Friday, 5 February 2016
Saturday, 30 January 2016
Michael F. Heyns & Renato Coletto. Reconciling science and faith: dialogues with Anton Van Niekerk.
Danie Strauss. Intelligent Design – A Descendant of Vitalism?
Albert Weideman. Autoethnography and the presentation of belief in scholarly work.
as well as my book review of Friesen's Neo-Calvinism and Christian Theosophy:Franz Baader, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd.
Friday, 29 January 2016
- a biographic slide show
- a full bibliography of works on and about Kuyper
- links to works online by Kuyper
- an illustrative timeline
- two video clips of the man and of his funeral
- links to other web resources on Kuyper
- and more ...
Do let me know if there is anything out there I've missed.
The latest edition of Transformation has two papers looking at Kuyper and Dooyeweerd:
Thomas Harvey. 2016. Sphere Sovereignty, Civil Society and the Pursuit of Holistic Transformation in Asia. Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 33: 50-64, doi:10.1177/0265378815595246
Timothy Keene. 2016. Kuyper and Dooyeweerd: Sphere Sovereignty and Modal Aspects. Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 33: 65-79, doi:10.1177/0265378815625441
Brian Collins over at Exegesis and Theology has a brief review of Bratt's Abraham Kuyper.
James Bratt takes a brief relook at Kuyper's most famous quote over at The Twelve:
To recapitulate briefly: “every square inch” can be taken as our claim of possession—worse, of entitlement—as if all the earth belongs to us good Christians. In fact, Kuyper said, it belongs to Christ, a different proposition altogether. Plus, the philosophically informed physicist in the room this week pointed out that Kuyper’s original statement exercises a double negative which springs from a particular stream of continental thought and which is essential to its meaning: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
My own pet peeve is that this quotation typically comes without a hint of Kuyper’s strategic thinking, or—far worse—of Jesus’ own directives on the matter. In the first instance, “every square inch” can be taken to rubber-stamp whatever I want to do; after all, it’s all God’s work, and if it fits my ambition and salary demands, all the better. As to the second, here’s how Jesus dispatched his disciples into square-inch land: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Finally, from Kuyper’s own angle, we should rehearse another word he uttered in the same speech in which the square-inch statement appears, so as to take due recognition of who occupies our brave new world: “It cannot be said often enough: money creates power for the one who gives over the one who receives.” American politics anyone?
In short, we cannot capture Kuyper in just one quotation, even if it’s his most famous.
Monday, 18 January 2016
SATURDAY 9TH APRIL 2016
WYSOCS relaunch and a fundraising dinnerWYSOCS is changing... We're delighted to invite you to join us on Saturday 9th April 2016, at the Jubilee Centre in Bradford, for a free relaunch and fundraising dinner. We'll have tapas and sangria (plus desserts), some amazing live music, and we'll share with you our exciting vision for the future of WYSOCS - with an opportunity to support our work through regular monthly giving.
Venue: The Jubilee Centre, Bradford
Dates: Saturday 9th April 2016
Time: 19.00 for 19.30-21.30
Booking: Please reserve your free place online or contact us for more information.
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
FRIDAY 29TH JANUARY 2016
Surveillance, Snowden and See-Through Lives
Surveillance is much-discussed in the news media, especially after Edward Snowden's disclosures and following each new terrorist attack.
Snowden's disclosures suggest surveillance is carried out beyond ethics and law. Terrorist attacks prompt calls for intensified surveillance.
How do we assess surveillance today? What difference does Christian commitment make? And how do we act appropriately in our daily lives?
Come and explore one of the defining issues of today with one of its leading thinkers.
David Lyon is a Professor of Sciology and Law, and Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada.
A founder member of WYSOCS, David has spent over 30 years studying surveillance, privacy, information, ID and social sorting. He now lives and works in Canada.
- Download the Surveillance, Snowden and See-Through Lives flier (PDF, 3.18Mb)
- Visit the Surveillance, Snowden and See-Through Lives event on Facebook
Venue: Outwood House, Outwood Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4HR
Dates: Friday 29th January 2016
Cost: £8 per person (£5 for students/couples)