• 35 Years ICS

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (The author, 2002-11-15)
    • Aboard a Gull-Chased Ship

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (CRC Publications, 1986-04-28)
    • Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund: Survey of Thought

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (Oxford University Press, 1998)
    • Advent (Four Weeks)

      Sweetman, Robert; Carr, Allyson; Kuipers, Ronald A.; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2014)
    • 'Aesthetic Ideas' and the Role of Art in Kant's Ethical Hermeneutics

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Cloutier, Cécile; Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (Academic Printing and Publishing, 1984)
    • Aesthetics

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (Inter-Varsity Press, 1988)
    • 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.
    • Art, the Bible and

      Seerveld, Calvin; Vanhoozer, Kevin J.; Institute for Christian Studies (Baker Academic, a division of Baker PublishingGrand Rapids, Mich., 2005)
    • Artistic Truth, Linguistically Turned: Variations on a Theme From Adorno, Habermas, and Hart

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Kuipers, Ronald Alexander; Wesselius, Janet Catherina; Institute for Christian Studies (University Press of AmericaLanham, MD, 2002)
    • Babel, Pentecost, Glossalia and Philoxenia: No Language is Foreign to God

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (North American Christian Foreign Language Association, 2001)
    • Canonic Art: Pregnant Dilemmas in the Theory and Practice of Anton Raphael Mengs

      Seerveld, Calvin; Institute for Christian Studies (Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1984)
    • Christian Institutions Without Pillars

      Sweetman, Robert; Institute for Christian Studies (Christian Courier, 2016-04-25)
    • Christian Schooling: A Spiritual Act of Worship

      Blomberg, Doug; Institute for Christian Studies (Christian Educators Journal Association, 2010-02)
    • Contra-Diction: Adorno's Philosophy of Discourse

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Sills, Chip; Jensen, George H.; Institute for Christian Studies (Heinemann, Boyton/CookPortsmouth, N.H., 1992)
    • Creational Man / Eschatological Woman: a Future for Theology

      Ansell, Nicholas; Institute for Christian Studies (Institute for Christian Studies, 2006-05-26)
    • Critical Transformations: Macrostructures, Religion, and Critique

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies and University of Toronto, Canada (SAGE Publications Ltd., 2013-11)
      Can critical research on religion offer both an ideology critique and a critical retrieval of religious import? This essay suggests that it can, offering a programmatic sketch for a full-fledged critique of religion—a critique both aimed at religion and inspired by religion in a self-critical fashion. The sketch weds elements of a robustly normative critique of Western society with insights derived from the Frankfurt School. First the essay maps three societal macrostructures that organize much of contemporary social life—civil society, proprietary economy, and administrative state. Then it discusses solidarity, resourcefulness, and justice as societal principles that can sustain a critique of societal macrostructures. Next it identifies normative deficiencies within and between these macrostructures. On the basis of this architectonic critique, the essay then provides an account of religion in its critical and utopian roles. It concludes by envisioning a normative and emancipatory transformation of society as a whole.
    • Cross-Pressured Authenticity: Charles Taylor on the Contemporary Challenges to Religious Identity in a Secular Age

      Kuipers, Ronald A.; Institute for Christian Studies (Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, 2016)
    • Cultural Paths and Aesthetic Signs: A Critical Hermeneutics of Aesthetic Validity

      Zuidervaart, Lambert; Institute for Christian Studies (Sage Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi), 2003)
      Contemporary philosophical stances toward ‘artistic truth’ derive from Kant’s aesthetics. Whereas philosophers who share Kant’s emphasis on aesthetic validity discount art’s capacity for truth, philosophers who share Hegel’s critique of Kant render artistic truth inaccessible. This essay proposes a critical hermeneutic account of aesthetic validity that supports a non-esoteric notion of artistic truth. Using Gadamer and Adorno to read Kant through Hegelian eyes, I reconstruct the aesthetic dimension from three polarities in modern Western societies. Then I describe aesthetic validity as an horizon of imaginative cogency governing the exploration, presentation and creative interpretation of aesthetic signs. The essay argues that aesthetic processes, so construed, are crucial to cultural pathfinding, and that aesthetic validity-claims in art talk contribute significantly to this pursuit. Aesthetic validity, cultural orientation and art talk constitute the hermeneutical matrix from which questions of artistic truth emerge.
    • The Development of Curriculum With Relation to the Philosophy of the Cosmonomic Idea

      Blomberg, D. G.; University of Sydney (1978)
      This thesis is concerned primarily with the philosophical foundations, and particularly the epistemological foundations, of a Christian approach to the school curriculum: we will construct a theoretical model of knowledge which may fruitfully inform the selection of goals and the establishment of criteria for the obedient progress of Christian education.
    • A Different Tenor: Songs of Love and Sorrow--Re-Engaging the Social Ethics of Music

      Smick, Rebekah; Zuidervaart, Lambert; Toronto School of Theology; Royal Conservatory of Music; Institute for Christian Studies (University of Toronto Press, 2011)
      The question of how music relates to our existence as ethical beings has not always elicited the same response. For much of the twentieth century, the relation between music and ethics was addressed from the angle of music's autonomy. Music was fenced off from society so that it might better fulfill its own internal demands. Thus, in answer to the question whether music has, or should have, an ethical dimension, the predominating philosophical answer of the twentieth century was solidly negative. The article that follows, a response to this negative point of view, reproduces a panel discussion that took place in April 2010 during a conference entitled "Songs of Love and Sorrow: Re-Engaging the Social Ethics of Music." Co-organized by the Institute for Christian Studies, the Toronto School of Theology, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, the conference attempted to bring to the musical arts a concern to re-evaluate the social significance of artistic experience and practice. Though not argued like an essay, the article highlights significant themes about the relationship of music to ethics, including the innately social character of music, its possible effect on our behaviour, the potential social content of sound itself, the positive social effect of music's ambiguity, the need to break down the barriers between music practitioners and interpreters, the role communities might play in sponsoring the work of musicians, and the possible compatibility between music's formal requirements and its potential for social engagement.