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Explore theology and cultural heritage in Amsterdam and abroad

Peace Theology and Anabaptist-Mennonite Traditions

The minor Peace Theology and Anabaptist-Mennonite Traditions builds bridges between theory and practice -and between past and present. You will learn the following skills:
  • Critical reading and primary source analysis skills
  • Academic writing proficiency
  • Interreligious dialogue
  • Intercultural communication
  • Historical background in church history and cultural studies suitable for further specialized academic study
  • Conflict resolution theory and practical knowledge
  • Expertise in Mennonite Studies suitable for students wishing to pursue further graduate studies in this field
  • Specialist knowledge of Mennonite theology, suitable for those wishing to pursue further theological studies or become qualified to work as a minister within the global Mennonite church

Programming is designed so that all courses fit within one semester, and all courses will be formatted so that they are recognized and accredited internationally. The language of instruction is English.

Overview Courses

  • Philosophy and Ethics of Political Violence: Peace, War, and Terrorism

    In this course, students will learn about major ethical and philosophical positions concerning conflict, violence, non-violence, “just war,” and “just peace.” The course works from an interdisciplinary perspective, including methodologies from theology, political science, and philosophy.

    PACS, existing VU-wide interdisciplinary BA course

    Teachers: Enns, Pacheco & Buijs

  • Peace Church Studies: Theology

    This course explores concepts of the "Peace Church" and the "Historic Peace Church" from a historical perspective. In class, students will trace and compare the positions of the church traditions that have historically aimed to espouse a theology and ethic of nonviolence. 

    Teacher: Enns

  • Biblical Perspectives on Peace and Justice

    This course focuses on key biblical texts that are often connected with themes of peace and peace theology. Students will analyse with violent stories and texts from the Bible and consider differences between biblical and contemporary concepts of “peace” and “justice.” How can these inspire our thinking today about restorative justice and sustainability?

    Teacher: Karrer

  • The Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and other Minorities

    Students will learn about the theological tenets and historical origins of the Anabaptists, and other nonconformist religious minorities that spread around Europe in the sixteenth century. The early years of Anabaptist-Mennonite development will be contextualized in relation to the broader socio-political developments and religious reformations of the era.This course focuses on key biblical texts that are often connected with themes of peace and peace theology. 

    Teachers: Veen, Schroeder

  • Identity and Emancipation – Practical Ethics in Pastoral Care

    The student will be able to explore themes of emancipation, spirituality, religion, liberation, peace, authenticity, and identity as these relate to development of Christian identity in a postmodern world. The course will explore contemporary themes in practical pastoral care, and spiritual development from the vantage points of philosophy, theology, and ethics.

    Teachers: Van Troostwijk, van Hulst