges that are emerging; e.g.
what is the influence of secularization on the evangelical movement
(past and present) (the subjectivation thesis)? How do sociological and
technological developments affect changing patterns of belonging? Which
traditions, sources and authorities function as identity markers for the
Evangelical movement, and in this line continue to look at global
Pentecostalism and the missional movement in particular.
Teaching MethodsThe student prepares the lectures by reading the specified literature.
In the classes the content is critically discussed by means of a guided
There are 6 ECTS for this course (= 168 sbu). The classes count for
approximately 20 hours, examination 20 hours. 128 hours are used for
literature study (calculating with 7 pages per hour, 870 pages); in a
module reading guide, a scheme provides the exact literature that is to
be read for each class.
Method of AssessmentProcessing of literature (writing a critical survey, 50%) and an oral
Parts of the following books (a definitive study guide, including a
reader, will be sent prior to the course):
• Donald M. Lewis & Richard V. Pierard (eds), Global Evangelicalism:
Theology, History & Culture in Regional Perspective (Downers Grove, IVP:
• Allan Heaton Anderson, An Introduction to Pentecostalism, 2nd ed.
(Cambridge: University Press, 2013)
• Gibbs. Eddie, Churchmorph: How Megatrends are Reshaping Christian
Communities (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009)
• Paas, S., Vreemdelingen en priesters: Christelijke missie in een
postchristelijke omgeving (Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum, 2015) (or an
• Klaver, M., Paas, S., & Staalduine-Sulman, E. van, Evangelicals and
Sources of Authority (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2016)
• Kooi, C. van der, Staalduine-Sulman, E. van, & Zwiep, A. W.,
Evangelical Theology in Transition. Amsterdam Studies in Theology and
Religion (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2012)
Next to these books, a reader will be provided (consisting of some
recent PhD thesises as well as some academic articles) and a free
reading assignment on a topic of choice.
Target AudienceThis module is part of the McClendon track within Exploring a
Discipline. It can be chosen as an elective by other Master's students.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Religion and Theology|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. H.A. Bakker|
|Examiner||prof. dr. H.A. Bakker|
J. Riphagen MA
prof. dr. H.A. Bakker
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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