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Yearly Archives: 2013

We’ve put together a list of the blog posts we published this year that we wouldn’t want anyone to miss. For part one, click here. 5. In August, Cardus senior fellow John Seel took a look at beauty and the arts. Beauty opens doors of the mind and compels a response in ways that truth and goodness do not. It’s a salve to the skeptic. … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  December 30, 2013  |  Arts, Cities, Cultural Renewal, Economy, Politics

As a holiday treat, we’ve put together a list of some of our most popular blog posts from this year. Enjoy! 10. In February, Peter Stockland interviewed Anne Leahy, Canada’s former ambassador to the Holy See, about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. “I’m sure that Benedict saw the need for a renewal in the internal governance of the Church,” she said. “When the pope resigns, it … MORE »

“How and where ideas have consequence is as much a matter of who uses them, as what they say.” —Michael Van Pelt and Robert Joustra, in Comment (2008) Sure, sure. Cardus believes cities can be much better than they are now. We believe a more cooperative labour environment would seriously raise the dignity and fairness of our workplaces. We think private education is good for … MORE »

If you haven’t been paying attention, I understand. Everybody wants your attention nowadays, and all of us face a thousand experts shouting a thousand opinions. So I’m grateful you’re here, following Cardus. And I’m very pleased to offer my own highlights of Cardus’s year, as the grateful president of this enthusiastic young outfit. I won’t try to be comprehensive—that’s what our yearbook is for. Rather, … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  December 23, 2013  |  Film, Religion

Did you know there are over 35 adjectives in English just to describe light? It can be coruscating or crepuscular, glistening or glaring, prismatic or penumbral. Oddly enough, though, light itself is not something we see; we see its reflections and refractions, we see through it to the objects it illuminates. Yet the ineluctable modality of the visual depends upon such paradox. There is something … MORE »

John Sikkema  |  December 20, 2013  |  Elites, Institutions, Justice, Law, Religion

This country is to have a new law school—one unlike any other existing accredited Canadian legal institution: On Wednesday, British Columbia’s Minister for Advanced Education, Amrik Virk, announced that his department would follow the advice of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, and approve the creation of a law school by Trinity Western University (TWU), an overtly Christian institution that requires all students, staff … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  December 19, 2013  |  Loves

I joked recently that I plan to spend Christmas Day lolling in a living room hammock gloating at TV news clips of people stuck in airports around the world. For the first time in what seems like forever there are no travel plans for us this year. Our son and daughter-in-law are in Paris. Our parents are in Heaven (where I am sure my mother … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  December 18, 2013  |  Cultural Renewal, Philosophy, Religion

A think tank that works from 2,000 years of Christian social thought spends most of its time on theoretical concepts. Corporately, we try to apply justice, responsibility, freedom, dignity, and community to the issues of today. The good news is, we stand on the shoulders of giants. There is much to be learned from the Christian social theorists who have gone before us. They’ve not … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  December 17, 2013  |  Arts

Christmas in Palestine looked nothing—nothing—like the way we picture Christmas today. There was no snow, there were no jingle bells, no jolly fat men, and definitely no turkey. And it’s likely that, in a town where hordes were coming in to register with the empire, the night was not silent. Our picture of Christmas is shaped, in large part, from the transference of imagery from … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  December 13, 2013  |  Arts, Literature

There is something satisfying about a page of text marked up in a sea of red—of course it helps when you’re on the right side of it. I’ve been on the giving and the receiving end of vicious necessary edits, but editing is a real part of the writing process that many who pick up a newspaper, peruse a novel, or even read this blog … MORE »