Research Profile: John Flett


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Research Interests

John has an interdisciplinary research focus, concentrating on constructive theologies of mission, intercultural and ecumenical theologies. His publications have explored such ranging topics as the doctrine of the Trinity, apostolicity, Karl Barth, ecclesiology, ecumenical theologies of mission, intercultural hermeneutics, Lesslie Newbigin, migrant Christianity, and missional church.

Research Supervision

John welcomes research proposals dealing with all aspects of mission, intercultural, and ecumenical theology, including contemporary themes such as contextualization, intercultural hermeneutics, mission and the arts, the cross-cultural transmission and appropriation of the Christian gospel, missional church/Fresh Expressions, and historical themes dealing with the problem of colonialisation and cultural replication, and the development of mission theology within Germany and within the ecumenical movement (International Missionary Council, the World Council of Churches, and Lausanne).

Projects he has worked with include: ‘witch-children’ in Goma, DRC; Christian/Muslim relations in Indonesia; second-generation Korean Christians in Germany; mission and church music in Indonesia; patterns of Christian discipleship in Africa.

Recent Publications: 2012–2014

“Versammlung, Auferbauung und Sendung der christlichen Gemeinde – Die Ekklesiologie in Karl Barths Versöhnungslehre.” Karl Barth als Lehrer der Versöhnung (1950 – 1968): Vertiefung – Öffnung – Hoffnung. Zürich: TVZ, 2015. Forthcoming.

“A Theology of Missio Dei.” Theology in Scotland 21, no. 1 (2014): 69–78.

“Justification contra Mission: The Isolation of Justification in the History of Reconciliation.” Zeitschrift für Dialektische Theologie Supplement Series 6 (2014): 58-80.

“‘Who is Jesus Christ?’: The Necessary Missionary Form of the Confession of the Trinity.” In Theology in Missionary Perspective: Lesslie Newbigin’s Legacy, edited by Mark T. B. Laing, and Paul Weston, 260-76. Oregon, WA: Pickwick Publications, 2012.

Bishop J. E. Lesslie Newbigin and the Missionary Challenge to Doctrinal ‘Identity’.” In Reformierte Theologie weltweit: Zwölf Profile aus dem 20. Jahrhundert, edited by Marco Hofheinz and Matthias Zeindler, 150-69. Zürich: TVZ, 2012.

“Failure in Intercultural Hermeneutics: A Case Study.” In Theologie in Freiheit und Verbindlichkeit: Profile der Kirchlichen Hochschule Wuppertal / Bethel, edited by Henning Wrogemann, 225-42. Neukirchener Verlag: Neukirchen-Vluyn, 2012.

“’Jesus Christ is…the Gentiles are Fellow Heirs of the Promise’ (Eph. 3:1-6): Toward a Christological Rationale for a Living History of Cross-Cultural Community.” In Glauben leben – vielfältig, international, interkulturell Migrationsgemeinden und deutsche Gemeinden auf dem Weg, 11-22. Hannover: Haus kirchlicher Dienste der Evangelisch-lutherischen Landeskirche Hannovers, 2012.

For a complete list of publications download the .pdf here.