Protestant Theological Faculty
A Ukrainian Postdoctoral Researcher at the Prague Theology Faculty

A Ukrainian Postdoctoral Researcher at the Prague Theology Faculty

My name is Viacheslav Lytvynenko, and this is my fifth year at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF). I began as a PhD student back in 2010, doing research into fourth-century Christian thought under Prof. Dr. Lenka Karfiková. Before that, I was teaching at Donetsk Christian... více

Czech and American theology students hold joint seminar Visit to Prague by group from Columbia Theological Seminary

Czech and American theology students hold joint seminar Visit to Prague by group from Columbia Theological Seminary

On 29 April 2015 an interesting and unusual seminar took place in the Prague Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF). Around 25 students from 5 different countries – Czech and international students from PTF and a group of students from Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Atlanta, Georgia,... více

Charles University buys the building of the Protestant Theological Faculty from the church

Charles University buys the building of the Protestant Theological Faculty from the church

The end of 2014 saw the completion of the transfer of the building of the Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF) into the ownership of Charles University. Until then the majority owner of the building in Černá Street was the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), so that the Faculty was... více

The Changing Profile of International Students at the Prague Theology Faculty

The Changing Profile of International Students at the Prague Theology Faculty

The Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) has always been ecumenically open, and one aspect of this is the willingness to welcome international exchange students from partner universities in other countries, who come to Prague to study for a year or a semester before returning home to... více

An American student in Prague

An American student in Prague

Reflections by an American theology student on a semester as an international student in Prague

In January 2014, I visited Central Europe with my professor and fellow students from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, USA. Our trip was spent exploring ministry in a different context than... více

Conference for Protestant theological faculties from Central and Eastern Europe in Prague

Conference for Protestant theological faculties from Central and Eastern Europe in Prague

To mark the 600th anniversary of the martyr’s death of Master Jan Hus, the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (PTF) will host an international conference on 2-5 July 2015 with the theme “Reformation: Its Meaning for Reformed Faculties and Churches since 1989”. The... více

Cotutelle: a personal account by the first cotutelle student at the Prague theology faculty

Cotutelle: a personal account by the first cotutelle student at the Prague theology faculty

The Cotutelle System, originating in France, involves a doctoral student having joint supervisors at two different universities. It is becoming increasingly popular and this possibility has been open to students at Charles University for several years. The first Cotutulle student from the... více

Second Archaeological Expedition to Tel Azekah in Israel

Second Archaeological Expedition to Tel Azekah in Israel

During July and August 2014 a group of three students and two teachers from the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) took part in archaeological excavations in the Tel Azekah locality in Israel. This was the second time a group from PTF had participated in this way in the long-term... více

New Department of Pastoral and Social Work at the Faculty of Protestant Theology

New Department of Pastoral and Social Work at the Faculty of Protestant Theology

Since 2013 the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) has a new Department – the Department of Pastoral and Social Work. PTF has in fact already been training social workers for 15 years through its Bachelor level study programme in Pastoral and Social Work. This was in response to a... více

Would you be willing to accept a student from the theology faculty in Prague on a practice placement?

Would you be willing to accept a student from the theology faculty in Prague on a practice placement?

A new possibility has opened up for theology or social work students from the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) to spend a period of from 2 to 12 months at a practice placement (traineeship, internship) in another European country. The students receive a grant through the EU... více

Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice in Prague

Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice in Prague

Members and guests gathered for the 11 th Symposium of the Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice here in Prague 18-20 June 2014. The group gathered in a small conference room in the Academic Conference Center. The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice is a series of biennial... více

A “Biblical Spring” in Prague

A “Biblical Spring” in Prague

Biblical studies have always been one of the strong points of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF), and this is reflected in the many international contacts it has in the biblical field. The spring of 2014 was particularly rich in intensive contacts, with no less than three... více

Joint Prague-Erlangen Seminar on Adorno

Joint Prague-Erlangen Seminar on Adorno

On 9 May 2014 a group of students from the Theological Faculty in Prague set off to spend the weekend in Erlangen, in order to read passages from Adorno’s “Aesthetic Theory” together with a similar group of Erlangen theology students.

These bilateral meetings already have quite a long... více

The teachers’ attitude to us students was one of friendliness and willingness to help…

The teachers’ attitude to us students was one of friendliness and willingness to help…

Links between Prague and Bratislava, and a report by a Slovak theology student on a year in Prague

Relationships between the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) and its sister Faculty in Bratislava (Slovakia) have always been close, and in 2013-14 they were particularly... více

Jiří Mrázek is appointed Dean of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague

Jiří Mrázek is appointed Dean of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague

Jiří Mrázek is the new Dean of the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague (PTF) for the period 2014–2018. He was elected unanimously by the Academic Senate of the PTF (consisting of representatives of both the teaching staff and the student body) on 1 April 2013. He... více

Visiting Professor from Estonia Teaches for a Semester in Prague

Visiting Professor from Estonia Teaches for a Semester in Prague

The Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague (PTF) has a wide range of contacts with partner institutions in a number of different countries. This was demonstrated again recently when for the first time a visiting professor from Estonia came to Prague and taught courses at... více

Joint Czech-American theological seminar

Joint Czech-American theological seminar

Students from Columbia Theological Seminary visit Prague and take part in seminar with Czech students

The Protestant Theological Seminary in Prague (PTF) has a relationship with Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, going back nearly 20 years. During that time a... více

Theology students from Prague work on archaeological dig in Israel Interview with Czech student on how she spent the summer

Theology students from Prague work on archaeological dig in Israel Interview with Czech student on how she spent the summer

Three teachers and six students from the Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF) found a rather unusual way to spend their summer holiday in 2013. Together with other volunteers from all over the world, they spent four weeks working on the archaeological excavations at the Tel Azekah locality in... více

Conference at Prague Theology Faculty to Mark the 400th Anniversary of the Kralice Bible

Conference at Prague Theology Faculty to Mark the 400th Anniversary of the Kralice Bible

On Friday 18 October 2013 an academic conference took place at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) entitled "Amica – Sponsa – Mater" dedicated to the history of the text and authority of the bible in the period of the Bohemian Reformation. The conference was organised by the... více

Come to Prague for a year to study theology or social work in English

Come to Prague for a year to study theology or social work in English

Each year, the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague offers courses in English for theology and social work students from other countries who want to study in Prague for a year or a semester (for example, through the Erasmus programme) before returning to complete their studies at home.... více

Protestant Theological Faculty opens new double-degree Bachelor's programme in Social Work, taught in English

Protestant Theological Faculty opens new double-degree Bachelor's programme in Social Work, taught in English

In September 2014 the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) will open a new Bachelor's study programme, taught in English, in Social Services with a focus on Diaconia and Christian Social Practice. The programme has been developed jointly by the PTF, the Diaconia University of Applied... více

Twenty-first Colloquium Biblicum in Prague Old Testament scholars meet for annual international meeting at the Protestant Theological Faculty

Twenty-first Colloquium Biblicum in Prague Old Testament scholars meet for annual international meeting at the Protestant Theological Faculty

On the same day as Charles University celebrated its 665th birthday with traditional academic ceremonies attended by professors, deans, vice-rectors and the Rector in their academic gowns – 3 April 2013 – the twenty-first international Colloquium Biblicum opened at the University's... více

Petr Pokorný is eighty - and still spry and active

Petr Pokorný is eighty - and still spry and active

Professor Petr Pokorný, one of the leading Czech Bible scholars, celebrated his 80th birthday in April. For many years he led the „New Testament“Department at the Protestant Theological Faculty and was director of the Centre for Biblical Studies at Charles University and the Academy of... více

An Orthodox postdoctoral researcher at the Protestant Theological Faculty

An Orthodox postdoctoral researcher at the Protestant Theological Faculty

The young Orthodox theologian Nevena Dimitrova is the first postdoctoral researcher from abroad to do research at the Protestant Theological Faculty under a scheme launched by Charles University in 2010 to support research. Here Nevena talks about her theological interests and her first... více

Jabok is more than a school

Jabok is more than a school

Jabok – College for social-pedagogy and theology, celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its founding. This celebration provides the impulse to evaluate the existing work, also in connection to the ECCB. The agreement, dating back to 1999, about cooperation between Jabok and the PTF... více

Research Project on J. L. Hromádka

Research Project on J. L. Hromádka

In the second half of the 20 th century Josef Lukl Hromádka was well-known beyond the borders of his own church and country. The Czech systematic theologian, who started to teach at the protestant theological faculty in Prague (first the Hus Faculty, later the Comenius Faculty) in the 1920s,... více

Protestant Theological Faculty hosts major international conference for Diaconia teachers and researchers

Protestant Theological Faculty hosts major international conference for Diaconia teachers and researchers

In addition to Protestant Theology, the Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF) offers a study programme in Pastoral and Social Work, and for several years has been a member of a network of European universities involved in the teaching and research of diaconia. Every two or three years the... více

Hebe Kohlbrugge revisits Prague at the age of 98

Hebe Kohlbrugge revisits Prague at the age of 98

"Dear Professor Hromádka, I am sure you remember meeting me at Karl Barth's house in 1939…"

On 17 October 2012 the lecture room in the Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF) was packed with students and teachers who had come to listen to a very special guest. 98-year-old Hebe Kohlbrugge... více

Association of Friends of the Faculty holds its annual meeting

Association of Friends of the Faculty holds its annual meeting

Religion – Trauma or Therapy

The annual meeting of the Association of Friends of the Protestant Theological Faculty took place on 20-21 October 2012. Many of the members of the Association are former international students at the Faculty, and people came from as many as 10 countries to... více

Czech-German Readings of Adorno

Czech-German Readings of Adorno

In the summer semester 2012 students and teachers from the Theology Faculties of Charles University in Prague and Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen met together twice to discuss the ideas of the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno. On 18-20 May 2012 a group of students from Prague,... více

A new project:

A new project: "History and interpretation of the Bible" in the Czech Republic

The Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, is since January 2012 the project manager for 'History and Interpretation of the Bible' which is financially supported by the grant agency of the Czech Republic (Research Funding). The competition for these projects were announced last... více

Ecumenical aspects of the life of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague in the past and the present

Ecumenical aspects of the life of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague in the past and the present

The Faculty was founded in 1919 on the initiative of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), which recognises studies at the Faculty as a qualification for the ministry. However, the Faculty has never served solely the students of this church. Understandably, other Protestant churches,... více

Renewal of cooperation between theology faculties in Prague and Bratislava

Renewal of cooperation between theology faculties in Prague and Bratislava

After a break of several years, this May saw the renewal of the longstanding tradition of cooperation between the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague (PTF) and the Protestant Theological Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. A group of teachers,... více

Prof. Jakub Trojan celebrates his 85th birthday

Prof. Jakub Trojan celebrates his 85th birthday

On 29 May 2012 there was not a single free seat in the large lecture hall of the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. It was full of friends and well-wishers who had come to hear the emeritus professor of the Faculty, Jakub S. Trojan, give a lecture on the theme "Power as a Problem – A... více

Many New Insights: An Eight-Month Internship in the German-Speaking Congregation in Prague

Many New Insights: An Eight-Month Internship in the German-Speaking Congregation in Prague

When I look back on the eight months that I have spent as a trainee pastor in the German-Speaking Protestant Congregation in Prague (GPCP), then one word in particular comes to mind: diversity. Thanks to the openness of the two pastors, Andrea Pfeifer and Frank Leßmann-Pfeifer, I was able to... více

Theology of Christian Traditions: an ecumenical study programme at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague

Theology of Christian Traditions: an ecumenical study programme at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague

Does it seem strange to you to have an ecumenical programme for teaching theology in a town like Prague where the university contains three theological faculties: Catholic, Protestant, and Hussite? Yes, it is not what you might expect – but at a university where theological education is... více

Theology students are a special kind of person, who – just like soldiers, policemen, prisoners, or hospital patients – need their own kind of chaplain

Theology students are a special kind of person, who – just like soldiers, policemen, prisoners, or hospital patients – need their own kind of chaplain

An interview with the acting student chaplain at the Prague Theology Faculty

For the academic year 2012-13, two part-time acting chaplains (Ivo Mareš, pastor in the Smíchov congregation in Prague, and Jan Štefan, Professor of Systematic Theology at the Faculty) were appointed as... více

Education is not a business

Education is not a business

Staff and students at the Prague Theological Faculty join in protests against proposed reform of Czech higher education

On 21 February 2012 the main lecture hall of the Protestant Theological Faculty (PTF) in Prague was full as students and staff came to hear the latest position about the... více

Beyond the Social Services

Beyond the Social Services

The Protestant Theological Faculty organises a week-long international seminar

This February 26 students from 5 European countries were able to experience Prague first-hand and at the same time to discover new forms of organised love for one's neighbour. Participants at the seminar held in... více

Teaching and Research of Diaconia

Teaching and Research of Diaconia

The Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague will host the 4th Biennial Conference organised by the Network of European Universities Involved in Teaching and Research of Diaconia on 26-29 September 2012, on the theme "Hidden Europe: The Challenge to Diaconia and Christian Social Practice".... více

An archaeologist from Jerusalem and a Jesuit from India among visiting lecturers at the Prague Faculty this autumn

An archaeologist from Jerusalem and a Jesuit from India among visiting lecturers at the Prague Faculty this autumn

"Thanks to my excavations we have an urbanised settlement with fortifications, administration, and written records. So it cannot be said that the process of urbanisation began 100 years after King David." This was the basic message of a fascinating lecture given at the Protestant Theological... více

Faculty teacher wins prize for recent publication

Faculty teacher wins prize for recent publication

Petr Sláma, who teaches Old Testament Studies at the Faculty, has won the Annual Prize of the Vyšehrad publishing house for 2010 for his book "Tanu Rabanan – An Anthology of Rabbinic Literature". The publication contains an introductory study of the world of Rabbinic literature in the... více

Conference “Protestants in the 20th Century between Faith, Dreams, and Power”

Conference “Protestants in the 20th Century between Faith, Dreams, and Power”

On 3 and 4 November 2011 the Protestant Theological Faculty held a conference on the different ways in which Protestants tried to find their positions in the political context of the division of Europe during the Cold War. The conference took place in the framework of a research project at the... více

Prague theologians excavate on the site of the battle between David and Goliath

Prague theologians excavate on the site of the battle between David and Goliath

On 10-15 June 2011 a group of three teachers and five students from the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague (PTF) took part in archaeological excavations in Chirbet Qeiyafa, the site of an Iron Age town in the Holy Land which is significant not only for archaeologists but also for biblical... více