What happens when people report God, or the Holy Spirit, to be speaking to them – sometimes saying very concrete things? In a time in which institutions and external authorities rapidly lose credibility, for many religious believers personal experience has become their most important guiding principle in matters of faith and life.
Their direct experience of God is much more important than the Bible, the wisdom of the Christian tradition or the teachings of the church. How should these developments be assessed? In the Bible God speaks directly to humans all the time, and in some Christian traditions the feeling of the inward working of the Holy Spirit is the yardstick for the true faith. At the same time, personal experiences can of course easily be misinterpreted as having a divine origin, and in some cases this can even lead to power abuse: pretending divine legitimation for one’s own wishes… The research team Reformed and Evangelical Theology will be focusing on these kind of questions.
Besides this shared research focus on 'Presence and Discernment' every member of the research team also has their own research. As such, the research team also functions as a forum for discussing these individual projects with peers, and for receiving valuable feedback.