Evangelical Theology is a broad term today. How do we understand it as a theological seminary?
It is personal
On the basis of Jesus’ twofold commandment of love (for God and for people, Mt 22:37-40), evangelical theology focuses on a personal relationship with God and on interpersonal relationships. It sees the basis of these relationships in the need for personal conversion to Christ and acceptance of him as Lord and Savior. It focuses on spiritual growth and personal development, touches people, and envisions character transformation.
It is respectful
First of all towards God, but also towards people. It is grateful for God’s grace, for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is reverent toward the Bible, taking it seriously as God’s Word, not placing itself above it. It looks to it for norms, life, and pleasure. It is coming to terms with liberalism.
It is alive
It is a theology for life and of life. It doesn’t just stay in scholars’ offices, it deals with real issues and problems. It grows out of and serves the practice of living and growing congregations. It is creative and not afraid of emotion.
It is missional
It remembers Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). It thinks about how to bring the gospel in a culturally relevant way in evangelism and mission.
It is academic
It is not afraid of reason. It combines faith with professional academic quality. It practices interdisciplinary dialogue, especially between theology and psychology. It comes to terms with fundamentalism.
It is practical
It focuses on helping people in concrete ways, on service, on developing practical skills. It practically prepares for target professions.
It is Czech
It is part of a large and growing community of world evangelicalism from which it draws inspiration. In addition to shared values, it also remembers specifically domestic emphases, building on the Czech Reformation. It engages in a humble dialogue with other theological traditions. It has a sense of humour.
International connections of the seminary
Our work is guided by the Confession of Faith of the European Evangelical Alliance: Evropské evangelikální aliance.