Hamilton Campus

Research Seminar

Bringing the Best in Evangelical Scholarship to You

The Research Seminar is a new initiative at Gordon-Conwell—Hamilton that enhances students’ academic experience by making it possible for them to learn from leading evangelical scholars. Dr. Adonis Vidu, Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell, is the convener for this fall’s seminars on theology.

For each interactive seminar, a prominent theology scholar will join us virtually to present and discuss the research they have been pursuing, and Hamilton students, faculty, and alumni pursuing doctoral degrees will gather in-person at the Hamilton campus (AC 235) for a live discussion.

These scholars have a deep commitment to the faithful teaching and application of Scripture. Join us as we consider research that helps us to better apply Scripture as the Word of God to the contemporary church.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 12 p.m. | AC 235

We are Changed: The Surprisals of John Owen’s “Charismatic” Theology

Dr. Lucy Peppiatt is the Principal at WTC (formerly Westminster Theological Centre) and Professor of Systematic Theology. She has authored five books, including Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women, which won the IVP’s Readers’ Choice Award in 2019. Her most recent book, The Imago Dei: Humanity Made in the Image of God, traces “developments of the doctrine through the ages, summarizing each position and perspective up to the modern day. This volume offers a compact but rich overview of the various ways in which this doctrine has been and is understood as well as pointing readers to further questions for consideration,” according to the publisher. She completed her MA in Systematic Theology at King’s College, London, and her PhD through the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Lucy’s research interests are Christ and the Spirit, Charismatic theology, theological anthropology, discipleship, 1 Corinthians, and women in the Bible.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 12 p.m. | AC 235

Re-enchantment: Envisioning Theology and Theological Education for the Missional Church

Dr. Esther Acolatse is a Professor of Pastoral Theology and World Christianity at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Her ongoing research explores methodological issues in the practice of theology of the Christian life, and the relevance of these themes in the global expression of Christianity, particularly African and Western dimensions in dialogue. Acolatse’s current research focuses on issues around care and counseling with migrant families and implications for intra/interfaith dialogue and spiritual care for re-missioning the global church. Dr. Acolatse is the author of Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West (Eerdmans, 2018) and For Freedom or Bondage: A Critique of African Pastoral Practices (Eerdmans, 2014), along with over two dozen articles and book chapters. She also has two forthcoming publications: Re-Missioning in an Age of Migrant Angst and Holistic Theology for Modern Black/African Churches.

Dr. Acolatse currently serves on the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa College of Mentors and the Association of Theological Schools Board of Commissioners and is a member of numerous academic societies, including the International Academy of Practical Theology and the Yale-Edinburgh Group for the Study of Christianity in a Non-Western World, and she is an associate fellow at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University.

Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 12 p.m. | AC 235

A Doctrine Grown Strange: The Theology of Sin

Dr. Simeon Zahl is a Professor of Christian Theology and MPhil Director at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a historical and constructive theologian whose work spans the period from 1500 to the present. His most recent book, The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience (Oxford University Press, 2020), develops a new methodological paradigm for Christian theology on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, proposing a new account of the work of the Spirit in salvation through the lens of affect and embodiment.

Dr. Zahl’s recent research has focused on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the place of experience and emotion in Christian religious life, and the theological legacy of the Protestant Reformation. Further research interests include Augustine, nineteenth-century theology, and the contributions to theology of affect theory and cognitive science. He is currently working on a new book on the theology of sin and its contemporary relevance. Dr. Zahl is Principal Investigator on the project Affect and Knowledge-Production in Theology and Religious Studies, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The project is a collaboration with Prof. Donovan Schaefer at the University of Pennsylvania.

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