Research Institutes

In order to promote scientific research and to investigate accentuated fields of research the university maintains various research Centres which work in co-operation with one or more departments, involving the lecturers in their work. This includes organization of conferences and publishing of scientific papers.

The director of the research Centres is nominated by the Senate on the basis of the recommendation of the head of the relevant department. The Centres are established once the Senate approves their work plan. The order of the operation of the Centres is put down in the Organizational and Operational Rules (SzMSz) of the RTUD.

The research Centres establish deposit libraries of the Theological Library of the RTUD which are located at the Centres. The book stock of the libraries at the research Centres is developed from grants, donations and from the budget of Theological Library under the guidance of the heads of the Centres. The inner regulations of the use of the deposit libraries are set up by the heads of departments; the Theological Library lends the books for reading and, within their copy right act, for photocopying on its premises.

Our university has established the following research centres:

 

a) ISTVÁN HATVANI THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE

It examines what influence the knowledge of Christian faith and the way of thinking rooted in it exert on the development of natural sciences, and vice versa, i.e., how the natural sciences have enriched the development of theological thinking.     

b) CHATECHETICAL CENTRE

This is an institute specialized in the teaching and research of modern trends in religion pedagogy. The theory and practice of pastoral psychology are a new direction of research. Besides teaching and performing research it has also established a library, collects and lends catechetical tools/aids and organizes professional programmes.

c) EASTERN-CENTRAL-EUROPEAN KARL BARTH RESEARCH CENTRE

Its task is to examine the theology of Karl Barth with special reference to its history of influence on Hungarian theological thinking. Besides organizing of professional programmes the centre translates and publishes the works by Barth that have not yet been published in the Hungarian. Furthermore, it endeavours to maintain the vibrant presence of Barthian theology within the Hungarian Reformed theology.

d) CENTRE FOR THE RESEARCH OF THE HISTORY OF REFORMATION AND PROTESTANTISM IN CENTRAL-EUROPE

It aims to uncover the history, the influence and the importance of the Reformation in Eastern and Central Europe pointing out the important point of view and fact that Hungary is an organic part of the European culture as far as its spiritual heritage and scientific activity are concerned.

e) LITURGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE

It aims to promote the renewal of Reformed liturgy, to research the different forms of church service and the influence of the professors and students of the Reformed College of Debrecen on church services. In addition the Centre hands down the practical theological heritage, the spiritual heritage of the former professors such as Sándor Csikesz and Sándor Czeglédy to the new generation of theologians.

f) MISSIO ET OIKODOME – RESEARCH CENTRE FOR MISSION AND ECUMENISM

It aims to promote the scientific work of Hungarian and foreign researchers in the following fields of theology: missiology, congregation building and ecumenism. The Centre supports the research of missiology-theological, congregation building and ecumenical themes with special respect to the service of the Hungarian Reformed Church and to the ecclesiastical integration of Roma communities in the Carpathian Basin.

h) OLD TESTAMENT RESEARCH CENTRE

Its research focuses upon the phenomenon of Old Testament prophetism, the coming into existence and theology of prophetic literature, further on, upon its message that is valid for the church even today.

g) PATMOS NEW TESTAMENT RESEARCH CENTRE

Its aim is to research the reception history and effect of New Testament studies in Hungary and in Central- and Eastern-Europe. From this point of view it considers the examination of the influence of Hellenistic religion history and culture on the formation of the New Testamental/early church and on apostolic theology, the research, translation and publishing of New Testamental and apocryphal documents, of antique literature and epigraphics of primary importance. Simultaneously with this the Centre places importance upon the research, translation and publication in Hungarian of John Calvin's New Testament commentaries.

i) SEPPHORIS CENTRE FOR BIBLICAL ARCHEOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF POSTBIBLICAL JEWISH LITERATURE

Its primary aim is to research and publish postbiblical Jewish literature, especially the Mishna and Aggadic midrashim. Furthermore, it endeavours to present and use the results of Biblical archaeology in lecturing.

j) RESEARCH CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ETHICS

Its role is to promote taking position of the church concerning relevant questions of public life, explication of biblical, ethical standpoints for the members of the church, on the one hand and for the non-ecclesiastical public opinion, on the other hand.