prof. dr. Gijsbert van den Brink


I am a Professor of Theology who holds the University Research Chair for Theology & Science at the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My academic background is in systematic theology and in the philosophy of religion as practiced in the analytical tradition. I graduated at Utrecht University with a PhD-dissertation on divine omnipotence (Almighty God, Kampen 1993; supervisor: Prof. dr. Vincent Brümmer). After having hold teaching and research positions at the Universities of Groningen, Utrecht and Leiden respectively I moved to the Vrije Universiteit in 2008. I spent the academic year academic year 2010-2011 as John Witherspoon Fellow on Theology & Science at the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), Princeton NJ. As of 2017, I also serve as Head of the Department of Beliefs & Practices at my Faculty.

Areas of expertise

Christian systematic theology; science and religion; history of Reformed theology; analytic philosophy of religion.


My research is mainly focused on the interface of Christian theology and the natural sciences, but I participate in wider debates on the relationship between science and religion. I currently concentrate on two projects: (1) the way in which evolutionary theory coheres with classical theistic beliefs; (2) the nature and future of theology as an academic discipline. The first project issued in my book Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Theory (Grand Rapids 2020), a precursor of which appeared in Dutch in 2017. The output of the second project is mainly in the form of papers and contributions to conferences. It is part of the larger AKC research project on the epistemic responsibilities of the university. In my subproject, I examine whether, and if so under what conditions, theology can unashamedly be practiced as an academic discipline at a public university in a post-secular age.


  • Gijsbert van den Brink, “How Theology Stopped Being Queen of the Sciences – and How Its Story Continues”, Studies in Christian Ethics(October 2019) (accepted)
  • Gijsbert van den Brink, Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Theory, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020 (in press).

Publications (selection)

  • Gijsbert van den Brink, “In Defence of Dialogue: A Response to Yves Gingras”, Metascience(2019),
  • Gijsbert van den Brink, “The Spirit of God and Creation: Towards a Pneumatological Interpretation of Biological Emergence”, in: Van den Brink, Van Staalduine & Wisse (eds.), The Spirit Is Moving. New Pathways in Pneumatology (Brill: Leiden, 2019), 186-199.
  • Gijsbert van den Brink, “The Spirit of God and the Natural World. How Evolutionary Theory Affects Our Religious Consciousness” [in Russian], Theology, Culture, Education 22.1 (2018), 127-136.
  • (with Hans van Eyghen and Rik Peels), “The Cognitive Science of Religion, Philosophy and Theology: A Survey of the Issues”, in: New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion. The Rationality of Religious Belief (Cham: Springer, 2018), 1-14.
  • (with Hans van Eyghen and Rik Peels), “Cognitive Science of Religion and the Cognitive Consequences of Sin”, in: New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion. The Rationality of Religious Belief (Cham: Springer, 2018), 199-214.
  • ‘Questions, Challenges, and Concerns for Original Sin’, in: Stanley P. Rosenberg (ed.), Finding Ourselves after Darwin. Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018), 117-129.
  • ‘Trinitarian Science? Torrance, Polkinghorne and McGrath on a Christian Interpretation of the Natural World’, in: Lincoln Harvey (ed.), Essays on the Trinity (Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018), 162-177.
  • ‘On Certainty in Faith and Science: the Bavinck-Warfield Exchange’, The Bavinck Review 8 (2017 [2018]), 65-88.
  • (with Cornelis van der Kooi), Christian Dogmatics. An Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017), 806 pp.
  • “God and the Suffering of Animals”, in: Koert van Bekkum e.a. (eds.), Playing with Leviathan, (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 179-200.
  • (with Jeroen de Ridder & René van Woudenberg), “The Epistemic Status of Evolutionary Theory”, Theology and Science 15 (2017), 454-472.
  • En de aarde bracht voort. Christelijk geloof en evolutie, Utrecht: Boekencentrum, 2017.
  • “Is It Natural for Humans to Believe in God? Religion, Science and General Revelation,” in: Markus Mühling (ed.), Rationality in Conversation. Philosophical and Theological Perspectives(Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2016), 347-359.
  • “Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species: Icoon van het atheïsme?,” Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift70 (2016), 151-162.
  • “Evolúció és keresztyén hit: izgalmas terület”,Teológiai Fórum10 (2016), 27-45.
  • (with Johan Smits), “The Reformed Stance: Distinctive Commitments and Concerns,” Journal of Reformed Theology9 (2015), 325-347.
  • “The Reformation, Rationality and the Rise of Modern Science”, in: Herman Selderhuis & Volker Leppin (eds.),Reformation und Rationalität (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), 193-205.

A more complete bibliography can be found here.



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