Do colours have religious meaning?
Indeed they do. Read my contribution to the South African Journal for Art History on the topic of
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Logos Lecture Free University Amsterdam
On the importance of the ‘prehistoric Jesus’ in the theology of the Early Church, with links to Nicea, Calvin and Trent
In April 2018 I enjoyed the hospitality of the Theological Faculty of the Free University Amsterdam (VU), where I contributed to the mastersprogram of the Hersteld Hervormd Seminarium on the role of Jesus as pre-existant creator.
Details from the PthU website may be retrieved here. The Reformed Daily was also present and you may read a summary of my contribution in this national newspaper by following this link: Prof.Zuiddam voor Hersteld Hervormde studenten
Logos Lecture Christian University Ede
Repentance and Forgiveness in the Early Church
On 19 April 2018 I had the pleasure of lecturing at Christian University Ede on Repentance and Forgiveness in the history of the Church; showing how the central themes of the Heidelberg Catechism: conviction of sin, forgiveness and a commitment to a new way of life, remain essential to Christianity of every age.
A special thanks for Professor Mart-Jan Paul and the School of Theology (Gereformeerde Bond) for inviting me.
St. Paul’s Postscript
The epistle to the Romans is perhaps the most influential letter ever written in the history of mankind. The mystery of faith and God’s eternal plans for mankind are central to this book of Scripture. Looking back, what is it all about, and what may this mean to you?
Join me in considering Paul’s postscript to the Romans:
Has Pope Francis abandoned Biblical Creation?
First Sunday in Advent
Homily on Matthew 24:36-44
St Matthias Windermere
Christ the King
Homily during Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity Launceston,
Augustinus van Hippo en de Schepping
Zijn gedachten over Genesis als echte geschiedenis
Twijfelt u ook?
Geloofsaanvechting is iets van alle tijden.
Lees in Marturia hoe heidense wetenschappers het christelijk geloof bestreden en christenen aan het twijfelen probeerden te brengen.
Southern African perspectives on the role of womanhood in 1Timothy 2:11-15
Can or should 1Timothy 2:11-15 be redeemed for socio-political agendas that aim at a greater leadership involvement of women in church or society? An overview of Southern African scholarship on this topic, a philological examination of 1Timothy 2:11-15 and suggestion of solutions.
Journal for Christian Scholarship - 2016 (2nd Quarter), pp. 279-296: download here
Based on a talk earlier this year for colleagues at the John Paul II Institute, Melbourne VIC, Australia.
A timely wake-up call: The end of Theology as science
The end of Theology as we used to know it. Read my latest contribution on the state of international theological scholarship (In Luce Verbi).
Traditional roles of the sexes in Western Civilisation
Perspectives on the Role of Womanhood in 1 Timothy 2,11-15
Speech at Jane Franklin Hall, University of Tasmania, followed by Q&A
Introduction by Mr Usman Rana
The Shadows of 1516
Starring Hiëronymus Bosch, Luther, Erasmus and Thomas More
Address and Q&A session for Christopher Dawson Centre for Christian thought and civilisation
Post Tenebras Lux:
Faith in the Life and Times of John Calvin
Relevant faith in days of opposition
Address for General Assembly Presbyterian Church in Tasmania
Parallelisms and revelatory concepts of the Johannine Prologue
HTS Theological Studies, June 2016
A few days ago I was having some work done at my local garage. A blonde came in and asked for “a seven-hundred-ten”.
We all looked at each other and another customer asked, 'What is a seven-hundred-ten?'
She replied, 'You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine, I have lost it and need a new one..'
She replied that she did not know exactly what it was, but this piece had always been there.
The mechanic gave her a piece of paper and a pen and asked her to draw what the piece looked like.
She drew a circle and in the middle of it wrote 710.
He then took her over to another car which had its hood up and asked 'is there a 710 on this car?'
She pointed and said, 'Of course, its right here.'
In 2015 I had the pleasure of giving a guest lecture in Dutch at the HHK seminary in Amsterdam at the Free University. The text of my talk "Holy Scripture, from God or Men? Answers from Greek philosophers and early fathers" may be downloaded here.
Guest lecture at Free University Amsterdam
In 2015 had ik het voorrecht om een lezing te houden aan de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam over "Heilige Schrift, uit God of uit de mensen? Antwoorden van Griekse filosofen en vroege kerkvaders" Download hier.
If you want to explore the possibilities of doing a PhD in Theology or Classical studies (or an MA with a view to pursuing a doctorate), please contact met through the email at the contact page.
Journal of Creation
In Luce Verbi
Why do the gods no longer speak? Ploutarchos
Journal of Creation
South African Journal of Art History
Journal of Creation
This podcast helps to understand the Bible. It is designed for people who are not satisfied with cheap answers. Get answers to real questions and see how many things make sense after all. You will discover principles and truths that will open up the Bible and the history of Christianity in a meaningful way.
In two episodes my podcast Bible Time explains how the Australian government has joined the Dark Side by disenfranchising “Jedi knights”.
Using the church festival of Christ the King we will explore the character of the reign of Jesus in a world were very many things do go wrong, not in the least place in churches. Have you ever wondered about the biblical expression sons of Belial? Do you realize its connection with the coming of anti-christ? Listen and enjoy these talks!
Episode 1 is the general version where I explore some of the Hebrew words and concepts in early church history. Episode 2 contains the basics, but will also show how all of this connects to Christian Baptism and the Gospel.
St Antony was one of the great saints of the early church, when saints were still saints because of their life and example and not for church political reasons. The word of Jesus (Mark 10) caused him to give up everything and become a desert father. The Old Testament saint Job also lost everything because of God's word and counsel allowing Satan to do his worst. His friend Eliphaz came and told him that he should confess his sin, pray harder, read the Bible and give money to good causes and then God would restore him and make Job successful again. In this episode of Bible Time we consider Job's response (Job 23). No cheap answers!
Was she a prostitute or even married to the Lord Jesus? A holy woman or a repentant sinner? Mary Magdalene has been the subject of speculative books and movies. Who was she really? Is there a holy blood line? Why is she portrayed with a red egg on Byzantine icons? What is even more important, what is the Lord's message for you as the Holy Spirit recorded facts about her life in the Bible. Join me and find out by listening to this podcast, a recording from the festival of St Mary Magdalene on the 22nd of July at Holy Trinity Launceston.
Onder zeer grote belangstelling sprak professor Zuiddam op het voormalig eiland Urk over het belang van de Bijbelse scheppingsleer. Hij liet zien hoe er wezenlijke zaken op het spel staan, waarmee de leer van de Kerk van alle tijden staat of valt. Moet je de historische betrouwbaarheid van Genesis 1-11 omarmen om een orthodox christen te zijn of te blijven?
Hoe zag de kerk van vroeger het Bijbelboek Genesis? Wat dacht men over de eerste hoofdstukken die spreken over de schepping, zondeval en zondvloed? Prof. dr. B.A. Zuiddam laat zien dat de interpretatie van de Bijbel door kerkvaders ingrijpend verschilt van die van veel christenen vandaag.
Vanuit de theologische wetenschap laat professor Zuiddam om begrijpelijke wijze zien waar het klassieke scheppingsgeloof op gespannen voet staat met de aanname van Darwinistische evolutie. Waar gaat het mis en wat zijn de gevolgen voor het lezen van de Bijbel? Geluidsopname van een toespraak in de Gereformeerde Gemeente van Apeldoorn tijdens de Logos tour.
The early Church used to address the six days of creation in homilies during the season of Lent. In this tradition, I was invited by the Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies (Patronage of Archdiocese of Hobart) to speak on Genesis, fact or fiction? On the findings of the Pontifical Bible Commission (1909). Find out what the theological implications are for different ways of looking at Genesis 1-3. Be surprised to see how one’s view of Genesis many controversies that society and Church are facing today are connected to this.
John Calvin was one of the most influential thinkers of the Age of the Reformation. Find out how faith was a leading principle in his life.
On 31 October 2017 Martin Luther published his 95 theses against abuses in the Catholic Church. This is generally considered as the start of the Protestant Reformation. This split in the Western Church wasn't a bolt from the blue. Four events from the year 1516 will help you understand the events in 1517 and the 500 years that followed, including our own times.
"A text of terror." This is the way some theologians refer the apostle Paul's teachings on the role of women in Christianity. What does the Bible actually say?
Is Jesus Christ a name and surname? What is the meaning and background of these words? Also: Many Christian make the sign of the cross. What does it mean? and where does the custom come from?
Did Pharaoh ever have a chance if God hardened his heart? Why did God kill thousands of innocent Egyptians in the final installment of the Ten Plagues? Find out and listen.
Some Christians use wonderful religious words, but their lives don't seem to match up. Graceless actions invalidate the Bible's message. Thoughts from Isaiah 58 and Romans 2 and 3.
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