Paul van Geest appointed Professor of Theology and Economic Thought at the Faculty of Philosophy

Erasmus School of Economics

Paul van Geest has been appointed Professor of Theology and Economic Thought at the Faculty of Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Effective from 1 January 2018, he helds the position on a part-time basis. His chair is in part made possible by Erasmus Holding and Erasmus School of Economics.


The aim of the Faculty of Philosophy in establishing the chair of Theology and Economic Thought is to contribute to interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of philosophy, economics and theology. By taking this step, the Faculty of Philosophy is remaining in step with key developments in economic thought and expects to be in a position to enrich the degree programmes in, respectively, philosophy and economics. Professor Van Geest will provide courses for students and doctoral candidates who are interested in the history of theology and questions concerning the meaning of life as considered in relation to or, as the case may be, in opposition to economic motives.

About Paul van Geest

Paul van Geest has been Professor of Church History and the History of Theology at Tilburg University since 2007. He graduated in Philology (Leiden, 1986) and Theology (Rome, Pontifical Gregorian University/Gregoriana, 1991). In 1996 he was awarded a doctorate in Utrecht for his thesis on the medieval theologian Thomas a Kempis. From 2002 to 2007 he was Endowed Professor of Augustinian Studies at the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht. In addition to being an internationally recognised scholar in the field of early Christianity and the thought of Augustine of Hippo, he regularly appears in the Dutch media to explain developments in Christianity.

Further information

For more information, please contact the press officer of the Faculty of Philosophy, Ms Evaline Bender:, +31 (0)10 408 89 80.