• On the Problem of Common Ground: Van Til, Dooyeweerd and Thomas Kuhn

      Hart, Hendrik; Lee, Joongjae; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2001)
    • Operationalizing and Quantification: Some Methodological Problems in Recent Social Science

      Zylstra, Bernard; Marshall, Paul A.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1980-06)
    • Owen Barfield's Aesthetics: Worldview and Poetic Consciousness

      Seerveld, Calvin; Davies, Lloyd; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1986-06)
    • Paul Tillich: His Anthropology As Key To The Structure Of His Thought

      Olthuis, James H.; Tollefson, Terry Ray; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1977-05)
    • Peter L. Berger's Theory of Sociology of Knowledge and Its Implications for His Understanding of Third World Society

      Marshall, Paul A.; Saher, Iskandar Kisman; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1992-10)
    • Philosophical Anthropology: An Interpretive Analysis of Paul Ricoeur's Philosophy of Will

      Olthuis, James H.; Venema, Henry I.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1986)
    • Photography, Science, Art

      Seerveld, Calvin; Robertson, Hamish; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1998)
    • Phronesis, Tradition, Logos and Context: a Reading of Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics

      Olthuis, James H.; Friesen, Henry; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2000-07)
    • Political Tolerance Of "Religious" Differences: An Exposition and Critique of the Lockean Theory, With An Alternative Approach

      Marshall, Paul A.; Duim, Gary; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1986-08)
    • The Politics of Jesus and the Power of Creation

      Ansell, Nicholas John; Parler, Branson L.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2005)
      This study examines the theology and social ethics of John Howard Yoder with a view toward how creation and redemption are related in his theology. The first chapter examines Yoder's aversion to certain construals of creation and argues that he is not inherently hostile to creation as such, but is cautious with respect to the possible abuse of creation as a theological and ethical category. The second chapter evaluates the nature of the state in Yoder's theology, examines his view of the Powers in this context, and argues that his view of redemption can be seen as a restoration of an eschatologically open creation. The third chapter compares Yoder's theology and social ethics with those of J. Richard Middleton, arguing that there may be a potential for interconnection between Yoder's Anabaptistic focus on the politics of Jesus and Middleton's Reformational emphasis upon the goodness of the power of creation seen in the imago Dei of Genesis I.
    • Popper, Darwinism and Third World Evolutionary Epistemology: an Exposition and Critique

      Wolters, Albert M.; Roques, Mark Seymour; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1986)
    • The problem of evil in David Griffin's process theology

      Olthuis, James H.; Shahinian, Gary Richard; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1984-09)
    • Pumping Intuitions and Making Practice Different: Richard Rorty's 'Intuitive' Account of Reference and Truth

      Kuipers, Ronald A.; Euverman, Ryan M.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2010)
      This thesis explores and makes explicit various aspects of Richard Rorty's rhetorical program for shifting our traditional conceptions of reference and truth. Rorty wants to persuade us to adopt verification (coping) semantics in place of correspondence seeking semantics. I argue against his intuition pumps by considering Keith Donnellan's remarks on description and reference and argue for a view of correspondence truth that is based on what the object, whatever the object, permits us to say. Making this point allows us to see a purposeful conflation in Rorty's work. If beliefs are true because they are justified, Rorty's fallibilistic remark that any of our beliefs may not be true (in the cautionary sense) would follow. But truths may pay because they follow (as "attributive representations") from 'unblocked' objects, or they may just pay. Thus, I suggest that Donnellan preserves William James' remark that we desire correspondence truth, an everyday explanatory notion.
    • The Quest for Rational Agreement: a Critical Assessment of Alasdair MacIntyre's Attempt to Overcome Relativism

      Chaplin, Jonathan; Gassanov, Samir; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2003-02)
    • Re-Rooting the Gospel in the Philippines: Roman Catholic and Evangelical Approaches to Contextualization

      Vandervelde, George; Gener, Timoteo D.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1998-11)
    • Reading The Brothers Karamazov in Burundi

      Ansell, Nicholas John; Atfield, Tom; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2005-10)
      In 1999, aged eighteen, I read 'The Brothers Karamazov' by Dostoevsky. I read this novel in Burundi, where I witnessed the suffering of others. The country's basic problem was civil war, which is best described in this terse note: "Rwanda, the sequel. Same story, different location. Nobody cares." The well-publicised problems in Rwanda in 1994 didn't end, they went next-door. The only thing separating the problems of those two countries was the most heavily landmined stretch of road on the planet. It was on this road, which was littered with the remains of vehicles and people, that I experienced the immediacy of 'the problem of evil'.I had hoped that the book I held in my hands on those lifetime-long hours on the road would resonate with my experience. Ivan Karamazov's accusation of the God who creates a world of atrocities seemed fuelled by an unflinching look at senseless, disteleological suffering. I had hoped that Ivan, with his face turned against God, could countenance the horror I saw. Karamazov's stance has been seen as the antithesis of theodicy, which is the attempt to reconcile faith in God with the existence of evil. This antithesis seems to overcome the distance between the experience of real suffering and the account of that suffering given by academic theodicy. Ultimately, however, that distance remains. Dostoevsky's protagonist in his railing against God connects no more with the victims in this world than a writer of theodicy does with her defence of God.
    • Reflections On the Nature and Method of Theology at the University of Leyden Before the Synod of Dordt

      Olthuis, James H.; Sinnema, Donald; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1975)
    • Religion and Democracy: an Institutional Response to Robert Audi

      Chaplin, Jonathan; Dam, Ken; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2006)
      This thesis will enter into the discussion about the relationship between religion and politics to examine the proposals made by Robert Audi attempting to resolve perceived incompatible and incongruous tensions arising from politically active religion. Utilizing the work of Paul Weithman, Christopher Eberle, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Jeffrey Stout, and others, this essay examines Audi's epistemological and empirical arguments for justifying restraints upon religiously-based political advocacy. Contesting the viability of Audi's notion of a "secular reason," and his generalization that religiously-based political advocacy threatens the health and strength of a free and democratic society, I conclude that the types of restraints being put forward by Audi will likely hinder rather than help bring about more healthy and just societies. Nonetheless, Audi has helped identify a key lacuna within the arguments of those advocating the legitimacy of religiously-based and religiously motivated political advocacy and action. As such, this essay aims to provide a 'complementary' approach - one which works to clarify and situate concerns expressed by Audi regarding unrestrained religiously-based political advocacy and those of his critics desiring a more religiously-inclusive public political sphere.Ascribing to the political community the task of discerning the common good or some variant thereof (Audi speaks briefly of "political justice"; this essay proposes "public justice") is widespread within the academic literature. Few theorists, however, have allowed substantive reflection on what the political common good entails to significantly shape their considerations of and proposals regarding democratic legitimacy, appropriate restraints and guidelines for public-political dialogue, and ideals of citizenship. To that end, the thrust of the complementary approach will involve grounding and framing a religiously inclusive conception of the public-political sphere within what is being called the "institutional imperative" of the political community to pursue "public justice." Part and parcel of this institutional grounding involves re-examining concerns for civic respect, restraint, and dialogue in light of the guiding institutional norm of "public justice."
    • Renegotiating Body Boundaries at the Dawn of a New Millenium

      Olthuis, James H.; Kerkham, Ruth H.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 1998-08)
    • Rhetoric More Geometrico in Proclus' Elements of Theology and Boethius' De Hebdomadibus

      Sweetman, Robert; Bovell, Carlos R.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2007-11)
      My thesis inquires into the reasons behind Proclus' and Boethius' adaptation of discussion more geometrico in their metaphysical works, Elements of Theology and De Hebdomadibus, respectively. My argument is that each philosopher is engaged in a spiritual exercise to the effect that each sought, in his own way, to predispose readers to the anagogical acceptance of profound matters of faith.