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    3512 LG Utrecht

    Netherlands

1986 …2018
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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Director of the Centre of Patristic Research (UvT-VU)

    Full Professor of Church History and History of Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University

    Professor Graduate School of Humanities at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Tilburg

    Extraordinary Professor of Patristics and Augustinian Studies, Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam.

 

Career

Professional Details

  • Vice-dean (prodecanus), Faculty of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University
  • Director Graduate School of Theology, Tilburg University
  • Full Professor of Church History and History of Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University
  • Endowed Professor of Augustinian Studies, Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam
  • Distinguished lecturer ESAA (Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance, Erasmus University Rotterdam

 Posts and Previous Posts

  • 2014- ... Director Graduate School of Theology, Tilburg University
  • 2013-.... Expert, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Holy See)
  • 2013- .... distinguished lecturer ESAA (Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance, Erasmus University);
  • 2013- .... Vice-dean, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University
  • 2012 Visiting Professor, Villanova University (Penn.)
  • 2012- 2014 DepartmentChair,Biblical Studies and Church History (Tilburg University)
  • 2010 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Theology, Institute for Augustinian Studies, University of Malta
  • 2008- ... Founder and director of the Centre of Patristic Research, University of Tilburg and VU University Amsterdam
  • 2007 - ... Professor of Church History and History of Theology, University of Tilburg
  • 2007- 2014 Professor Graduate School of Humanities at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Tilburg
  • 2005- ... Extraordinary Professor of Augustine Studies at the Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam
  • 2003: Visiting professor Lampeter University, Wales
  • 2001- 2007 Extraordinary Professor of Augustine Studies, Catholic Theological University Utrecht
  • 1997-2002 Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc) The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • 1998-2001 Lecturer in Spirituality, Catholic Theological University Utrecht
  • 1997-1998 Lecturer Systematic Theology, Catholic Theological University
  • 1997-2002 Pastoral referee in Rotterdam-Oost.
  • 1997-1998 Director Ethics Department The Hague University of Applied Science (interim)
  • 1997-1998 Business Consultant Dutch Quality Schools
  • 1995-1998 Research fellow, Project ?Pilgrimage places in The Netherlands? (P.J. Meertensinstituut, KNAW)
  • 1991-1994 PhD student; junior research fellow Titus Brandsma Institute, Faculty of Theology, Catholic University Nijmegen

 Senior Administrative Roles in University

  • 2016:  member and chairman Beoordelingscommissie voor het programma Promoties in de geesteswetenschappen (NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • 2015- ?  Member Council of the Association Internationale d?Etudes Patristiques (AIEP);
  • 2015: member Valorization Board, Tilburg University
  • 2015:  member ?Beoordelingscommissie voor het programma Promoties in de geesteswetenschappen (NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • 2015- ? Member Council of the Association Internationale d'Etudes Patristiques (AIEP)
  • 2015- ? Member Valorization Board, Tilburg University
  • 2014- ? Member Curatorium Goldschmeding Foundation
  • 2014: member Beoordelingscommissie voor het programma Vrije Competitie (NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • 2014- ? peer review

Current courses

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PhD supervision

 Postdoctoral research fellows

 

  • José van Aelst, The Fifteenth Century Versions of the Hundred articles of the Passion by Henry Suso (VENI, with Paul Wackers, finished may 2011: Vruchten van de passie. De laatmiddeleeuwse passieliteratuur verkend aan de hand van Suso?s Honderd artikelen. Hilversum: Verloren: 2011; Middeleeuwse Studies en Bronnen 129)
  • Hans van Loon, The Mystagogy of the Pascal Homilies of Cyrillus of Alexandria (Private Foundation)
  • Liuwe Westra, Early Christian Creeds (Private Foundation)
  • Marten van Wilgen, The mystagogy of Ambrose (Stichting Vroege Kerk)
  • Arnold Smeets, The mystagogy of Gregory the Great (KRO)

 

Former PhD students

 

  • Ken Becker, From the Treasure-House of Scripture: An Analysis of Scriptural Sources in De imitatione (defence: Lampeter University, Wales, 14 december 2003) Thesis published in Instrvmenta patristica et mediaevalia. Research on the Inheritance of Early and Medieval Christianity 44; Turnhout: Brepols, 2004)
  • Elisabeth Boddens Hosang, Establishing Boundaries. Christian Jewish Relations in Early Council Texts and the Writings of Church Fathers (defence: Tilburg University, 10 september 2008, with Gerard Rouwhorst). Thesis published in Jewish and Christian Perspectives 19; Leiden, Brill, 2010
  • Daniel Napier, From the Circular Soul to the Cracked Self: A Genetic Historiography of Augustine?s Anthropology from Cassiciacum to the Confessiones (defence: VU University Amsterdam, 26 november 2010). Thesis will be published in Late Antique History and Religion (Leuven: Peeters)
  • Martin Claes, Exercitatio Mentis als Casus. (defence: UvT, 22 december 2011). Thesis published as: Exercitatio Mentis als Casus. Een onderzoek naar Augustinus als Pegagoog (Almere: Parthenon, 2011).

 

 

 

Current PhD students

 

  • Peter van Egmond, The libellus fidei of Pelagius: text, context and theology (defence: VU, 2012)
  • Jannes Hoekman, The metaphor of the Dies Dominicus in the works of St. Augustine (VU)
  • Bernard ten Hove, The metaphor of area in the works of St. Augustine (VU)
  • Laela Zwollo, The Human Mind as Reflection of a Divine Image: Augustine, Plotinus and a Gnostic author (UvT, with Rudi te Velde)
  • Frank Bosman Byzantinisches Christentum: Dadaïst Hugo Ball herleest Johannes Climacus, Dionysius de Aeropagiet en Simon de Styliet(UvT, with Theo Salemink)
  • Nathan Witkamp, Tradition and Innovation: a Critical Comparison of the Baptismal Rites of Theodore of Mopsuestia and Narsai of Nisibis (VU, ETF, with G. Vleugels)
  • Herbert Batt, The pagan sources of Augustine?s Hermeneutic (UvT)
  • Cees van Halem, De perceptie van het Joodse volk in de na-oorlogse preken in de protestantse traditie (UvT, with M. Poorthuis)
  • Francesco Celia, (VU)

External positions

Distinguished lecturer (ESAA)

1 Jan 2009 → …

Keywords

  • Patrology/Patristics
  • Mysticism
  • Spirituality
  • Christian Creed
  • Augustine
  • Christian Philosophy
  • Business Spirituality
  • Catholic Theology In The 19th Century
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Interaction Religion Politics

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Research Output 1986 2018

Augustine as a Negative Theologian revisited

van Geest, P., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Church History and Religious Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Baptism in the Tradition of Augustine? The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger with Respect to Baptism

van Ittersum, M., 2018, (Submitted) 263 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Theology
Pope Benedict XVI
Augustine of Hippo
Baptism
Sacrament

Het katholicisme in Europa: Een geschiedenis

Schelkens, K., van Geest, P. & van Gennip, J., 10 Sep 2018, Amsterdam: Boom Uitgeverij. 445 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookProfessional

Metaphor, history and the ineffability of God: Augustine's approach to reading the Old Testament

Jacobs, G., 2018, Bergambacht: Uitgeverij 2VM. 224 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access
File
History
Deity
Old Testament
Augustine of Hippo
Ineffability

Rectitudo

van Geest, P., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Augustinus-Lexikon. Mayer, C., Chelius, K. H. & Grote, A. (eds.). Fasc. 7-8 ed. Basel, Vol. 4.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionaryScientificpeer-review

Activities 1998 2017

Lecture on Augustine's 'De civitate Dei' (1/2)

P.J.J. van Geest (Speaker)
26 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Eenheid in verscheidenheid. Enkele voorbeelden uit de eerste eeuwen van het christendom

P.J.J. van Geest (Speaker)
28 Jan 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Bilderbergconferentie VNO-NCW 2017

P.J.J. van Geest (Contributor)
4 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Lecture on the 'Liquidation' of the Church

P.J.J. van Geest (Speaker)
5 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Vier wijzen van 'evangeliseren' in het vroege christendom

P.J.J. van Geest (Speaker)
27 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Press / Media

Vaticaan waarschuwt: handel in relieken loopt uit de hand

Paul van Geest

20/12/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Paus is niet tevreden met Onze Vader

Paul van Geest

15/12/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview about the origens of 'Sinterklaas'

Paul van Geest

5/12/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview about the visit of pope to Myanmar and Bangladesh

Paul van Geest

27/11/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition

Research Projects
Human Flourishing
Religion
Moral Justification
Free Market

Awarded grants for two postdocs

Paul van Geest (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Theoloog des Vaderlands

Paul van Geest (Recipient), 2014

Prize: National/international honour

Theologians
Broadcasting
Juries