Inaugurated in 2017 on the five-hundredth anniversary of the European Reformation, the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology (ACPT) is purposed to facilitate, coordinate and promote advanced research in the field of Christian theology. Its intellectual ambition encompasses both critical examination of the historic forms, developments and implications of Protestant thought as well as constructive engagement in its most pressing contemporary tasks in relation to church and world.
Pursuing its work in the context of collegial and ecclesial collaboration with partners from Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, ACPT is tasked with investigating the viability, integrity and fruitfulness of distinctively Protestant orientations, emphases, and trajectories in Christian dogmatics as part of a vibrant research programme in the wider field of theological sciences. To this end, the Institute maintains close connections with colleagues in disciplines cognate to systematic theology, most significantly church history, biblical studies, theological ethics, and practical theology. As befits work in this tradition, questions concerning the centrality of the doctrine of grace, as well as concerning the authority, interpretation, and application of Scripture, provide notable foci for our inquiries.
Paul Nimmo, Tom Greggs and Philip Ziegler serve together as Co-Directors of the Centre and its work.