Rome (NEV), October 8, 2017 – “Justification? Faith and salvation in Paul, five hundred years after Luther”. This is the title of the opening address with which Professor Eric Noffke inaugurated the Academic year 2017/18 at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology, Saturday October 7.
A theme that, in the year of the Fifth Centenary of the Protestant Reformation, resumes Martin Luther’s thoughts on the Doctrine of justification by faith, comparing it with the biblical texts of the Apostle Paul. The inaugural worship was held on Sunday, October 8th at the Waldensian church of Via IV Novembre, presided over by pastor Emanuele Fiume.
The new Academic year includes about thirty students, men and women, enrolled both in the theological degree course and in the Melantone Ecumenical Studies Center. This center was opened in 2001 by the Waldensian Faculty, in collaboration with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy (CELI). 240 students are enrolled at the three-year degree correspondence course in Biblical theological sciences.
“The Waldensian Faculty – explained Professor Fulvio Ferrario, Dean of the university – presents itself as a small reality in the Italian cultural world. However, it proposes a very rich teaching offer addressed both to curricular students and to those who intend to enroll in a course as auditors, or adhere to the ‘All you can learn’ formula that allows to follow all the courses described in the 2017/18 program”.
With the new Academic year, also the Master in Multicultural Theology started its second season. The inaugural lesson was held on Friday, September 29th by professor Sergio Botta (University of La Sapienza, Rome) who spoke on “The Franciscan Mission in New Spain. An experiment of intercultural theology”.