Liberal Evasiveness

The Ideas program featuring Jonathan Haidt (on which I commented in a previous post, and to which Haidt has responded) has attracted some attention at work. An administrator has distanced himself from Haidt with an article with the headline, “When your next college free speech controversy erupts, don’t blame liberals.” The piece, which appears in the Washington Post, positions liberalism between conservatism and the “radical left.” Like Haidt’s, this position (or rhetorical strategy) also needs to be understood. It too is problematic: it would deflect attention away from liberalism’s own shortcomings. Continue reading

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Monochromatic Heterodoxy

On CBC’s Ideas program recently (Friday 8 September), Paul Kennedy interviewed Jonathan Haidt to discuss Haidt’s views on the contemporary university. The program, “The Politics of the Professoriat: Political Diversity on Campus,” can be found here. In the words of the summary on the Ideas webpage, “Haidt describes the monochromatic ideology that permeates many social science departments on North American university campuses.” There is a great deal to admire about Haidt’s presentation. His clear description of the present state of affairs is at once courageous and chilling. It needs to be heard. Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor and the City

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, October 13th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Flannery O’Connor and the City” by Rodney Howsare from the Winter 2016 (Volume 43.4) issue of Communio entitled The City. Continue reading

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Jane Jacobs: ‘Who Is This Crazy Dame?’

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, September 8th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Jane Jacobs: ‘Who Is This Crazy Dame?’” by Nicholas J. Healy Sr. from the Winter 2016 (Volume 43.4) issue of Communio entitled The City. Continue reading

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City Stories of Nature and Grace

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, August 11th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “City Stories of Nature and Grace: An Urban Pilgrim’s Progress” by Philip Bess from the Winter 2016 (Volume 43.4) issue of Communio entitled The City. Continue reading

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Institutional Inversion – Fermented Thoughts Event

Ivan Illich’s Institutional Vision and Its Misunderstandings
Often misunderstood as being crassly anti-institutional, Illich in fact saw possibility in turning institutions inside-out and flipping them upside-down. Join David Cayley from CBC Radio’s IDEAS (now retired) for a presentation and discussion about Ivan Illich’s thinking on institutions and their contemporary relevance.
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Type: Talks and Discussions
Contact Info: Isaiah – waterlooschool@theworkingcentre.org; (519) 743-1151 x 175
Location: Fresh Ground, 256 King St. E, Kitchener, Ontario
For more information, click here.

 

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The Mystery of the Liturgical Year

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, July 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Mystery of the Liturgical Year: The Easter Liturgy” by Louis Bouyer from the Fall 2016 (Volume 43.3) issue of Communio entitled Time. Continue reading

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The George Grant Reader

George Grant as a Philosopher of Fittedness for the Contemporary Canadian Situation or Overcoming Our Self-Incurred Immaturity

In the autumn of 2016, the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton spent a study day on George Grant’s book English-Speaking Justice. In this follow-up piece, I’m going to outline one or two of Grant’s themes as they emerge in The George Grant Reader.[1] There was certainly a note of contemporary relevance in the discussion the group had on that September Saturday. As events unfolded in American and global politics later last fall, and continue to do so, Grant presents a challenge specifically to Canadians: not only to embrace a path different from that of their neighbours to the south, but also to think carefully about the content of that difference. Continue reading

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Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ

I’ve just finished Aaron Riches’ book Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016). All Christians should revisit the Church councils now and again to be reminded of how we’ve been formed over time. As Riches takes pains to point out, the careful work of a robust Christology remains relevant to the contemporary Church, both as a challenge and as a resource. Continue reading

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A Reflection on the Canticle of Mary

This reflection is meant as a companion piece to one I wrote earlier on the Canticle of Zechariah. Reflection on the Canticle of Mary actually ought to precede that on the Canticle of Zechariah. The day, after all, begins with the vigil of the night before. Fair enough, but I’m glad I began as I did. I didn’t really worry that I was treading on well-known terrain. But who can say the words “Magnificat anima mea Dominum,” or even simply “Magnificat…,” without a sense of trespassing where countless others, not only with words, but also with images and music, have trod? It’s too late for such trepidations now! As with the Canticle of Zechariah, the meditation is conditioned by the process of memorizing the song in the Latin. Continue reading

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