The Eastern European Institute of Theology launches a new series of methodological seminars on "Theological and Ethical Challenges of Wartime." The war in Ukraine, the genocide of the Ukrainian people, and the military threats modern humanity faces drive the choice of the theme. Since the church's inception, Christians have experienced constant tensions due to their dual identity as both the followers of Christ and the citizens of states entering into military conflicts. Efforts to reconcile these identities and bring together unsettling biblical images of war and Christ's teaching on non-resistance to evil have provoked lengthy and fierce theological debates. Their relevance is growing significantly today as the Old world is threatened by a new redistribution of borders and spheres of influence for the first time since the Cold War. Current and potential military conflicts confront every Christian with the need to define their place and role in the new circumstances and urge them to find ways to resolve conflicts, build peace, and prevent violence. This general topic will include the following seminars: "Historical and Contemporary Approaches to War and Peace in Christianity" (November 4, 2022), "Security, Violence and Vulnerability in a Biblical Perspective" (December 16, 2022), "The Language of the Bible, War and Peace" (January 27, 2023), "Biblical Theology of Reconciliation and Restorative Justice. The Potential of the Christian Community in Building Peace in a Divided World" (March 17, 2023).
The 29th Methodological Theological Seminar, the first seminar of this series, will be held on November 4, 2022. The topic of the 29th seminar is "Historical and Contemporary Approaches to War and Peace in Christianity." EEIT is returning to a mixed seminar format, so there will be opportunities to participate online and offline at the Institute's office.
Joshua Searle, Doctor of Divinity, Associate Director of Postgraduate Studies at Spurgeon College (London, Great Britain) "On the Nature of War“
Rostyslav Tkachenko, Ph.D., freelance researcher at the Evangelical Theological University (Leuven, Belgium) "Christian Theory of Just War: Theses, Meanings and Criticism“
Oleg Bornovolokov, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of Theology, Senior Lecturer at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary (Kyiv, Ukraine) "Issues of War in the Evangelical Brotherhood in a Historical Context"
Anatoly Bondarenko, Master of Theology, head of the Bachelor of Pastoral Ministry program at the Odesa Theological Seminary (Odesa, Ukraine) "Renunciation of Violence: Theological Foundations and Historical Practices of Christian communities"
Work of the Seminar
9.00 -10.30 – Joshua T. Searle "On the Nature of War“
10.30 -11.00 – break
11.00 -12.30 – Rostyslav Tkachenko "Christian Theory of Just War: Theses, Meanings and Criticism“
12.30 -13.30 – break for lunch
13.30-15.00 – Oleg Bornovolokov "Issues of War in the Evangelical Brotherhood in a Historical Context"
15.00-15.30 – break
15.30-17.00 – Anatoliy Bondarenko "Renunciation of Violence: Theological Foundations and Historical Practices of Christian communities"
Offline at the EEIT office in Lviv – 150 UAH
Online (Zoom) – 100 UAH
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