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March 28, 2011
Post-Reformation Digital Library Announces Formation of Advisory Board of International Scholars

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 28, 2011) -- As part of ongoing efforts to improve and develop the content available on the website, the Post-Reformation Digital Library executive board announced the formation of an editorial advisory board. The advisory board consists of a wide range of scholars from institutions all over Europe and North America.

The editorial advisory board will provide assistance to the executive board by providing feedback on the usability of the website as well as identification of ways to expand the coverage of the site. The goal is for the Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) to have the depth of coverage in other theological and philosophical traditions that matches the current scope of the Reformed tradition.

"While we are pleased with the progress we have made in indexing authors from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and other traditions, the expertise of our current executive board is heavily weighted toward the Reformed theological tradition," said David Systma, moderator of the PRDL executive board and doctoral candidate in historical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Adding a diverse and well-respected advisory board is critical to the ongoing development of the PRDL, he added.

Dr. Richard Muller, P.J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary concurs. "Our goal is to expand our coverage of early modern theological and philosophical sources by integrating insights from our advisory board," he said, "The makeup of the current advisory board is ideal for achieving this purpose."

Launched in the Fall of 2009 and hosted by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, the Post-Reformation Digital Library (www.prdl.org) is a select bibliography of primary source documents focusing on early modern theology and philosophy, spanning publicly-accessible collections from major research libraries, independent scholarly initiatives, and corporate documentation projects.

Over time the PRDL hopes to further expand and improve by updating to a database format, which will improve usability, search functionality, and cross-referencing. This will also allow the PRDL to cover material from a broader range of sources, including major research libraries and collections in Europe, in addition to sources like Google Books and the Internet Archive.

The PRDL editorial advisory board consists of:

  • Ken Appold, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Willem van Asselt, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), IPRF-ETF-Leuven (Belgium)
  • Irena Backus, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Amy Nelson Burnett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Joseph Freedman, Alabama State University
  • Aza Goudriaan, VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
  • Charles D. Gunnoe Jr., Aquinas College
  • Robert Kolb, Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis
  • Ulrich Lehner, Marquette University
  • Elsie Anne McKee, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Thomas Osborne, University of St. Thomas, Houston
  • Piotr Wilczek, University of Warsaw (Poland)

The PRDL executive board consists of:

  • Jordan J. Ballor, University of Zurich/Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Albert Gootjes, Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Richard Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Todd Rester, Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Lugene Schemper, Hekman Library, Calvin College & Seminary (ex officio)
  • David Sytsma, Princeton Theological Seminary (moderator)

Contact Jordan J. Ballor at (616) 617-7669 or [email protected] for more information.

About the Meeter Center: The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies is a research center specializing in John Calvin and Calvinism that opened in 1981 and is located at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

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