• Something We Don’t See: ICS and the Training of a Messianic Imagination

      Kuipers, Ronald; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2018-05-11)
    • Review of Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ, by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt.

      Sweetman, Robert; Institute for Christian Studies (University of Chicago. Divinity School.; University of Chicago. Federated Theological Faculty, 2016-10)
    • Christian Institutions Without Pillars

      Sweetman, Robert; Institute for Christian Studies (Christian Courier, 2016-04-25)
    • Remembrance That Limps: Remembering and Forgiving With Our Crooked Human Hearts

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (Cardus, 2015-12)
    • Meeting God: the Relay Race of Generations

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (Christian Courier, 2015-10-26)
    • Critical Transformations: Macrostructures, Religion, and Critique

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies and University of Toronto, Canada (SAGE Publications Ltd., 2013-11)
      Can critical research on religion offer both an ideology critique and a critical retrieval of religious import? This essay suggests that it can, offering a programmatic sketch for a full-fledged critique of religion—a critique both aimed at religion and inspired by religion in a self-critical fashion. The sketch weds elements of a robustly normative critique of Western society with insights derived from the Frankfurt School. First the essay maps three societal macrostructures that organize much of contemporary social life—civil society, proprietary economy, and administrative state. Then it discusses solidarity, resourcefulness, and justice as societal principles that can sustain a critique of societal macrostructures. Next it identifies normative deficiencies within and between these macrostructures. On the basis of this architectonic critique, the essay then provides an account of religion in its critical and utopian roles. It concludes by envisioning a normative and emancipatory transformation of society as a whole.
    • "The Heart Has Reasons That Reason Cannot Know": Thinking, Feeling, and Willing in Learning

      Blomberg, Doug; Institute for Christian Studies (Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and The Association of Christian Teachers, 2013)
    • Interview with Richard Kearney (Art Talks, October 13, 2012)

      Smick, Rebekah; Kearney, Richard; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2012-10-13)
    • Working Through the Trauma of Evil: An Interview With Richard Kearney

      Kuipers, Ronald A.; Institute for Christian Studies (Cascade Books, 2012)
      In this interview, the Irish philosopher Richard Kearney explores the human experience of evil and the role of the human imagination in responding to this evil. Kearney focuses on the healing steps people may take in order to "work through" traumatic experience, steps that include remembering, narrative retelling, and mourning. Such working through, he says, can turn melancholia to mourning, thus allowing those who have experienced suffering and loss to "give a future to their past" and, in so doing, to "go on."
    • On (Not) Obeying the Sabbath: Reading Jesus Reading Scripture

      Ansell, Nicholas; Institute for Christian Studies (Brill, 2011)
    • Christian Schooling: A Spiritual Act of Worship

      Blomberg, Doug; Institute for Christian Studies (Christian Educators Journal Association, 2010-02)
    • Earth’s Lament: Suffering, Hope, and Wisdom [Rev. version]

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (2009-01-27)
    • Unfinished Business: Toward a Reformational Conception of Truth

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies (Association for Reformational Philosophy, 2009)
      This essay presents an emerging conception of truth and shows how it appropriates Herman Dooyeweerd’s conception. First I compare my “critical hermeneutics” with other reformational models of critique. Then I propose to think of truth as a dynamic correlation between (1) human fidelity to societal principles and (2) a life-giving disclosure of society. This conception recontextualizes the notion of propositional truth, and it links questions of intersubjective validity with Dooyeweerd’s emphasis on “standing in the truth.” While abandoning his idea of transcendent truth, I seek to preserve the holism and normativity of Dooyeweerd’s radical conception.
    • After Dooyeweerd: Truth in Reformational Philosophy

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (2008-08)
      A transformed idea of truth is central to the project of reformational philosophy. This paper lays groundwork for such an idea by critically retrieving Herman Dooyeweerd’s conception of truth. Section 1 explicates relevant passages in A New Critique of Theoretical Thought. Section 2 demonstrates several problems in Dooyeweerd’s conception: he misconstrues religious truth, misconceives its relation to theoretical truth, and overlooks central questions of epistemology and truth theory. Section 3 proposes an alternative reformational conception of truth, in five stages. First I compare my “critical hermeneutics” with other reformational models of critique. Then I summarize my account of artistic truth and indicate its origins in reformational ontology. Next I sketch my general conception of truth and show how it responds to issues in Dooyeweerd’s conception. Then I take up the topics of objectivity and propositional truth. Finally I introduce the notion of “authentication” as a way to appropriate insights from Dooyeweerd’s emphasis on “standing in the Truth.” While abandoning his idea of transcendent truth, I seek to preserve the holism and normativity of Dooyeweerd’s radical conception.
    • Faith as the Art of the Possible: Invigorating Religious Tradition in an Amnesiac Society

      Kuipers, Ronald A.; Institute for Christian Studies (The Other Journal, 2008-03-31)
    • Stout's Democracy without Secularism: But is it a Tradition?

      Kuipers, Ronald A.; Institute for Christian Studies (Editions Rodopi, 2006-06)
      This article critiques Jeffrey Stout's suggestion in Democracy and Tradition that the practice of critical democratic questioning itself forms part of a historically unique secular tradition. While the practice of democratic questioning makes a valuable contribution to the project of fostering an "enlarged mentality" among the adherents of any particular tradition, Stout's contention that this practice itself points to the existence of a substantive tradition, one that stands apart from and is not reliant upon the moral sources of the traditions it engages, remains problematic.
    • Nisi Causa Utili et Necessaria: Catherine of Siena's Dominican Confessors and the Principles of a Licit Pastoral 'Irregularity'

      Sweetman, Robert; Goering, Joseph; Guardiani, Francesco; Silano, Giulio (LEGASNew York, 2006)
      The Dominican Order gradually evolved rules governing contact between a Dominican pastor and a woman penitent. In the context of these rules, the care given to Catherine of Siena as reported by Raymund of Capua and as confirmed in the letters of Catherine herself can only be termed irregular. The paper attempts to identify the principles underlying and legitimating pastoral irregularity.
    • Our Need to Lament: A Conversation Between Michael Card and Calvin Seerveld

      Card, Michael; Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (CRC Publications, 2004-09)