Els Agten Wins REFORC Book Award 2021

07 May 2021

This year’s REFORC Book Award was won by Els Agten. The winner was announced during the Tenth Annual REFORC conference on Early Modern Christianity.

18 books had been submitted for this award, from which the REFORC board had to choose. Based on the criteria originality of topic and research, methodological and literary quality, presentation of new insights, and academic and social relevance, the board’s choice fell on Els Agten’s book The Catholic Church and the Dutch Bible. From the Council of Trent to the Jansenist Controversy (1564–1733), published by Brill.

During the Award Ceremony the winner was announced, and Herman Selderhuis congratulated Els later in a separate online session.


We also wish to thank the other authors who submitted their book for the REFORC Book Award 2021: Jonathon D. Beeke, Kazimierz Bem, Cornelis H.W. van den Berg, Robert Christman, Bryan Cussen, J.V. Fesko, Crawford Gribben, Jan van de Kamp, James E. Kelly, Pierre-Olivier Léchot, Bárbara Mujica, Nina Niedermeier, Stanislau Paulau, Rose-Marie Peake, Barbara Pitkin, Mattias Skat Sommer, and Ulrike Strasser.


The REFORC Book Award is presented annually for publications related to Early Modern Christianity (c. 1450-1650). The Award aims to encourage academics to present their research. The author of the selected book will receive € 1000 and a certificate.