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Identity Mission & Practice   

Identity:

The research into Baptist and Anabaptist Identity is conducted under the general theme of "The History and Identity of Radical Reformation Traditions". The research takes into account both social and historical context where these traditions developed as well as theological realities. Special attention is paid to Baptist history in Eastern European context where research in this field was dramatically limited during the Soviet era.

Mission:

The research area of Mission and Evangelism encourages research work in the area of mission and evangelism on the territory of the European Baptist Federation and beyond. It looks at relationships between Baptists and other denominations, encourages ecumenical work and partnership, analyses different mission activities conducted by different groups including Baptists.

Research is done in order to enhance baptistic and other churches to continue God's mission as those sent by him. This also includes fostering dialogue not only with other Christian groups but also with other religions. It includes the study of different contexts of the EBF, analysis of the local and global contexts and its interaction in the post-modern world.

Practice:

The IBTSC research area of Practice focuses on what is commonly known as the field of Practical Theology and encompasses the areas of ethics, homiletics, justice, peace, religious freedom, conflict resolution, human rights, the ministry and life of the church.  There is a strong focus on research methodology  - the use of appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnography and ethical research practices.

This research area also incorporates what was theThomas Helwys Institute for Study of Religious Freedom which was founded at Bristol Baptist College in March 2002 and transferred to IBTS, Prague in 2006 and what was the Centre for Just Peace-making Study and Research established in 2011 with the view of advancing Glen Stassen’s Just Peace-making Theory.



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