Research Institutes

In order to help scientific research and to study actual and highly important scientific fields our university operates research institutes. These research institutes carry out their work in association with one or several departments and in cooperation with the colleagues of the given department(s): organizing conferences, publication activities, publication of own series. The head of the research institute is proposed by the heads of the competent departments and commissioned by the Senate. Work plan of the research institute is approved by the senate as a condition of establishment. Separate regulations record the operation of the research institutes that form attachments to the Organizational and Operational Rules of the Debrecen Reformed Theological University. Research institutes create institutional libraries as deposit libraries of the Theological Special Library of the Debrecen Reformed Theological University. Development of the stock of the research institute libraries is realized by the heads of the research institutes with the help of successful tenders, donations and the budget of the Theological Special Library. The inner regulations of the use of deposit libraries are determined by the head of the given department: the stock can be given out for reading and photo copying in the central reading room of the Special Library of the Reference Department of the Theological Special Library. The following research institutes operate at the university:
a) HATVANI ISTVÁN THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Studies the special issue of what effects Christian religion and the way of thinking related to it had on the development of natural sciences and vice versa: how exact sciences could enrich the advancement of theological thinking.
b) EASTERN-CENTRAL EUROPE KARL BARTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE: The primary task of the institute is to study the theology of Karl Barth with special regard to the history of its Hungarian effect. Apart from organizing professional events the institute makes efforts to translate and publish those works of Barth that have not been published in Hungarian yet. The institute also aims to keep the theological heritage of Barth part of today’s Hungarian reformed theology.
c) CENTRAL EUROPEAN REFORMATION AND PROTESTANTISM HISTORY RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Attempts to expose the history, effects and significance of reformation in Central Europe primarily showing that Hungary is an integral part of the European culture regarding the intellectual heritage and scientific activity.
d) LITURGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Its task is to help reforming church services and to research the forms of appearance of church service. It also studies the effects made by teachers, students; and to further grow the practical theological heritage and intellectual legacy of Sándor Csikesz and Czeglédy Sándor professors.
e) MISSIO ET OIKODOME – MISSION AND OECUMENA Research Institute: Its aim is to help the scientific activity of Hungarian and foreign researchers carried out in the theological fields of missiology, congregation founding and ecumenics in order primarily to supporting research of mission-theological, congregation founding and ecumenics scientific fields relevant for the services of the Hungarian Reformed Church with special emphasis on areas related to the integration of Roma communities into the Church in the Carpathian Basin
f) OLD TESTAMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Studies Old Testament prophetism, the production, theology and still valid messages for the early Church.
g) PATMOS New Testament Research Institute: Its aims include the study of the Hungarian, Central and eastern European reception and effect history of New Testament Centre. Out of these Hellenistic religion history is regarded essential together with the effects of the culture on the development of a New Testament Church appearance, the apostle theology and the analysis, translation and publication of apocryphal documents, ancient literature and epigraphics. Simultaneously – reflecting the above listed aims – it regards the research, translation and publication in Hungarian of the New Testament comments of John Calvin
h) SEPPHORIS BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND POST-BIBLICAL JEWISH LITERATURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Its primary aim is the research and publication of post-biblical Jewish literature, especially the Misna and midrash Agadach. Further tasks include the presentation of the results of biblical archaeology and incorporating them into education as extensively as possible.
i) SOCIAL ETHICS RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Its task includes helping the establishment of church standpoints in actual public life issues, describing the biblical and ethical standpoint for on the one hand the members of the congregations and on the other hand for the non-Church public.