Church Fathers humanism

Faith of our Fathers is a new series from The Humanist Lens authored by Jens Zimmermann, Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture. The goal of the series is to emphasize the importance of understanding the church fathers for contemporary Christians of all stripes--especially when it comes to the difficult task of biblical interpretation. Enjoy! [...]

humanism religion

If the postmodern movement has taught us anything it is that facts about of cultural heritage, about our history, only have meaning within a larger story. While the same postmodern culture has conditioned us to view any universal, common notions with suspicion, there is no denying that deconstruction of detail alone cannot produce any sense [...]

In early May (May 1-3) of this year, an international group of Bonhoeffer scholars and interested graduate students will discuss the idea of Christian Humanism in Bonhoeffer's theology and in the works of the well-known American author Marilynne Robinson. Inevitably, Bonhoeffer's life and work evoke the Nazi era and the failure of an entire nation [...]

It is not accidental that the final section of Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method explicitly identifies the intimate relationship between the so-called “transcendentals”, being and truth, as a tragic loss in the modern age. As transcendentals, being and truth are the conditions of possibility for ancient and medieval metaphysics and epistemology, respectively. In a well-known [...]

Over the past couple of years I’ve been very grateful to participate in various events with the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C. Although the IHS does stand in a particular tradition of economic thought (they claim the label “classical liberal,” but use the term rather loosely), they organize what I think are some [...]

religion and neutrality

The following series is by Andre Costa, graduate student at Trinity Western University and contributor to The Humanist Lens. Andre's research has to do primarily with political, historical and philosophical problems in the contemporary liberal democratic state and its difficult relationship to Christian commitment. In this piece, he sketches Habermas' unique understanding of the secularization process.  Habermas has an ambiguous relationship to [...]

Jurgen Habermas

The following series is by Andre Costa, graduate student at Trinity Western University and contributor to The Humanist Lens. Andre's research has to do primarily with political, historical and philosophical problems in the contemporary liberal democratic state and its difficult relationship to Christian commitment. In this piece, he offers a critique of the political theory [...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Together with Kirsten Busch Nielsen (University of Copenhagen) and Ralf Wüstenberg (University of Flensburg, Germany), Jens Zimmermann is editing a new collection of essays taken from the the XI International Bonhoeffer Congress in Sigtuna, Sweden. The title of the volume will be To Fall Within the Spokes of the Wheel, a phrase Bonhoeffer used to describe his [...]

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