Dr A. Goudriaan

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faculteit religie en theologie ( texts & tradition )
Associate Professor of Historical Theology


Apologetic argument in early Christian theology; Reception of patristic thought; Early modern theology and philosophy.


  • Co-ordinator and teacher, Church History [Kerkgeschiedenis] (BA 1; 6 EC)
  • Preparation bachelor thesis [Voorbereiding scriptie bachelor] (BA 3; 6 EC)
  • Co-ordinator and teacher, Christianity and the University (BA minor course, 6 EC)
  • Teacher, Specialization Course Church History 2: The Theology of Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) (MA elective; 6 EC)

Recent publications

  • 'Descartes, Cartesianism, and Early Modern Theology', in: Ulrich L. Lehner, Richard Muller, and A.G. Roeber (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016.
  • 'Augustinus und die Vernunft der reformierten Orthodoxie', in: Herman J. Selderhuis & Ernst-Joachim Waschke (eds.), Reformation und Rationalität, Göttingen: V&R 2015, 209-224.
  • 'Samuel Rutherford on the Divine Origin of Possibility and Impossibility', in: Aaron Clay Denlinger (ed.), Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560-1775, London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2015, 141-156.
  • with Irena Backus, '"Semipelagianism": The Origins of the Term and its Passage into the History of Heresy,' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65 (2014), 25-46.
  • ''Dordrecht, Synod of,' and 'Hyperius, Andreas Gerhard (1511-1564)' in: Karla Pollmann, Willemien Otten et al. (eds.), The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013. vol. 2, 897-903 and 1173-1175.
  • 'Theologia practica: The Diverse Meanings of a Subject of Early Modern Academic Writing,' in: Jordan J. Ballor, David S. Sytsma, & Jason Zuidema (eds.), Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism. Studies in Honor of Richard A. Muller on the Maturation of a Theological Tradition, Leiden/Boston: Brill 2013, 443-455.  
  • 'Theology and Philosophy', in: Herman J. Selderhuis (ed.), A Companion to Reformed Orthodoxy, Leiden: Brill, 2013, 27-63.
  • 'Seventeenth-century Arminians and the Accusation of Pelagianism: Some Tactical Approaches’, in: Irena Backus/Philippe Büttgen/Bernard Pouderon (eds.), L'argument hérésiologique: l’Église ancienne et les Réformes, XVI-XVIIe siècles, Paris: Beauchesne 2012, 363-379.
  • 'Pelagianism and the Philosophical Orientation of Reformed Orthodoxy', in: Günter Frank/Herman J. Selderhuis (eds.), Philosophie der Reformierten, Stuttgart: Frommann Holzboog 2012, 183-201.
  • 'Ulrik Huber and John Calvin: The Franeker Debate on Human Reason and the Bible (1686-1687)', Church History and Religious Culture 91 (2011), 165-178.
  • with Fred van Lieburg (eds.), Revisiting the Synod of Dordt (1618-1619), Leiden/Boston: Brill 2011 (Brill's Series in Church History, 49), xiv + 442 pp.
  • 'The Synod of Dordt on Arminian Anthropology’, in: Goudriaan/Van Lieburg (eds.), Revisiting the Synod of Dordt (1618-1619), Leiden/Boston: Brill 2011, 81-106.
  • 'Athanasius in Reformed Protestantism: Some Aspects of Reception History (1527-1607)', Church History and Religious Culture 90 (2010), 257-276.
  • ‘Justification by Faith and the Early Arminian Controversy’, in: Maarten Wisse/Marcel Sarot/Willemien Otten (eds.), Scholasticism Reformed. Essays in Honour of Willem J. van Asselt, Leiden/Boston: Brill 2010, 155-178.
  • 'Cyprian's De ecclesiae catholicae unitate: Why Did Reformed Theologians Consider It a Useful Book (1559-1655)?', in: Henk Bakker/Paul van Geest/Hans van Loon (eds.), Cyprian of Carthage. Studies in His Life, Language, and Thought, Leuven 2010, 225-241.
  • '"Augustine Asleep" or "Augustine Awake?" Jacobus Arminius's Reception of Augustine', in: Th. Marius van Leeuwen/Keith D. Stanglin/Marijke Tolsma (eds.), Arminius, Arminianism, and Europe. Jacobus Arminius (1559/60-1609), Leiden/Boston: Brill 2009, 51-72. 
  • Reformed Orthodoxy and Philosophy, 1625-1750: Gisbertus Voetius, Petrus van Mastricht, and Anthonius Driessen, Leiden/Boston: Brill 2006 (Brill’s Series in Church History, 26), xiv + 391 pp.
  • (ed.), Jacobus Revius, A Theological Examination of Cartesian Philosophy. Early Criticisms (1647), Leiden/Boston: Brill 2002 (Kerkhistorische Bijdragen, 19), x + 213 pp.

PhD supervision

On this page you will find Dr Goudriaan's potential research areas and themes for future PhD students.


Aza Goudriaan studied theology at the University of Leiden and at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (MA 1994, Leiden; PhD 1999, Leiden). He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in theology at the University of Leiden. From 2005 to 2008 he was a research fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam. In September 2007 he became assistant professor of patristics at the Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam. Goudriaan is a former member in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2002). He is co-editor-in-chief of Church History and Religious Culture. In 2014-2015 he was head of the department of Church History in the Faculty of Theology, VU University Amsterdam.

Ancillary activities

Guido de Bres Stichting - Unknown Gouda, 01 januari 2006
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017