Research Projects

We have several lines of research in different projects. Find out more by clicking on one of the projects below.

The Hope Project

The Hope Project is a scientific project that focuses on increasing insight into hope by, among other things, measuring it, as well as positively influencing hope.
Our mission is to achieve a significant increase of hope in Western Europe and North America. We do not see hope as an objective in itself, but as a crucial motivator for achieving for example inclusiveness and agility. We work on our mission by providing insight into the concept …
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Homo Amans: A Relational Anthropology for Work and Economy

In current economics, the conception of the human being as a homo economicus is considered to be outdated or at least severely limited, under the influence of new insights in behavioral economics. However, the social climate is still strongly influenced by this antiquated anthropological model. The Goldschmeding Foundation focuses on the meaning of agapè for human beings, work and economy. As loving beings (homo amans) we are relational by design. Meaningful innovation …
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Towards an Environmental Ethic of ‘Fittingness’

In this project, we seek to contribute to the theological appropriation of the concept of ‘fittingness’ in environmental ethics, investigating it from various angles, such as biblical studies, historical theology, systematic theology and Christian ethics.
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New Journeys in God’s Mission

We live in a time of continual change. Vital churches recognize the need to nurture a culture in which change is normal. Church leadership has become like white-water rafting: navigating unpredictable currents and avoiding under-water rocks, while keeping everyone on board – all without prospect that the white waters will soon be over. Thus, churches need a culture …
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Doctoral Research Project

At present there are several Doctoral Research Projects by Ph.D. students who are working on subjects that are of particular interest to ILSE.
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Recently finished:

Moral Discernment in an Age of Complex Technology

This research project focuses on answering the question of how the gospel influences our appreciation of new technologies – how it guides our moral discernment in this area as Christians in Europe. The gift of the gospel, namely the incarnation, cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the justification by faith in that event, is the starting point of all our ethical reasoning. In Christ, God has reconciled the world, all life, with himself. The question is how …
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