1986 …2019
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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

  • Full Professor of Church History and History of Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University
  • Full Professor Economy and Theology, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Theology, Catholic University Leuven

 Posts and Previous Posts

  • 2014- 2019 Director Graduate School of Theology, Tilburg University
  • 2013-.... Expert, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Holy See)
  • 2013- 2018 Distinguished lecturer ESAA (Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance, Erasmus University);
  • 2013-  2019 Vice-dean, (pro-decanus) 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- 2018 Endowed 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

 

  • 2018: Visiting Professor Pontificia Università San Anselmo, Roma
  • 2017-2019: member Beoordelingscommissie VICI (NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • 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 Valorization Board, Tilburg University
  • 2014- ? Member Curatorium Goldschmeding Foundation
  • 2014: member Beoordelingscommissie voor het programma Vrije Competitie (NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)

Senior Administrative Roles in University

 

  • 2015- …  Member Council of the Association Internationale d’Etudes Patristiques (AIEP)

  • 2013- …  member scientific council journal Chiesa e Storia (Rivista dell'Associazione Italiana dei Professori di Storia della Chiesa)

  • 2009- ... external Participant, advisor Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO), Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

  • 2018- … : member Raad van Advies, Tilburg University Society

  • 2018 - …: member Sounding Board Scientific Integrity, Tilburg University



    International scholarly editorships

 

  • 2017- …  Editor M &O. Tijdschrift voor Management en Organisatie;

  • 2015- … Editor (co-founder) Brill’s Studies in Catholic Theology (Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln)

  • 2015- ... Member advisory Board: Brill’s Series in Church History and Religious Culture (Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln)

  • 2010- ... Editor Dutch Lectures in Patristics (Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln)

  • 2009- … Editor Brill Series in Church History (Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln)

  • 2009-... Editor-in-Chief Brill’s Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln)

  • 2007- ... Editor Late Antique History and Religion (Peeters, Leuven)

  • 2007-… Mitarbeiter Augustinus-Lexikon; Zentrum für Augustinus- Forschung; Universität Würzburg

  • 2005- ... Editor Augustiniana. Revue pour l’Étude de Saint Augustin et de l’ordre des augustins (Leuven: KUL-Augustijns Historisch Instituut)

  • 2005- 2013 Co-editor After Augustine project (Oxford University Press; St. Andrews University Scotland)

  • 2004 – 2016 Editor series Ad fontes. De bronnen van het vroege christendom

    (Meinema, Zoetermeer).

     

 

Honours/Memberships

 

  • 2019- ... Member de Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW)

  • 2017-… Member Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (Fakulteit Kuns en Geesteswetenskappe)

  • 2010- … Member of the Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde

  • 2010- … Member Institut d’Etudes Augustiniennes 

  • 2008- … Member of the Association Internationale d’Etudes Patristiques (AIEP)

  • 2008- … Member of the North American Patristic Society (NAPS)

  • 1998- 2014 Member NOSTER (The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion)

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

Conducting (VU)

13 Feb 20091 Jul 2021

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 2019

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

De onvolkomenheid van de mens en het streven naar perfectie

van Geest, P., Rupert, J., Hengstmengel, J., Biemond, A. J. & Commandeur, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Amsterdam: Boom.

Research output: Book/ReportBookProfessional

13 Columns titled 'Van Geest'

van Geest, P., 2018, In : Katholiek Nieuwsblad.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Aanzetten tot hervorming

van Geest, P., 24 Aug 2018, In : Katholiek Nieuwsblad. p. 5 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Augustine's certainty in speaking about hell and his reserve in explaining Christ's descent into hell

van Geest, P., 2018, The Apostles' Creed: "He Descended into Hell". van Wieringen, A. & Sarot, M. (eds.). Leiden, p. 33-53 (Studies in Theology and Religion; vol. 24).

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

Activities 1998 2017

ERGO V- 'Vertrouwen en Leiderschap'

P.J.J. van Geest (Contributor), H. Commandeur (Contributor), L Bovenberg (Contributor)
Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific

Lecture on the Prodigal Son in the works of Augustine and Luther

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

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Ethics and Finance

P.J.J. van Geest (Contributor)
27 Jan 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceProfessional

Corporality as thread and challenge. The dichotomy in the theory and mystagogy of St. Augustine

P.J.J. van Geest (Speaker)
30 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Vijf wegen naar geluk in het vroege christendom

P.J.J. van Geest (Speaker)
8 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Press / Media

Vaticaan waarschuwt: handel in relieken loopt uit de hand

P.J.J. van Geest

20/12/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Paus is niet tevreden met Onze Vader

P.J.J. van Geest

15/12/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview about the origens of 'Sinterklaas'

P.J.J. van Geest

5/12/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview about the visit of pope to Myanmar and Bangladesh

P.J.J. van Geest

27/11/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition

Research Projects
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