European evangelicals reflect on the theology of hope, Evangelical Focus
The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET) held its biennial conference in Prague (Czech Republic) from August 26-30, 2022 on the theme “Hope for the World: Eschatology as a Source of Life for the Mission of the Church”.
Sixty theologians from several disciplines involved in research and theological training from all over Europe, gathered to answer “what does evangelical theology say about hope to a world that knows despair and to a church that tries to serve in such circumstances”.
Speakers discussed academic articles, participated in workshops, organized disciplinary groups in the Old Testament, New Testament, systematic theology, church history, practical theology, and apologetics. It was also time to meet in regional groups.
“Evangelical theology does not speak of a generic hope, but of the hope that is rooted in the biblical narrative.. It is announced in the expectations of Israel in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the life and work of Jesus Christ, and proclaimed and lived in the life of the Church animated by the Holy Spirit,” declared the organizers about the theme of the conference.
The papers discussed at the conference “provided food for thought by providing insight” into this topic from different angles, such as hope in the Old and New Testaments (Prof. Dr. Julius Steinberg, Germany); the implications of Christian hope for apologetics and mission (Dr Yannick Imbert, France); the resurrection of Jesus as the basis of our hope (Prof. Dr. Christian Stettler, Switzerland), the relationship between hope and God’s judgment (Dr. Jiří Bukovský, Czech Republic); and hope and pursuit of social justice (Dr. Alexander Geychenko, Ukraine).
The Biblical plenaries were also around the theme oh hope and were given by Dr Myrtho Theocharous (Greece) on the book of HabakkukDr Külli Tõniste (Estonia) about the book of Revelationand Dr Stephen Dray (UK) on biblical hope according to Hebrews 10.
In addition, Dr. Roman Soloviy from Lviv, Ukraine presented “a moving report of how the Russian invasion of Ukraine brought death and despair and how Christian hope can energize Christians and society as a whole must not give up even in the midst of such evil”.
FEET is “a network of theological scholars that seeks to combine the highest academic standards with a commitment to the authority of Scripture and orthodox biblical theology”.
It was founded by Dr. John Stott and others. The current president is Professor Dr Gert Kwakkel.
The meeting of members during the conference honored the members of the Executive Committee who have served the fellowship for many years and elected as new members Drs. Jiří Bukovský, David Kramer and McTair Wall.
The feet, with the European Evangelical Alliance plans to organize a joint conference in 2024 on the theme of evangelical identity.
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