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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Alissa Wilkinson  |  October 31, 2011  |  Loves, Vocation

For the past week or so, my students and I have been discussing the “humans as lovers” philosophical anthropology (using James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom as our guide). The class has focused mainly on how cultures develop and change, and this last piece helps us think about why they develop and change in certain ways. As we discussed, we make cultural artifacts (like objects … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  October 28, 2011  |  Economy, Leadership, Politics

In the decades to come, taxes in most developed countries will go up and services will go down. This is the hard logic of years of overspending, coupled with economic recession and crippling personal and corporate debt. So far the cuts in countries like America and Canada are modest, and the tax burden has shifted very little, if in the wrong direction. What and where … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  October 27, 2011  |  Cities, Health, Legacy, Parenting

In four days streets across the continent will be covered with little people, running around in the great communal and sugar-fuelled pantomime that we call Hallowe’en. Kids who would otherwise be brushing their teeth and preparing for bed will instead be released to ask complete strangers to give them confections. Bad for the teeth, good for those with shares in Cadbury, right? It might even … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  October 26, 2011  |  Culture, Justice, Loves, Politics

Lawrence Martin’s recent Globe and Mail column talked about the change of the Canadian brand under the Conservative government, labelling it a voter-approved changed “from a country of Ken Dryden values to one closer to those of Don Cherry.” I’ll grant him his basic premise: the Canadian brand is changing. The Pan-Canadian consensus—that set of values the media brands as mainstream—is declining. Arguably, we used … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 25, 2011  |  Economy, Justice

Two citations provide a wonderful historical frame for the Occupy Wall Street movement, now well into its second month. 1) “The conditions which surround us best justify our co-operation; we meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box. The people are demoralized, public opinion silenced, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  October 24, 2011  |  Culture

I (understandably) spend a great deal of time in the New York subways. The truth about subways is that you stop hearing the announcements after a while. I moved here a month before the bombings in the London Tube in 2005, and after that the announcements started: “Packages and other large containers are subject to random search by the police.” I couldn’t tell you the … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  October 21, 2011  |  Culture, Elites, Institutions, Justice, Politics

It seems a bit narcisstic to offer correction and commentary on something I’ve written, but a surprising number of people would probably find it cathartic to know I’ve given further corrective thought to my post of last week. Perhaps, if only, I can reassure my left-leaning friends that I have not drowned in the Conservative kool-aid (it tastes like expensive scotch, by the way). First, … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  October 20, 2011  |  Culture, Journalism, Religion

The New York Times published an article this week opining on the evangelical rejection of reason. The article, written by Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens, covers much of the ground previously covered by Mark Noll in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. The charges are familiar to many in the evangelical world: evangelicals reject science and are marked by “simplistic theology, cultural isolationism, and stubborn … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  October 19, 2011  |  Politics, Religion

Anita Perry’s outburst last week that her husband, an outspoken evangelical running for the Republican Presidential nomination, was being “brutalized” by his political opponents “because of his faith” is a bit difficult to make sense of. Governor Perry is reported to have entered the race at urging of his wife who had a clear sense of God’s calling for her husband. Faith convictions and affiliations … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  October 18, 2011  |  Death, Justice

She was waiting at the corner of Sanguinet as my wife and I drove along Ontario early on a Sunday morning in downtown Montreal. We had the green light but she, pushing a stroller and with a toddler by the hand, casually started strolling across the street against the red. There was no time to do anything but lean on the horn to make sure … MORE »