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Masterclass in European Studies 2017


This four-day residential course taught by Prof Dr Evert Van de Poll and Jeff Fountain offers insights on how the Gospel has shaped Europe and midwifed the EU, and on challenges facing us today in Europe: secularism, populism, Islam and new spirituality.
Next to lectures, videos and discussions, there will be a historical walk through the 'city of paradox', Amsterdam.

The course is sponsored by the Schuman Centre for European Studies, and can offer degree credit with extra assignments.

The course will be held in the De Poort YWAM training facility, Kadijksplein 18, 1018 AC .

It begins Tuesday Aug 1, 6pm with a meal and introductions, and ends Saturday Aug 5 with dinner.


Dr Evert Van de Poll, Dept of Religious Studies and Missiology, ETF, Leuven, follows content from his book Europe and the Gospel (De Gruyter/Versita,2013). Part of his lectures cover subjects related to the influence of Christianity and the Bible on the history and cultures of Europe: The idea of 'Europe', European and national identities, Multicultural society and the issue of(Muslims') integration, Christian and other roots of European cultures, The'construction of Europe' and the concerns it raises today. How Christian/post-Christian/secular/post-secular is Europe really, and what are typical 'European' barriers and bridges for the communication of the Gospel?


Jeff Fountain, Schuman Centre, Heerde, offers seven steps towards understanding Europe today, with an overview of the story of 'faithful minorities' who shaped Europe by their faith, and particular reference to the role of Robert Schuman in the founding of the European Union. Participants receive study outlines of each lecture.Jeff will lead a historical walk through the city centre of Amsterdam demonstrating the process of secularisation over the past five centuries.

COURSE FEE:  €400, including study resources, meals and accommodation. (€300 without accommodation)


Contact:; tel: 0578 696975, Schuman Centre office


Course participants will receive Dr Van de Poll's book, Europe and the Gospel:

Jeff Fountain's books, Living as people of hope, Deeply Rooted, and the House of Squatters:

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Other recommended titles:

Christopher Dawson's Understanding Europe

• Philip Jenkin's God's Continent

George Wiegel's The Cube and the Cathedral

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