On the 3rd of March 2016 the Department of Germanic Philology hosted a lecture by John Burgess, Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Paul Roberts, Senior Pastor at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. The meeting was organized by the International Affairs Office of STOU.
The lecture was devoted to the history of Protestantism in Europe. Professor Burgess told students about three leaders of the Reformation: Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli, as well as their worldview. He explained the difference between three varieties of early Protestantism – Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anabaptism.
Pastor Paul Roberts spoke about the administrative structure of the Presbyterian Church, which goes back to the Calvinistic branch of Protestantism; he also discussed some of the peculiarities of modern services in this denomination.
The meeting was held in English without translation, so students had the opportunity to improve their listening and speaking skills, as well as expanding their bank of religious vocabulary.