DIES NATALIS

6 December 2019

On the occasion of the coming Dies Natalis, the Theological University of Kampen will be awarding two honorary doctorates. Honorary doctorates are granted for special contributions to science, church, theology or world philosophy. An honorary doctorate will be awarded to Drs Henk de Jong, emeritus minister of the Dutch Reformed Churches. De Jong studied in Kampen and published some 20 books in which he made important discerning contributions to the development of Biblical Theology, such as displayed in Van Oud naar Nieuw. De ontwikkelingsgang van Oude naar Nieuwe Testament (2002) [From Old to New. The evolution from Old to New Testament]. De Jong's influence and merits for biblical science are widely recognised, as are his original contributions to the public debate. The Henk de Jong Chair is established in Kampen since 2018, because it came along with the Ministerial Training of the Dutch Reformed Churches, which then moved to Kampen. With this honorary doctorate the TU honours the name-giver of this chair and in this, its own alumnus.
The other honorary doctorate will be awarded to Prof. Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Richard Mouw has been linked for many years to Calvin College in Michigan and was appointed professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics at Fuller in 1985. Mouw is an influential academic, philosopher, teacher and author of many books. Stemming from a Dutch emigrant environment himself, he made a great contribution to the dissemination of the neo-calvinist philosophy tradition in North-America and Europe. In this lies a strong connection with the Theological University in Kampen, where he delivered the Herman Bavinck lecture in 2017. Richard Mouw is honoured because of his significance for the worldwide dissemination of the neo-calvinist theological and philosophical tradition. The honorary degrees are to be awarded on the 6th December in Kampen. On that day there will be a symposium in the morning, dedicated to the work of Dr Richard Mouw. Drs Henk de Jong will deliver the Dies speech in the afternoon.