Monthly Archives: September 2011
Robert Joustra  |  September 30, 2011  |  Journalism, Labour, Media

So asks Russell Smith in yesterday’s Globe and Mail. What begins as a justified rant against the Huffington Post‘s abusing free talent for corporate profit (to the tune of $315 million) ends in a mystified intergenerational musing on the abuse young, creative writers seem willing to take. His main complaint: young writers are too eager to publish for free. They are buying into the myth … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  September 29, 2011  |  Industrial Relations, Institutions, Politics

Cardus does research on all kinds of things: the contribution of churches to the vitality of cities, the importance of charitable giving for society, outcomes of education, as well as work and economics. What’s the point of all this research? Why do we do it? It’s a valid question, and it comes specifically to my mind after a phone call I received last week. We … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  September 28, 2011  |  Institutions, Politics

There was a day when belonging to a political party meant something. It was a way of expressing, however vaguely, something of what you aspired for your country, what the good life was like. These days the life is being squeezed out of the party. The point of this post is not to nostalgically lament for days when political parties were the epitome of philosophical … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  September 27, 2011  |  Justice, Literature, Religion

An American novelist I know found himself front-page news in the city where he lives last week because of parental complaints about the language in one of his books. The work, which has been on a recommended reading list in the city’s public school system for some time, belatedly drew the ire of a couple who protested that the frequent swearing and vulgarity of certain … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  September 26, 2011  |  Justice, Philosophy

Last Wednesday Scott Cairns published an important reflection on Why I am Against Justice. Scott Cairns is a wonderful writer, professor of English and co-director of a writing program. What he is not is a political theorist. His general complaint is that calls for justice in the public arena tend to be punitive, uncompassionate, and judgmental. In short, calls for justice from people of faith … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  September 23, 2011  |  Foreign Policy, Justice, Philosophy, Politics

Tyndale University College in Toronto cancelled an appearance by President George W. Bush short weeks ago, around the time of the tenth anniversary of September 11. The sentiment of Tyndale supporters echoed the calls south of the border on that anniversary: words of criminality, war, and aggression; of misrepresentation, lies, and human rights scandals. Of grief turned into revenge, turned into imperial overstretch and collapse. … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  September 22, 2011  |  Globalization, Religion

Business is booming in Brazil. So is Christianity. What does the latter mean for the former, and vice-versa? The former statement has become commonplace in discussions about the world’s economy. While the U.S. and Europe begin to experience the full weight of fiscal irresponsibility, and their national limbs strain to hold up the ever-increasing weight of debt, Brazil has sprung out of the global recession … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  September 21, 2011  |  Politics

The task of keeping the torch of Canada’s most dominant political dynasty aflame has suddenly become considerably more daunting. Either Gary Mar, Alison Redford, or Doug Horner—a trio of unabashed “progressives”—will be chosen by those with Progressive Conservative memberships on Oct. 1 to replace Ed Stelmach as Alberta’s premier. Pundits are portraying this as a dream outcome for those on the centre-right who have moved … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  September 20, 2011  |  Arts, Literature

In a book released this month, Quebec writer Dany Laferrière crafts a perfect image from his Haitian childhood to convey his relationship to books. “I went to school with my sister. Together we formed a strange procession. People turned to stare as we went by. I kept my left hand on her right shoulder, and I held the book I was reading in my other … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  September 19, 2011  |  Culture, Discipline, Institutions, Leadership, Vocation

As I mentioned last week, my students and I have been pondering the different ways Christians across time and space have viewed culture and their place in it. On Monday we tied it up by talking about the “Christ Transforming Culture” framework, in which we see culture as a fallen but redeemable thing, and so we work faithfully in our own vocations to join in … MORE »