• Turning Memory into Prophecy: Roberto Unger and Paul Ricoeur on the Human Condition Between Past and Future

      Kuipers, Ronald A.; Institute for Christian Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
    • Christian Schooling: A Spiritual Act of Worship

      Blomberg, Doug; Institute for Christian Studies (Christian Educators Journal Association, 2010-02)
    • Religion in Public: Passages From Hegel's Philosophy of Right

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (University of Toronto, 2010)
      This article argues that religion is a public matter. The discussion proceeds in two stages. First I give a normative account of religion, the state, and their dialectical relationship. After proposing a new account of "religious truth," I suggest that religion has both critical and utopian roles toward the state. Then the essay examines the political and economic roles of religion in civil society, where religion both incubates civil-societal organizations and disturbs civil-societal patterns. I conclude that religious truth, properly understood, is not incompatible with democratic communication. Contra Richard Rorty, religion is not a "conversation-stopper."
    • 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.
    • Review of Adorno: the Recovery of Experience, by Roger Foster

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (Philosophy Education Society, Inc., 2008-12)
    • Thinking Deeply About Our Faith

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (CRC Publications, 2008-11)
    • 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)
    • Dooyeweerd's Conception of Truth: Exposition and Critique

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (Association for Reformational Philosophy, 2008)
      A transformed idea of truth is central to the project of reformational philosophy. This essay lays groundwork for such an idea by proposing a critical retrieval of Herman Dooyeweerd's conception of truth. First it summarizes relevant passages in Dooyeweerd's New Critique. Then it demonstrates several problems in his conception: he misconstrues religious truth, misconceives its relation to theoretical truth, and overlooks central questions of epistemology and truth theory. By addressing these problems, reformational philosophers can find new ways to think about truth that retain the holism, normativity, and radicalness of Dooyeweerd’s conception.
    • Exempla and the Promotion of Religious Identity: Gerard of Frachet's Vitae Fratrum

      Sweetman, Robert; Goering, Joseph; Guardiani, Francesco; Silano, Giulio; Institute for Christian Studies (LEGASNew York, 2008)
      This paper will examine the pedagogy of the exemplary vignette as a means of "mass" identity formation within the Dominican Order and among its far flung support­ers. In the process, I make the case that Cistercian Conrad of Eberbach's earlier Exor­dium Magnum provided a model for a Dominican "memory" and the identity that shared memory was to ensure.
    • 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.
    • Making the Most of College: Studying Ourselves to Life or to Death?

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (Work Research Foundation, 2006-06)
    • Creational Man / Eschatological Woman: a Future for Theology

      Ansell, Nicholas; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2006-05-26)
    • 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.
    • Haunting Conceptual Boundaries: Miracles in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas

      Sweetman, Robert; Goering, Joseph; Guardiani, Francesco; Silano, Giulio; Institute for Christian Studies (LEGASNew York, 2005)
      Thomas understands our creaturely being under two contiguous categories: nature and grace, or the natural and the supernatural. In this two-fold understanding of the creaturely whole, miracle names a reality that haunts the boundary between. Is the result seamless harmony? Or seismic activity?
    • Art, the Bible and

      Seerveld, Calvin; Vanhoozer, Kevin J.; Institute for Christian Studies (Baker Academic, a division of Baker PublishingGrand Rapids, Mich., 2005)
    • Good Cities or Cities for the Good? Radical Augustinians, Societal Structures, and Normative Critique

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Smith, James K. A.; Olthuis, James H.; Institute for Christian Studies (Baker Academic, a division of Baker PublishingGrand Rapids, Mich., 2005)
    • Our Need to Lament: A Conversation Between Michael Card and Calvin Seerveld

      Card, Michael; Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (CRC Publications, 2004-09)
    • The Great Turning Point: Religion and Rationality in Dooyeweerd's Transcendental Critique

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (Society of Christian Philosophers, 2004-01)
      Hugo Meynell objects to the apparent fideism and anti-foundationalism of Herman Dooyeweerd's philosophy. In response, my essay explicates the historical setting and logical structure to Dooyeweerd's "transcendental critique of theoretical thought." His transcendental critique seeks to uncover the "religious root" of philosophy and of other academic disciplines. Given Dooyeweerd's notion of religion and his account of theoretical thought, I show that Meynell's criticisms are misplaced. Yet they point toward fundamental problems in Dooyeweerd's transcendental critique. Some problems pertain to the logic of Dooyeweerd’s argument, and others to his notion of religion. I explain these problems and indicate how they should be addressed.