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  • Nieuwegracht 61, Nieuwegracht Building, room NE 105

    3512 LG Utrecht


1985 …2019
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Research interests

As Dean of the Tilburg School of Theology (2014-2017) my main task (0.6 fte) is to contribute to the flourishing of teaching and research at TST through efficient administration. Key terms are: improving the quality and impact of our research, internationalisation (both in teaching and in research), stimulating the formation of Nachwuchs, updating the profile of some of our degree programs, and fundraising.

Having been trained in analytical philosophy and having worked in an ecumenical context for 25 years, I am now applying my skills, knowledge and experience to issues in fundamental theology and dogmatics in my research (0.2 fte). Moreover, I enjoy handing on my knowledge to a younger generation through teaching (0.2 fte). 

Now is the time to lay the foundation for a new flourishing of the Church and of Systematic Theology in the Netherlands!

Key words: ecclesiology, prayer, evil, Apostles' Creed, Aquinas, CS Lewis



1988-1992 Utrecht University: Research Assistant STEGON (OIO)

1992-2004 Utrecht University: Lecturer in the philosophy of religion

2004-2010Utrecht University: Senior Lecturer in the philosophy of religion

2000-2001 Netherlands Research School for Theology and Religious Studies: Interim Director

2005-2009 Netherlands Research School for Theology and Religious Studies: Director

2005-2010 Utrecht University: UUF professor in the History and Philosophy of Theology (bijz. hoogleraar vanwege het Utrechts Universiteitsfonds met als leeropdracht: ?De theologie als wetenschapsgebied: Haar geschiedenis, context en relevantie?)

2008-2012Utrecht University: Department of Theology: Head of Department

2011-2012Utrecht University: Research Professor in the History and Philosophy of Religious Studies and Theology (profileringshoogleraar met een toegespitste leeropdracht in het onderzoek, luidende: Geschiedenis en Wijsbegeerte van Religiewetenschap en Theologie)

2012-Tilburg University: Professor of Fundamental Theology

2014-Tilburg University: Dean of TST



In 2015-2016 Marcel Sarot teaches an MA course on KeMercy and a BA course 'Introduction to Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology'. 

Current courses

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External positions

(Kath. ver.voor Oecumare Willibrord & Athanasius)

1 Jan 2015 → …

(Permanent diaken Parochie St Maarten)

6 Jan 2007 → …

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Research Output 1985 2019

Psychiatry and Religion: Controversies and Consensus: A Matter of Attitude

Verhagen, P. J., 2019, Duren, Germany: Shaker Verlag.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

Compatibilist Freedom and the Problem of Evil

Gillett, J., 2018, S.l.: [s.n.]. 162 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Problem of Evil
Free Will
Philosophy of Religion

God is groter: Geloofsverantwoording en de grenzen van onze Godsbeelden

Sarot, M., 2018, In : Kontekstueel. 33, 2, p. 14-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional


The Apostes' Creed: ‘He Descended into Hell’

Sarot, M. & van Wieringen, A., 2018, Leiden: Brill. 212 p. (Studies in Theology and Religion; vol. 24)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

Theology from the Abyss: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Christ’s Descent into Hell

Sarot, M. & van Wieringen, A., 2018, The Apostles’ Creed: ‘He Descended into Hell’. Sarot, M. & van Wieringen, A. (eds.). Brill, Vol. 24. p. 1-8 8 p. (Studies in Theology and Religion ; vol. 24).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 2012 2019

Heiligen in de Kerk

Marcel Sarot (Speaker)
22 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationPopular

The Good Life

Marcel Sarot (Speaker)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Evolutionary Theory and Roman Catholicism

Marcel Sarot (Speaker)
29 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

annual conference society for the study of theology

Marcel Sarot (Contributor)
9 Apr 201812 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Oeucumene en gebed

Marcel Sarot (Speaker)
17 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

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