Category Archives: Klassen

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Book Launch: The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision

You are invited to attend the launch of Norm Klassen’s book “The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves” on Friday, March 24th at 7:00pm at the Newman Centre Guelph, 325 Gordon Street, Guelph, with … Continue reading

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Harari on Big Data and the Gap between Homo and Deus

In late August, just ahead of the publication of his book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,Yuval Noah Harari wrote an article-length précis of his ideas. One can find it here.

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A Reflection on the Canticle of Zechariah

The following is a reflection on the Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 2:68–79), which one says as part of Morning Prayer. The meditation proceeds line by line, and usually phrase by phrase. It is based on the Latin, which I wanted … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Pious Idea

Conor Cunningham, Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. xx + 543. Reviewed by Norm Klassen. Introduction This is an important book. It models a Christian engagement of biology that thoroughly … Continue reading

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Five Smooth Stones: Towards a mystical theology of nature and grace

Introduction: The transformation of stones In the past few postings, I have been approaching the theology of nature and grace through Anglicans: John Milbank first, who explicitly outlines contemporary theology’s indebtedness to Catholicism; then Rowan Williams, a wonderful expositor of … Continue reading

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