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Today, during a break, professor Wim François (KU Leuven) drew my attention to this conference about the “16th century reformations”. I am glad that the series of conferences on this topic continues and I am really tempted to submit a proposal. If it is accepted, I hope to be able to return to Leuven in May. Full information about submitting a proposal can be found HERE.



The Fifth RefoRC Conference 2015 will be held May 7-9, 2015 and will hosted by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Version of this webpage: June 18, 2014.

Short Papers and General Attendance

The conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. It is also possible to attend the conference without presenting a paper. While we encourage papers on the conference theme, papers can focus on all disciplines related to the 16th century reformations, such as arts, philosophy, law, history, theology etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.

Short Paper Submission and Registration

Short paper proposals and registrations can be submitted via the registration form. Short paper proposals are welcome before February 15, 2015.

Theme of Plenary Papers

The theme of the plenary papers is: Crossing Borders: Transregional Reformations.

In recent decades, the field of transnational/transregional history has yielded novel insights: the constant movement of persons, goods, ideas, books and images across boundaries induced a transfer of culture and knowledge shaping the early modern world much more profoundly than previously thought. Although alert to the universal aspect of religion, theologians and (church) historians are only starting to apply this methodology to the study of religious reform in the sixteenth century.

The conference aims to emphasize the shift in the field of Reformation Studies to a cross-border and multi-confessional approach: How were religious exile, confessional identity and transregional transfers connected? What were the routes and networks of religious reform, along and across borders? How did the printing press support transregional exchange? In what ways did global, transregional and local dimensions of religious reform interact?

The Fifth RefoRC Conference Leuven explores transregional dimensions of the Catholic and Protestant Reformations in the early modern period.


General communication of the conference is in English, but also papers in French and German will be welcomed. Presenters who prefer to give their paper in French or German, are invited to provide the audience with an English summary of about 150-200 words.

A piece of news which I repost from HERE.


New Conference: “Theology of the Holy Spirit: Personal Experience and Charismatic Movements in Contemporary Churches” (12–15 Nov. 2014, Sibiu, Romania)

St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute (Moscow, Russia)

Institute of Ecumenical Research (Sibiu, Romania)

DELM – Development of Ecumenical Leadership in Mission Network

with the support of ICCO – Kerk in Actie (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Invitation and Call for Papers

International Conference



12–15 November 2014

Sibiu, Romania


The idea of the real indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the human person, stressed already in the New Testament, plays an important role in contemporary Christianity; it is especially explicit in Pentecostal churches but also in charismatic movements in many traditional churches. The emphasis is placed on the felt experience of the presence of the Spirit, with particular attention to certain charismas, connected to the event of Pentecost.

In contemporary culture much attention is given to individual perception and experience. This results within Christian churches in the question of many believers: “How can I experience the Christian message in my own life?” Pentecostal churches and charismatic movements are closely connected to this attitude, which seems to form the basis of their success. On the other hand, traditional churches treat this kind of experience with suspicion because they regard it as purely emotional and not in line with traditional church teaching. This does not mean however that the idea of personal experience of the Holy Spirit is absent from the teaching of traditional churches. Thus, the idea of the gaining of the Holy Spirit by each and every Christian during his/her life is central to the teaching of the Orthodox Church, although this is understood in a different way than in Pentecostal churches.

In the course of the Conference, it is intended to address the following questions:

How much room do traditional churches (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) give to personal (religious) experience and experiences of the Spirit?

How do they relate to charismatic movements within their own churches and to Pentecostal churches? How do they perceive each other?

What does this mean for the theological vision of the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to reconcile traditional church teaching about the Holy Spirit and theosis with the experience of the Spirit in Pentecostalism and charismatic movements?


Those who wish to present a paper should send a summary (500 words at most) by e-mail to St. Andrew’s by 1 September 2014. The Organizing Committee selects papers for the Conference and sends invitations to the speakers. The full text of all selected papers will have to be submitted by 1 November 2014. The working language of the conference will be English. Upon arrival at the conference every participant will receive summaries of all the papers and the conference programme. Papers are scheduled for 30 minutes each.

Summaries and papers should be sent to:

Mikhail Tolstoluzhenko

St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute

Jerusalem St. 3, Moscow, 109316, Russia

Tel/Fax: +7 495 6702200; +7 495 6707644

Email: standrews@yandex.ru, info@standrews.ru


The conference will assemble on 12 November 2014 for a reception and opening ceremony in the evening. Participants will depart after breakfast on 15 November. Accommodation and meals will be provided by the organizers.


Numbers are limited and early registration is strongly advised. Registration forms can be found on St. Andrew’s website http://www.standrews.ru and must be sent to the above address.

Download registration form

Download conference booklet

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The program of the Antwerp conference is now in its final form. See HERE.

I am scheduled to give a presentation on Saturday, 20 September.

Alas, I won’t be able to visit Bruges this time, because I will return to London the next day.


The 22nd annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Antwerp (Belgium), Wednesday 17 September through Sunday 21 September 2014.

The program takes place primarily at the University of Antwerp, in the old centre of the city, but includes events at different venues of book historical interest as well as preconference workshops/tours and excursions. The central theme is ‘Religions of the Book’, but in conformity with tradition the conference also welcomes other book historical papers, sessions and round tables. Sponsors include the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the Hendrik Conscience Library, the Antwerp University Library, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the FWO, the Flemish House of Literature, the Antwerp Bibliophile Society, Cultura, KBC Banking & Insurance, Boek.be, Brill, René and Susanne Braginsky-Foundation (Zurich), the Flemish Book Historical Society and the University of Antwerp.

Cartea la care lucrez acum, în perioada șederii la Cambridge, și din care am început să public pe blog fragmente, are un titlu:

Cornilescu. Din culisele publicării celei mai citite

traduceri românești a Sfintei Scripturi

Fiindcă textul va depăși 140.000 de cuvinte, mă aștept ca numărul de pagini să fie undeva între 400 și 450. Dacă așezarea în pagină va fi generoasă, s-ar putea să ajungem chiar la 500.

Studiul introductiv, care se bazează pe un articol nepublicat, scris pentru volumul Omul evanghelic (rămas „la roșu” de câțiva ani) are circa 20.000 de cuvinte.

Cartea va fi prefațată de o importantă personalitate a biblisticii românești. Nu spui cine; veți afla la vremea potrivită.

Am inserat note de subsol cu zgârcenie, de aceea numărul lor nu va trece de 300. Dacă aș fi fost mai zelos, numărul lor s-ar fi dublat. Însă n-am vrut să-l sufoc pe cititor în savantlâcuri. Și apoi, mi-am lăsat însă de lucru și pentru o viitoare ediție revăzută și adăugită.

Am pregătit și numeroase fotografii, pentru că nu sărbătorim în fiecare zi a nouăzecea aniversare a Bibliei Cornilescu.

Lucrarea va avea următoarea structură:

1. Prefață

2. Mulțumiri

3. Lămuriri preliminare

4. Informații biografice

5. Tabel cronologic

6. Studiu introductiv

7. Scrisori și documente din arhiva SBB

8. Postfață

9. Bibliografie

10. Indice

O tragedie de proporții uriașe este acum în desfășurare în Iraq: un creștinism vechi de peste un mileniu și jumătate este dezrădăcinat în mod violent de către o grupare islamistă fundamentalistă, sub ochii (închiși?) ai Occidentului, care poartă o bună parte a răspunderii pentru acest dezastru fără precedent.

Situația curentă este consecința politicii externe falimentare a SUA în zonă. Invadarea Irakului, pe care am considerat-o legitimă în vremea studenției mele, se dovedește extrem de nefastă pentru soarta creștinismului istoric din această regiune.

Citeam ieri, în lungul zbor spre San Francisco, unde am avut o scurtă escală, din două cărți extrem de interesante: The Throne of Adulis, despre războiul dintre Etiopia creștină și Regatul himyarit evreu (de pe teritoriul actualului Yemen) şi Jerusalem, de Simon Sebag Montefiore. Ambele lucrări scot de sub praf capitole tulburătoare din istoria Orientului Mijlociu. De pildă, vă puteţi imagina că în secolul V populaţiile arabe din sudul peninsulei Arabe s-au convertit la iudaism și că regii himyariți au declanșat persecuții brutale împotriva creștinilor din zonă? La vremea respectivă, regele (negus) Etiopiei (proaspăt convertite la creștinism) a decis să invadeze Ḥimyarul pentru a pune capăt represaliilor anticreștine.

Jerusalem, cartea lui Montefiore, este una dintre cele mai bune lucrări de popularizare a istoriei Ierusalimului. Am trecut deja de Declarația Balfour și au început să apară reacțiile în lumea arabă, rezistența de o parte și de alta a liniei care desparte etnic și religios cele două tabere care se înfruntă în zonă. Citind cartea lui Montefiore am rămas cu impresia clară că britanicii nu au știut în ce s-au băgat atunci când au cerut Mandat de administrare a Palestinei.

Nici americanii nu par să fi știut în ce se bagă atunci când l-au înlăturat pe Sadam Hussein de la putere. Consecințele se văd în mod lămurit acum. Și sunt teribile.

O analiză pertinentă (în limba engleză) AICI. Mai jos câteva fragmente:


For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul: an ancient culture has been wiped out in a matter of weeks. It’s a war crime that, strangely, no one seems to want to talk about.

Mosul is the second-largest city in Iraq and the place where many Christians believe Jonah was buried. Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) rode into town, their faith has been forced underground. Bells have been silenced, the hijab enforced with bullets. Tens of thousands fled after being offered an unattractive choice: convert, pay a religious tax, or be put to the sword. The levy was unaffordable. According to one local news agency, Isis troops entered the house of a poor Christian and, when they didn’t get what they wanted, the soldiers raped the mother and daughter in front of their husband and father. He committed suicide out of grief.

Having driven away the worshippers, the Isis fanatics are now trying to extinguish the physical legacy they left behind. A centuries-old church has been burned to the ground; Jonah’s tomb has been desecrated. Isis wants to create the Islamic equivalent of Year Zero, a brave new world with no evidence of Christianity, women’s rights, democracy or even that most subversive of instincts, human pity.

Institutul Teologic Penticostal din Bucureşti organizează concurs de admitere pentru programul de studii de licenţă – specializarea: „Teologie penticostală pastorală”, în 16‒17 septembrie 2014, atât pentru forma de învăţământ la zi, cât şi pentru cea cu frecvenţă redusă.

Institutul Teologic Penticostal din Bucureşti aparţine Cultului Creştin Penticostal din România şi este o instituţie confesională de învăţământ superior acreditată.

Toate informaţiile privitoare la concursul de admitere pot fi obţinute de la Secretariatul ITPB, B-dul Uverturii 210-220, sector 6, Bucureşti, prin tel: 021.434.16.23, e-mail: secretariat@itpbucuresti.ro, sau accesând site-ul ITPB: http://www.itpbucuresti.ro/admitere

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