Crucial choices

Dogmatics is not a static whole, systematic reflection on Christian faith. It is itself part of history and participates fully in it. Sometimes, even colleagues in the theological faculty still have the idea, that dogmatics is a field that pretends that God can be fully comprehended, that everything can be explained. Some might even think that the best theologian is the best believer. That is certainly not what we imagine that dogmatics is all about. It is a reflection on practices of faith, on the actual relationship with God, informed by the Bible and the teaching of the Church.

Das Stammbuch (Album Amicorum) des siebenbürgischen Studenten Sámuel B. Köpeczi, angelegt während seiner Studienzeit an der friesischen Universität in Franeker (1770–1772)

Wie die Hinterseite des Einbandes zeigt, hatte Köpeczi sein Stammbuch be-reits im Jahre 1771 angelegt, also während seiner Studienzeit an der friesischen Universität in Franeker, wo er am 18. Oktober 1770 als Student der Theologie ein-geschrieben worden war. Franeker war von Anfang an auch sein Reiseziel gewesen, als er im August 1770 seine Peregrinatio academica – vom siebenbürgi-schen Nagyenyed aus – angefangen hatte.

Jesus’s Interpretation of Tragedies, Disasters and Traumas in Luke 13:1–5

The “Why?” question emerges inevitably whenever a tragedy or trauma happens in our human lives. The case was hardly different in prehistoric times, in the Old Testament, or in Jesus’s era. It is an intriguing question therefore what Jesus’ attitude and approach would have been to such unexpected disasters.

The Ministry of Teachers in the Early Church in the Light of the New Testament

The present study deals with the characteristic features of the ministry of teachers in the early church, contrasting them with the rabbis in the synagogues. As charismatic characters in the early church, teachers have played a role compa-rable to that of the apostles and prophets. In a different order of ideas, we would like to investigate whether the competence of charismatic teachers should be considered universal, or whether they played a rather local administrative role in the way bishops, deacons and presbyters did.

In the Direction of Finding the Way of a Responsible Theology for the Hungarian Reformed Church (of Transylvania)

The paper presents some aspects of the theological science which I considered important for the permanent renewal of doing theology in the Hungarian Reformed Church of Transylvania. I hope I made it clear through this paper that doing theology means also the shaping of a new life (both of the one doing theology and their readers), which is conceived and developing in the safety of the living-space of the New Covenant through Jesus, i.e., the Kingdom of God, which came near us.

“Vera iustitia et sanctitate praeditum…”

The content of imago Dei according to the 6th article of the Heidelberg Catechism

Theis paper analyses the concept of “imago Dei” based on the 6th answer of the Heidelberg Catechism. I chose this topic as it is one of the most controversial questions of systematic theology. If one browses through the dogmatic and ethical works written from the earliest period of Christianity to the most recent times, they will find a large variety of answers. All of these attempt to explain what the writer of Genesis meant by the expression na‘aśęh ’ ādām beṣalmenu kidemutenu.

The Doctrine on Baptism in the Haereticarum Fabularum Compendium of Theodoret of Cyrus

This paper presents the doctrine on baptism in the Haereticarum fabularum compendium of Theodoret of Cyrus. From this presentation we learn that Theodoret presents in this work a multi-contextual image of the “all-holy” baptism. The divine origin of the sacrament determined Theodoret to offer it a special place within his theological system.

The Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ in Early Christian Confessions

This paper is an expanded and somewhat more elaborated version of an earlier study in which I tried to give a general overview on the word-usage concerning the passion of Jesus Christ in the early Christian creeds. The purpose of this short paper is in part to give a comparative presentation of the sufferings of Lord Jesus Christ in the Western Creeds, and in part I also try to define the role of mentioning the name of Pontius Pilatus in them.