Dordt University Press Seerveld Series

Calvin G. Seerveld, 2014

John H. Kok, series editor

Find it on: Dordt University Press (or to Canadian personal addresses via Tuppence by special arrangement)

A 6-book series of collected "sundry writings and occasional lectures" from Cal on a number of topics such as aesthetics, art history, cultural studies, and biblical studies:

Normative Aesthetics
Discussion of human imaginativity, of ordinary aesthetic life including humour, style, clothes, games and leisure, with ideas about the need for imaginative grit and giving away artistry in love to one’s neighbours.

Redemptive Art in Society
On the necessity of whimsical redemptive public artistry, especially in cities, with an extended celebration of practising theatre as a christian vocation.

Cultural Problems in Western Society
An assessment of how “tolerance,” xenophilia, and imaginative reenchantment of the European tradition can challenge artists today who want to make a living from their art in our post-christian Western society.

Art History Revisited
Schema for a cartographic methodology for doing art history, demonstrated with critique of the art of Watteau, Hogarth, Mengs, Peter S. Smith and Gerald Folkerts. Also, the genius of Vollenhoven’s philosophical historiography, with notes on art critic Kurt Badt’s use of Heidegger’s aesthetics.

Cultural Education & History Writing
A rationale for Christian college education, for learning foreign languages, with reflections on keeping history and writing history down truthfully.

Biblical Studies & Wisdom for Living
Biblical studies on psalms, on how to read Proverbs, on human corporeality, pleasure, becoming elderly, with songs on the weather, friendship, and married love.

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

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.

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.

• Watch the videos below.

• Read the paper in the ICS Institutional Repository.


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.

Educating the Will

Doug Blomberg. "Educating the Will". 2014

Read: paper in the ICS Institutional Repository

Listen and View: audio file and slides

Doug Blomberg presented this paper to the Biennial Conference of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education (ICCTE) held at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada from May 28 to May 31, 2014. His presentation began with an exploration of a concept central to a Christian view of the person, that of the will. This was introduced into Western thought through Augustine’s appropriation of the biblical tradition, particularly Paul’s reflections in Romans 7. Whereas cognition and more recently affect have featured most prominently in approaches to education, the will has been largely overlooked. Blomberg seeks to redress this omission, and goes on to illustrate the implications for a pedagogy in which the role of the will is accorded significance. He describes strategies such as “Project-Based Learning” in the context of the curricular rhythm of “Play, Problem-posing, Purposeful Response”, first proposed in A Vision with a Task (Stronks and Blomberg, 1993).

Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good

On May 12 & 13, 2014, The King’s University College and the Institute for Christian Studies co-hosted a conference on economic justice in Edmonton, Alberta, entitled Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good.

• Watch Address by Dr. Bob Goudzwaard (YouTube)

• Watch Address by the Honourable Diane Ablonczy (YouTube)

• Jump to the Conference Archive

ICS conference organisation by the ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE). Ronald A. Kuipers, director of the CPRSE.

The Laws of the Spirit: A Hegelian Theory of Justice

The Laws of the Spirit: A Hegelian Theory of Justice. Shannon Hoff. 2014

Find it at: SUNY Press

From the book cover:
Drawing from a variety of Hegel's writings. Shannon Hoff articulates a theory of justice that requires answering simultaneously to three irreducibly different demands: those of community, universality and individuality. The domains of "ethicality." "legality and "morality" correspond to these essential dimensions of human experience, and a political system that fails to give adequate recognition to any one of these will become oppressive. The commitment to legality emphasized in modern and contemporary political life, Hoff argues, systematically precludes adequate recognition of the formative cultural contexts that Hegel identifies under the name of "ethical life" and of singular experiences of moral duty, or conscience. Countering the perception of Hegel as a conservative political thinker and engaging broadly with contemporary work in liberalism, critical theory, and feminism, Hoff focuses on these themes of ethicality and conscience to consider how modern liberal politics must be transformed if it is to accommodate these essential dimensions of human life.

The Byzantine Icon is Alive and Well: The Practice and Reflections of a Working Iconographer

Thursday March 27, 2014. 7–9 PM
ART TALKS! lecture with iconographer Lynette Hull.

Father Madden Hall, St. Michael’s College
100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto – map

• Rebekah Smick interviewed Lynette Hull in advance of her presentation. You can watch this video on Youtube:

Funding for this event was provided by the Ruth Memorial Fund. Co-sponsored by ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics, Toronto School of Theology and the Toronto School of Theology Liturgy Seminar. Rebekah Smick, organiser.

Preserving the Common, Producing Difference: Neo-Calvinism and the Cultural Turn in the Humanities

ARCU lecture by Dr. Ryan C. McIlhenny
Associate Professor of History and Humanities
Providence Christian College
2013–2014 ARCU lecturerbio

Listen: audio of lecture and question-and-answer session

A crucial element often missing in the contemporary discussions about Christ and culture is a robust definition of culture. This address offers an updated definition that evaluates traditional evangelical understandings on the topic with contemporary cultural studies and critical theory. Culture, as I propose, is the purely phenomenal identity that springs from human interaction with the created order. Such a definition affirms the common and shared/undifferentiated activities of both Christians and non-Christians that, nonetheless, produce different cultures, preserving the neo-Calvinist emphasis on structure and direction.

Lecture presented by the ICS Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics at the Toronto School of Theology boardroom, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent E., Toronto, Thursday March 20, 2014. 7:30 PM.

Rights and Worlds: The Political Significance of Belonging

Rights and Worlds: The Political Significance of Belonging.  Paper presented by Shannon Hoff at Guelph University, January 17, 2014.

View: on Youtube

Listen: audio file of the lecture

Modernity is characterized by an assertion of the individual as a singular unit of significance and its various systems (political, legal, economic, and so on) have taken their lead from the idea of the individual as the bearer of rights. This modern prioritization of the individual, however, while a powerful accomplishment, is also problematic: it does not adequately recognize how the individual it prioritizes would itself point to other contexts of significance by which its identity is constituted and made meaningful. This paper will explore this basic tension between these two visions of selfhood – one expressed in terms of "rights" and the other in terms of "worlds". It will show how care for these basic worlds of significance is necessary for the very operation of rights, and it will point to various ways in which the significance of these "worlds" could be politically recognized and protected.

Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion

Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion. Lambert Zuidervaart, Allyson Carr, Matthew J. Klaassen and Ronnie Shuker, editors. McGill-Queen's University Press. January 2014

A pioneering study of why truth is important in philosophy, public culture, and everyday life.

Find it at: McGill-Queen's University Press

Also see: Truth Matters Interdisciplinary Conference

Why should we seek and tell the truth? Does anyone know what truth is? Many are skeptical about the relevance of truth. Truth Matters endeavours to show why truth is important in a world where the very idea of truth is contested.

Putting philosophers in conversation with educators, literary scholars, physicists, political theorists, and theologians, Truth Matters ranges across both analytic and continental philosophy and draws on the ideas of thinkers such as Aquinas, Balthasar, Brandom, Davidson, Dooyeweerd, Gadamer, Habermas, Kierkegaard, Plantinga, Ricoeur, and Wolterstorff. Some essays attempt to provide a systematic account of truth, while others wrestle with the question of how truth is told and what it means to live truthfully. Contributors address debates between realists and anti-realists, explore issues surrounding relativism and constructivism in education and the social sciences, examine the politics of truth telling and the ethics of authenticity, and consider various religious perspectives on truth.

Most scholars agree that truth is propositional, being expressed in statements that are subject to proof or disproof. This book goes a step farther: yes, propositional truth is important, but truth is more than propositional. To recognize how it is more than propositional is crucial for understanding why truth truly matters.

Contributors include Doug Blomberg (ICS), Allyson Carr (ICS), Jeffrey Dudiak (King’s University College), Olaf Ellefson (York University), Gerrit Glas (VU University Amsterdam), Gill K. Goulding (Regis College), Jay Gupta (Mills College), Clarence Joldersma (Calvin College), Matthew J. Klaassen (ICS), John Jung Park (Duke University), Pamela J. Reeve (St. Augustine’s Seminary), Amy Richards (World Affairs Council of Western Michigan), Ronnie Shuker (ICS), Adam Smith (Brandeis University), John Van Rys (Redeemer University College), Darren Walhof (Grand Valley State University), Matthew Walhout (Calvin College), and Lambert Zuidervaart (ICS).