Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation: Essays in Reformational Philosophy

Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation: Essays in Reformational Philosophy. Lambert Zuidervaart. McGill-Queen's University Press. April 2016.

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Also see: Ground Motive symposium responding to the book

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Reformational philosophy rests on the ideas of nineteenth-century educator, church leader, and politician Abraham Kuyper, and it emerged in the early twentieth century among Reformed Protestant thinkers in the Netherlands. Combining comprehensive criticisms of Western philosophy with robust proposals for a just society, it calls on members of religious communities to transform harmful cultural practices, social institutions, and societal structures.

Well known for his work in aesthetics and critical theory, Lambert Zuidervaart is a leading figure in contemporary reformational philosophy. In Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation - the first of two volumes of original essays from the past thirty years - he forges new interpretations of art, politics, rationality, religion, science, and truth. In dialogue with modern and contemporary philosophers, among them Immanuel Kant, G. W. F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Theodor Adorno, J├╝rgen Habermas, and reformational thinkers such as Herman Dooyeweerd, Dirk Vollenhoven, and Hendrik Hart, Zuidervaart explains and expands on reformational philosophy’s central themes. This interdisciplinary collection offers a normative critique of societal evil, a holistic and pluralist conception of truth, and a call for both religion and science to serve the common good.

Illustrating the connections between philosophy, religion, and culture, and daring to think outside the box, Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation gives a voice to hope in a climate of despair.

Changing to Stay the Same: Meditations on Faithfulness and the Witness of the Institute for Christian Studies

Changing to Stay the Same: Meditations on Faithfulness and the Witness of the Institute for Christian Studies. Robert Sweetman. Allyson Carr and Ronald A. Kuipers, editors. Institute for Christian Studies. 2014

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This book collects fifty-two of Bob’s reflection pieces that were written over the course of several years for the ICS electronic newsletter Channel 229. Organized according to the seasons of the church calendar, the collection is intended as a devotional companion through the year, and is dedicated with gratitude to our support community.

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On Being a Reformational Philosopher: Spirituality, Religion, and the Call to Love

Lecture to the ICS "Scripture, Faith, and Scholarship" seminar. Lambert Zuidervaart. November 14, 2014.

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A Christian philosopher continually seeks to align the spiritual orientation of his or her philosophical practices and their results with the scriptures-within-worship of the Christian community, insofar as this authoritative touchstone discloses the God of love—preferably doing this within a religiously inflected tradition of scholarship—while remaining vigilant in the pursuit of alignment and open to having one’s philosophy spiritually reoriented by God’s self-disclosure.

Christian philosophy is a spiritually oriented response, both in practices and in results, to the God of love, faithful to the scriptures-within-worship, and ever open to the surprising ways in which God calls and guides and inspires us to follow Jesus along the pathways of love.

Toward an Evangelical Feminism: Scripture, Theology, Gender

Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) Fall Conference 2014

Co-sponsored by Wycliffe College and the Institute for Christian Studies.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave, Toronto · map

Keynote speaker Marion Ann Taylor
B.A., M.A. (Toronto); M.Div. (Knox/Toronto), S.T.M., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Yale)
Professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College

⋄ Call for Papers (due August 15)

⋄ Jack and Phyllis Middleton Award for Excellence in Bible and Theology

Marion Taylor was raised in Toronto and returned in 1986 to teach Old Testament at Wycliffe College following graduate studies at Yale University. Her doctoral thesis on the history of Old Testament studies at Princeton Seminary from 1820-1929 was supervised by Brevard Childs. Her interests in the history of the interpretation of the Bible continue, centering more recently on women interpreters of the Bible. In 2006 she published a collection of the writings of fifty forgotten women interpreters of the stories of women in Genesis, Let her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-century Women Writing on Women in Genesis with Heather Weir. She co-edited Recovering Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters, a volume of essays on nineteenth-century women interpreters with Christiana de Groot of Calvin College, published in the SBL's symposium series. Her award winning Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: a historical and biographical guide (2012) provides an exciting new resource for those interested in the history of the reception of the biblical texts and theology. She is also preparing anthologies of nineteenth-century women's writings on the women in the gospels and the women in Joshua and Judges. She has received several research grants to support her projects related to women interpreters of Scripture. She is currently writing a commentary on Ruth and Esther for Zondervan's The Story of God Bible Commentary series. She is married to Glen Taylor who also teaches Old Testament at Wycliffe College. They have three adult children. Marion loves to spend time reading, writing and walking their dog at their cottage in northern Ontario.