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The purpose of this entire website is to promote a more wholistic version of the Christian Gospel. Though for some specific reasons, some items on this website may not focus on that, it does hold true for most.

When I refer to a “more wholistic version,” I am speaking of a Gospel that is not reduced to church and the private area of life, but that touches every area of life or, as in the expression made so famous by Abraham Kuyper, a Gospel that affects every square inch of this creation. Put in metric terms, every square metre!

This is an interpretation of the Gospel and of its resultant wholistic religion, a full-orbed Christianity, that secularism resists. The latter has inherited the tradition of Scholasticism that separates life and religion and leaves only a small part of life for religion, while the rest of life is secular. That secular arrangement has been described as dualism, in which there are two different sources of truth and two different truths. Historically, the one source of truth and its resultant truth, respectively reason and the empirical have largely pushed out the spiritual source of religion – only in the minds or thinking of people, I should hasten to add, not in reality.

A long line of scholars starting with John Calvin or possibly even further back, have developed resistance to that narrow secular interpretation of Christianity and, in fact, the narrow religion in general that secularism promotes. Names that come to mind first of all are Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Herman Dooyeweerd, H. Even Runner, Hendrik Hart, along with an international raft of educational, political and other social institutions.

It is not only secularism that defines religion in such a narrow restrictive way. Islam does as well, except for itself. Islam, especially where it is the majority religion, insists that it is a whole way of life, but refuses to recognize the same for its minority counterpart religions. Like secularism, it insists that Christians restrict the practice of their religion to church and to the sphere of the private.

Like everyone else’s, my range of expertise is limited. I cannot possibly explain what such a wide-orbed perspective would mean for the various academic disciplines or the various segments of culture. So, while the other pages are largely my own expressions and attempts along this line, this page allows experts in other fields to express themselves in order to aid people to develop wholistic perspectives in every area of culture.

The Reformational community shares the main contours of that tradition, but this does not mean that all adherents fully agree with each other or that there are no significant differences of opinion within its wide parameters or even contradictions. This means also that the inclusion of an item on this page does not necessarily mean I as compiler agree either partially or fully with all the contents. This page is an exhibition of the riches of the Reformational tradition and those riches include variations and contradictions as in all of life.

Instead of the term “exhibition,” let’s use “library.” This page is a library of Reformational literature. Every respectable library, whether community-based or academic, has its parameters. It will not accept just any document. However, the staff may not simply accept only the books they agree with or like; they are obligated to accept books they may thoroughly dislike or that are totally contradicting each other, but there they are and the public can pick what it wants to read. Well, this page is such a library with its own parameters that are fairly wide in scope, wider than people from other schools of thought might expect. I sometimes feel obligated to include an item I may not personally like, for it is a fair representation of the larger Reformational tradition.

So, please do not jump to hasty conclusions as to my personal opinion of any particular item found on this page; I could well disagree with an item, sometimes even strongly, but I do recognize it as within the parameters of the tradition here exhibited for you.

So, on this page you will find articles and even entire books on many spheres of life or learning. This is your chance to enter into dialogue with the practictioners of a wholistic tradition that goes by various names: Neo-Calvinism, Kuyperian, Neo-Kuyperian, Reformational. Many articles are original; others are my translations from my mother tongue, Dutch.

Actually, so much has been written in both books and articles that there is no way I can present them all here. The full array might possibly be too much even for an entire data centre! There is an important lineup of some of the classics of this tradition of wholistic books on the website of Paideia Publishers –

In addition to the above list of classics, there is the main philosophical journal of the Reformational movement that is an absolute must for anyone doing serious research on any aspect of it:

Philosophia Reformata, International Philosophical Journal of Christianity, Science, and Society, Leiden: Brill.

– a philosophical journal which welcomes contributions that contain philosophical reflection in relation to the Christian tradition. Articles are broadly philosophical in nature, including interdisciplinary approaches in which philosophical reflection forms a substantive element. Contributions may either focus on philosophical themes in relation to Christianity (e.g., being, truth, knowledge, the good, religion, personhood, and others), or on themes in the sciences, the humanities, ethics, and professional practices, also in relation to Christianity (e.g., themes relating to normativity, responsibility, care, natural and social sciences, politics, economics, environmental sciences, and/or technology).
This journal can be accessed at:

For a random Table of Contents see

For a list of English-language articles and a list of the authors of English articles see

It is quite likely that you will find this Introduction somewhat confusing. Its basic concepts may appear very foreign to you. I am sympathetic to that, for it took me a long time to begin to understand what this wholism is all about. But as you read the material, it will slowly dawn on you and introduce you into a whole other world of thought that you will eventually find exciting, for it will give you an entirely different handle on life itself. So, have patience and persist; it will come to you and you will thank God for your persistence. Just keep reading….

At the end of this Introduction, I share with you a summary of an inaugural speech by Al Wolters that discusses the place of Reformational philosophy in the general world of philosophy.

Bob Vander Plaats, “Dr. Wolters Is Inaugurated to the ICS Faculty.” Perspective, November 1974, pp. 1-3. The summary can be accessed at:

And with this, I will let you loose into this world of wide-open perspectives that take all aspects of reality seriously. Dig in, challenge, taste, and test. Above all, enjoy this intellectual potpourri – and allow yourself and your assumptions to be challenged deep down in your core – your heart.


The Reformational Publishing Project (RPP) is a new enterprise formed in order to publish books, articles, lectures, and speeches in the tradition of the epoch-making Christian Philosophy developed by the Dutch polymath Herman Dooyeweerd. Specific attention will be placed on works in which the systematic articulation and coherent advancement of this tradition is demonstrably evident.

It is the central mission of the Reformational Publishing Project, then, to publish the best of the attempts by Dooyewerd’s colleagues, students, and followers to elaborate and advance these revolutionary insights through books, articles, special lectures and speeches.

Boer Note: The above are the first two paragraphs of a longer essay on the plans for the above ambitious publishing project that, though it did not reach all of its goals, did publish many key works in the Reformational tradition, both in English and Dutch. Some of these are included on this page under their appropriate headings. They can all be identified by their URL, which includes reference to that project. I include this information section to give full credit to the Reformational Publishing Project and to Paideia. We owe them a debt of gratitude for the work they have done for us.


John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1536. Trans. Henry Beveridge, 1845. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1957.

Published first in 1536, the Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's magnum opus. Extremely important for the Protestant Reformation, the Institutes has remained important for Protestant theology for almost five centuries. Written to "aid those who desire to be instructed in the doctrine of salvation," the Institutes, which follows the ordering of the Apostle's Creed, has four parts. The first part examines God the Father; the second part, the Son; the third part, the Holy Spirit; and the fourth part, the Church. Through these four parts, it explores both "knowledge of God" and "knowledge of ourselves" with profound theological insight, challenging and informing all the while. Thus, for either the recent convert or the long-time believer, for the inquisitive beginner or the serious scholar, John Calvin's Institutes is a rewarding book worthy of study!

Tim Perrine
CCEL Staff Writer

“Meet Calvin: An Entire Issue Devoted to John Calvin (1509-1564),” Christian History, 1986, Vol. 5, No. 4 (40 pp.).

“Taking into account all his failings, he [Calvin] must be reckoned as one of the greatest and best of men whom God raised up in the history of Christianity” – Philip Schaff, Historian.

“But we shall always find it hard to love the man [Calvin] who darkened the human soul with the most absurd and blasphemous conception of God in all the long and honoured history of nonsense” – Will Durant, Historian.

Edna Gerstner, Idelette: A Novel Based on the Life of Madame John Calvin. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1963 (160 pp.).

For readers’ reviews go to: AND

For a recorded review, go to:

William J. Petersen, “Idelette: John Calvin’s Search for the Right Wife.” Christian History, 1986, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 12-15.

“The Institute for Calvinist Studies in Korea,” IAPCHE Newsletter, December 1995, pp. 5-6. This document can be accessed at:

Jong-Sung Rhee, “Calvin Studies in Korea: Its History and Present Situation.” – a section of a brochure, the rest of which got lost. Seoul, Korea: The Institute for Calvinistic Studies in Korea, date unknown due to incomplete document.

Johan D. Tangelder, “The Institute for Calvinistic Studies in South Korea,” n.p., 1998 (2 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

For information on the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, go to:

Jan van Vliet, “Repose in Mystery: The Limit of Sobriety According to John Calvin.” Pro Rege, March 2016, pp 21-31. This article can be accessed at:

Henk van den Belt, ed., Restoration through Redemption: John Calvin Revisited, an incomplete preview. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Mike Ross, “A Short Bibliography on John Calvin.” Christ Covenant Church, 2009 (2 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck

Herman Bavinck (1854–1921), born the second of eleven children, was a husband, father, pastor, professor, and the author of many books, including his four-volume magnum opus, Reformed Dogmatics (Gereformeerde Dogmatiek). As a Dutch Reformed theologian he engaged the fields of politics, philosophy, and education and was a key figure along with Abraham Kuyper in the Union of the Reformed Churches in 1892.

Uncluttered collection of writings from and about Bavinck. This collection can be accessed from:

Bavinck's Writings

For a complete primary-source bibliography and sizable digital archive of Herman Bavinck’s Dutch corpus, see Project Neocalvinisme. The following bibliography is limited primarily to writings that are available as e-books.

This entire bibliography is available in Zotero format via the Bavinck Institute Zotero Group. The URL below lists English translations below the Dutch ones.

Updated: 28 September 2016. This document is accessible at:

Herman Bavinck, The Christian Family. Transl. Nelson D. Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press 2012 (188 pp.)

Information about:

Herman Bavinck. Ed. John Bolt. Reformed Dogmatics Abridged in One Volume. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011. E-book edition, 2015.

Publishers: “This is a preview. The total pages displayed will be limited.” Yes, but a large chunk here is better than a mere listing. This document can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 4. General Editor, John Bolt; Transl. John Vriend. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008. This is an incomplete preview of the book, which is better than none at all. This preview can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, The Certainty of Faith. Transl. Harry der Nederlander. St. Catharines, Ontario Canada, 1980. This book can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, “Christ and Christianity.” Transl. A. A. Pfanstiehl. The Biblical Review, I, 1916, pp. 214-236. This article can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, “Calvin and Common Grace.” Princeton Theological Review, VII, 1904, pp. 437-465. This article can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, “Christological Movements in the Nineteenth Century.” Transl. Benjamin B. Warfield. Bibliotheca Sacra, LXVIII, 1911, pp. 381-404. This article can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, “The future of Calvinism.” The Presbyterian and Reformed Review, V, January 1894, pp. 1-24. This article can be accessed at:

Herman Bavinck, “Recent Dogmatic Thought in the Netherlands.” Transl. Geerhardus Vos. The Presbyterian and Reformed Review, III, April 1892, pp. 209-228. This article can be accessed at:

Writings About Bavinck

John Bolt, “Herman Bavinck Speaks English: A Bibliographic Essay.” Mid-America Journal of Theology, 19, 2008 (pp. 117-126). This document can be accessed at:

John Bolt, Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015. Cory Brock, Review of above in Calvin Theological Journal, April 2016, pp. 152-154.

"With the completed translation of Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics in the previous decade..., studies of the life and thought of Herman Bavinck have never garnered so much attention in the Anglophone world. Herman Bavinck's voice lives. He will be one of the post important theological interlocutors for Reformed theologians in the twenty-first century. In the last five years alone, various scholars have written monographs exploring Bavinck's dogmatic concepts and propositions. The most important of these focus on concepts that stand on the precipice between theology and philosophy...."

Todd Scacewater, interview with John Bolt about above book. Online “Books at a Glance,” February 23, 2016. Item can be accessed at:

Richard J. Mouw, “Neo-Calvinism: A Theology for the Global Church in the 21st Century”; (watch on Vimeo). Herman Bavinck Lecture delivered on June 1, 2015, at the Theological University (TU), Kampen, The Netherlands. Calvin Theological Journal, April 2016, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 7-19.

For these lectures scholars are invited who share Bavinck’s love for Reformed theology, are enthusiastic about his take on grace as a transforming force in both personal life, society and culture, and who in their academic work reflect his deep and catholic view on the Christian faith. They are asked to answer important questions in their lectures concerning the value of Reformed theology in a postmodern world for church and society.

Dr. James K. A. Smith will deliver the second Bavinck Lecture at TU Kampen later this year.

You can find many articles about Bavinck in the following places:

Nicholas Wolterstorff, “The Apologetical Implications of Herman Bavinck's Theistic Proofs.” Accessed July 15, 2016. Published as "Herman Bavinck – Proto Reformed Epistemologist" in Calvin Theological Journal 45 (2010), pp. 133-146.

John Bolt, “The Imitation of Christ Theme in the Cultural-Ethical Ideal of Herman Bavinck,” summary of a dissertation. Anakainosis, Vol. 6, No. 2, n.d., n.p. This item can be accessed at:

--------, “Grand Rapids Between Kampen and Amsterdam: Herman Bavinck’s Reception and Influence in North America.” CTJ 38, 2003 (pp. 263-280). This article can be accessed at:

Cornelius Van Til, “Bavinck the Theologian, a Review Article.” Westminster Theological Journal, XXIV, 1, November 1961 (pp. 1-17).

Herman Dooyeweerd*

Dooyeweerd's Writings*

Herman Dooyeweerd 7th October 1894 – 12th February 1977: Dooyeweerd loved art and music and was an accomplished pianist, he enjoyed detective stories and was a supporter of Ajax, the famous Amsterdam football team, but it is not for these things that Dooyeweerd is remembered. He was the pioneer of the school of ‘the philosophy of the cosmonomic principle’ or more simply reformational philosophy.

He has been described as one of the foremost philosophers of the Netherlands. Dr. P.B. Cliteur, [1] wrote in 1994: ‘Herman Dooyeweerd is undoubtedly the most formidable Dutch philosopher of the 20th century. ... As a humanist I have always looked at “my own tradition” in search for similar examples. They simply don't exist. Of course, humanists too wrote important books, but in the case of Herman Dooyeweerd we are justified in speaking about a philosopher of international repute.’

G.E. Langemeijer, attorney general of the Dutch Appeal Court and chairman of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, wrote in the Trouw [2] that Dooyeweerd was ‘the most original philosopher Holland has ever produced, even Spinoza not excepted’.

Giorgio Delvecchio, an Italian neo-Kantian philosopher, viewed Dooyeweerd as ‘the most profound, innovative, and penetrating philosopher since Kant’. [3]

More recently philosopher Alvin Plantinga stated that “Dooyeweerd's work was comprehensive, insightful, profound, courageous, and quite properly influential.” [4].

His bio and his autobiography. This and the above introduction are all available at:

Herman Dooyeweerd, A New Critique Of Theoretical Thought. Transl. David H. Freeman and William S. Young. 4 vols. Place: Paideia Press, 1984 (1230 pp.). These volumes can be accessed at:

--------. Roots of Western Culture: Pagan, Secular, and Christian Options. Transl. John Kraay; eds. Mark Vander Vennen and Bernard Zylstra. Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1979. This book can be accessed at:

--------. Trans. and eds. John N. Kraay and Bernard Zylstra. “Reconstruction and Reformation.” Toronto: Institute for Christian Studies, 1970 (20 pp.). This article can be accessed at:

--------. Creation and Evolution. Orginally published in Dutch in Philosophia Reformata (PR), Vol. 24, 1959, pp. 113-159. Translation and separate translation authorized by the Editior-in-Chief of PR. The scanned mimeographed English version published by St. Catharines: Paideai Press, n.d. This document can be accessed at:

--------. “The Criteria of Progressive and Reactionary Tendencies in History.” In commemoration of the jubilee of one hundred and fifty years of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1958. This document can be accessed at:

--------. “Sociology of Law and Its Philosophical Foundations.” A stenciled lecture, n.p., n.d., but, according to footnotes, 1957 or later. This document can be accessed at:

Herman Dooyeweerd, The Secularization of Science (1954, 1966).

This essay was presented at the first congress of the International Association for Reformed Faith and Action, Montpellier, France, in 1953. The original French version, "La secularization de la science," was published in La Revue Reformee, V (1954), 138-157. This translation, with notes, was made by Dr. Robert D. Knudsen of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and first appeared in print in the International Reformed Bulletin, No. 26 (9th year), July 1966, pp. 2-17. The Knudsen Introduction, along with the Dooyeweerd article was also published in Memphis, USA: Christian Studies Center, 1954. The brief Boer Introduction is original on this website.

Jan H. Boer, "Introduction (1)"

Robert K. Knudsen, "Introduction (2)"

--------. “The Analogical Concepts.” Transl. Robert D. Knudsen. A typewritten lecture, n. p., n. d., but according to footnotes, 1953 or later (21 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

--------. “Introduction to a Transcendental Criticism of Philosophic Thought.” A lecture delivered to French students at the Free University, Amsterdam, n.d. (7 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

--------. “The Theory of Man: Thirty two Propositions On Anthropology.” No bibliographical information. This document can be accessed at:

Stichting voor Christelijke Filosofie, “Online Catalogus 2.” This material can be accessed at:

Content: List of Reformational writings by Dooyeweerd and others.

Writings About Dooyeweerd*

“Herman Dooyeweerd,” his bio and his bibliography.

Lambert Zuidervaart, Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation: Essays in Reformational Philosophy. McGill-Queen's University Press. April 2016. The Publisher’s Overview can be accessed at:

Dean Dettloff, “A Ground Motive Symposium on Lambert Zuidervaart's Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation” held at ICS, January 18, 2016.

In April 2016, ICS Professor of Philosophy Lambert Zuidervaart's book, Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation: Essays in Reformational Philosophy, was published with McGill-Queen's University Press. To celebrate, Ground Motive hosted a blog symposium inviting a wide variety of authors to respond to the book essay by essay. At the end of the symposium, Dr. Zuidervaart provides a response to the event as a whole. Though the symposium is now over, we invite our readers to follow along and participate in this exciting conversation through the comment sections of each post. Below is a table of contents for the symposium, followed by the publisher's information about the book. Some of the essays are available in ICS's Institutional Repository and are linked.*

Additional information can be accessed at: AND

Table of Contents

Comment by the publisher of this website: It is only the chapters on Dooyeweerd that are featured here. The later Table of Contents can be accessed under the same title in the section Miscellaneous Reformational…. below on this page. This book is given such extensive coverage here because of its crucial place in the development of Reformational philosophy.

Introduction: Transforming Philosophy
A Living Philosophical Tradition of Redemptive Hope | Doug Blomberg It's Time for Reformational Philosophy | Neal DeRoo

1 The Great Turning Point: Religion and Rationality in Dooyeweerd’s Transcendental Critique (2004)
o Generative Problems or Dynamic Limits? Retrieving Dooyeweerd's Transcendental Critique of Theoretical Thought | Jazz Feyer Salo

2 Reformational Philosophy after Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven (2006)
o Criticism after Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven | Bob Sweetman

3 Dooyeweerd’s Conception of Truth: Exposition and Critique (2008)
o Spectres of Nature-Grace: On Dooyeweerd's "Religious Truth" | Josh Harris

4 Dooyeweerd’s Modal Theory: Questions in the Ontology of Science (1973)
o Dooyeweerd's Modal Theory: Hermeneutics in Action | Dan Rudisill

Jonathan Chaplin – Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society. University of Notre Notre Dame Press, 2011. Website: < >.

The website features the following items:
– Summary Descriptions
– Table of Contents
– About Author
– Excerpt

Sander Griffioen and Bert M. Balk, eds. Christian Philosophy at the Close of the Twentieth Century: Assessment and Perspective. Kampen, The Netherlands: Uitgeverij Kok, 1995 (225 pp.). This book can be accessed at:

Magnus Verbrugge, “The Herman Dooyeweerd Foundation” – a report. Philosophia Reformata, 1987 No. 1, pp. 86-88. The journal can be accessed at:

C. T. McIntire, The Legacy of Herman Dooyeweerd: Reflections on Critical Philosophy in the Christian Tradition. University Press of America, 1985 (198 pp.). URL:

Presents the first critical study by a team of scholars of the philosophy of renowned Dutch philosopher and legal theorist, Herman Dooyeweerd. The six contributors interpret the basis of Dooyeweerd's thought which was to view the character of the world from the perspective of Christian religion. This volume examines Dooyeweerd's contributions to the fields of philosophy, religious studies and theology, history, aesthetics, and political and social theory. Co-published with the Institute for Christian Studies.

Klapwijk, Jacob, “The Struggle for a Christian Philosophy: Another Look at Dooyeweerd,” The Reformed Journal 30/2, pp. 12-15 and 30/3, pp. 20-24, 1980. This article can be accessed at:

E. L. Hebden Taylor, The Christian philosophy of Law, Politics and the State: A Study of the Political and Legal Thought of Herman Dooyeweerd of the Free University of Amsterdam, Holland, as the Basis for Christian Action in the English-Speaking World. Nutley NJ: The Craig Press, 1966 (653 pp.). This book is accessible at:

David H. Freeman, Review of the above. The Banner, April 19, 1968. This document can be accessed at:

H. Evan Runner*

– Introduction

Professor Runner is to be credited mostly with introducing Reformational theory and practice into the English-speaking world by rescuing it from the confines of a little-known language, Dutch. From him it has spread throughout North America and from there throughout many other countries. The writings in this section are all Runner’s and therefore his name does in appear at the beginning of each item. A place to begin with Runner is:

You will find archives there with much information about Runner’s work, history (including the (in)famous Groen Club at Calvin College), every kind of resources and lectures. This is THE place, THE introduction. Go there.

Walking In The Way of The Word: The Collected Writings of H. Evan Runner. Volume Two, 1994 (336 pp.) ISBN 978-0-8881.

Walking In The Way of The Word is the second of two volumes that will bring all the various writings, both published and unpublished, of Prof. Runner together in a two volume set. The two volumes together amount to almost one thousand pages of text. Volume two is a republication of all the lectures from the Christian Perspective series from 1959 to 1961 that have been published already in various forms. These lectures will be an invaluable resource for beginning students and seasoned faculty member alike given the broad range of topics addressed. Volume one represents the collected lectures, speeches, and papers, from 1940 to 1994 and contains 632 pages of text.

Henry Vander Goot, ed. Life Is Religion, Festschrift. St. Catharines ON, Paideia Publishing, 1981. This book is accessible at:

H. Evan Runner, “On Being Anti-Revolutionary and Christian-Historical at the Cutting Edge of History 1979-1980.” An address given to the Centennial Celebration of the founding of the Anti-Revolutionary Party at Amsterdam, on April 3, 1979.

“Christianity and Humanism: A Re-thinking of the Supposed Affinity of Their Fundamental Principles. Distributed by AACS, Toronto, 1968. This article can be accessed at:

Christian Perspective Series

These should be available in Walking In The Way of The Word: The Collected Writings of H. Evan Runner. See above. They were (to be?) published by – Toronto: Association for Reformed Scientific Studies that later morphed into the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto.

Christian Perspectives 1960. This volume contains the following Runner lectures:

“The Relation of the Bible to Science.”

“The Relation of the Bible to Learning.”

Christian Perspectives 1961. This volume contains the following Runner lectures:

“Scientific and Pre-Scientific”

“Sphere Sovereignty”

These lectures were republished in 1970 in The Relation of the Bible to Learning. See below.

The Relation of the Bible to Learning. Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1970 (Paideia; ST). This lecture was originally published in Christian Perspectives, 1960 – see above. This document can be accessed at:

Scriptural Religion and Political Task. Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1974 (Paideia; ST). This lecture series was originally published in Christian Perspectives 1962 – see above. This series can be accessed at:

“The Christian and the World.” Torch & Trumpet, 1955. This lecture can be accessed at:


In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi is a theological and acclaimed Open Access journal that serves as the official journal of the Reformed Theological Society (Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging). Durbanville, South Africa: AOSIS Publishing.

It has a broad coverage that promotes multidisciplinary, religious and biblical aspects of studies in the international theological arena, aiming to further Reformational Theology on a scientific basis. It encourages research that challenges traditional discourses within and between the fields of biblical, religious, social and human sciences as well as the constructive engagement with the natural sciences where applicable. All contributions are refereed anonymously by at least three other scholars who are recognised as specialists in the particular field of study and the comments of the referees are held in high esteem. English, Afrikaans and Dutch are the general languages of publication and articles in German will also be considered.

Editor-in-Chief: Koos Vorster, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, South Africa. More information can be accessed at:

Bennie J. van der Walt. “Flying on the Wings of Vollenhoven’s Radical Christian Worldview: A Reconsideration of the Usual Typology of Christian Worldviews.” Koers – Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 77(1), 2012 (14 pp.). This article can be accessed at:

--------. At Home in God’s World: A Transforming Paradigm for Being Human and for Social Involvement. Potschefstroom: The Institute for Contemporary Christianity in Africa, 2010.

--------. “Culture, World View and Religion.” Philosophia Reformata, 66 (1) 2001, pp. 23-38.

Abstract can be accessed at:

--------. van der Walt. The Liberating Message: A Christian Worldview for Africa. Potchefstroom: The Institute for Reformational Studies, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, 1994 (625 pp.).

Steve Bishop, ed. and compiler, “Reformational Studies: An Annotated Bibliography of B. J. van der Walt.” Bristol, UK: All of Life Redeemed (online), February 2009.

“Can a Christian be a philosopher or a philosopher a Christian? Professor Van der Walt has proven this is possible.” – Desmond M. Tutu

This document can be accessed at: AND:

Steve Bishop, “Reformational Papers.” An Accidental Blog, June 20, 2007. This document can be accessed at:

David S. Dockery, A Bibliography for the Integration of Faith and Learning. Union University, Fall 2007. This document can be accessed at:

Canadian Bible Society, “Where to Look in the Bible,” a brochure (n.d.).

The Bible is a book which tells of the experiences of real people and of how God dealt with them. The deepest needs of the human heart and the most profound longings of the human soul are brought to us in the great stories of the Bible. The Bible is a real treasure house and this leaflet, also available in PDF, tells you where you can turn to find messages to meet your needs as you face the challenges, problems, and joys of life. As you read the Bible you will find that it speaks to you as does no other book and your life will be enriched and blessed. This material can be accessed at:

Nicholas Wolterstorff, “Empathy, Anger and the Struggle against Injustice.” CC, February 27, 2017, pp. 10-11. This article can be found at of date.

Vincent Vitale, “Truth or Love: What’s Your Choice?” IRZIM: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Jan. 11 2017.

“Helping the Thinker Believe; Helping the Believer Think.”

This article can be accessed at:

Hugh Whelchel, “Should Christians Even Try to Influence Culture?” Christian Union News, December 15, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

John Bolt, “Just What Do You Mean – Kingdom of God? Lessons from a Century (and More) of Christian Social Thought.” CTJ, Nov. 2016, pp. 259-282.

James K.A. Smith, “How My Millennial Students Found Their ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ to a Secular Age.” Christian Union News, November 2, 2016. Originally published by The Huffington Post, October 24, 2016.

Author and professor of philosophy James K.A. Smith writes about helping students wrestle with philosopher Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. Smith suggests that many of us are "like this band of seekers: We see the ruins, we know the world has changed, we know there’s no going back. But we also can’t shake a hunger, a longing, a haunting that we welcome"... The lecture can be accessed at:

James K. A. Smith, “Join the Anti-Revolutionary Party: You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Hubris.” Cardus, Fall 2016, pp. 2-4. This article can be accessed at:

James K. A. Smith, “Revolutionism and Our Secular Age.” Comment, Fall, 2016, pp. 43-48. This entire issue of Comment is dedicated to the theme “Join the Anti-Revolutionary Party.” The article can be accessed at:

Comment’s main concern is “Public Theology for the Common Good” and is published by Cardus, “a North American public policy think thank equipping change agents with strategic public theology.”

There is frequent mention of Groen Van Prinsterer in Smith’s article. As to his identity, this can easily be obtained from the web. His major work is Ongeloof en Revolutie (1904, 1951). A number of his writings, both Dutch and English, can be accessed at:

James K. A. Smith, “The Spiritual Power of Habit.” A summary of the above lecture by Tom Campisi, Managing Editor, Christian Union Magazine, Spring 2016, pp. 8-9. To be accessed at:

James K. A. Smith, IN or AFTER EDEN? Creation, Fall, and Interpretation. A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Degree Master of Philosophical Foundations, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, August 1995. This article can be accessed at:

Neal Plantinga Jr. “Intellectual Love of God.” Pro Rege, March 2016, pp. 10-13. This article can be accessed at:

Robert Joustra, “Whose Religion? Which Flourishing? Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi wants you to flourish too. Now what?” A reaction to Miroslav Volf, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World. Yale University Press, 2016. Comment Magazine, Feb. 17, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Erin Doom, “A Wardrobe in Kansas, Portal to Mystery: A ‘Show and Tell’ Exploration of the Eighth Day Institute in Wichita, Kansas.” Comment, November 4th, 2015. This article can be accessed at:

Andreas, Jonathan, “Worship: A Modal Analysis.” Paper written at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. August 27, 2015. This document can be accessed at:

Jeffrey Greenman, “Dying with Dignity? Negotiating the Moral Debate on Assisted Suicide.” Lecture delivered at the University of British Columbia, Feb. 5, 2014. The document includes a biography, an abstract and a response by Dr. Bert Cameron. It can be accessed at:

Isaac N. Mutua, A Critical Engagement with B. J. Van Der Walt’s Reformational Approach Towards African Culture And World View. Dissertation submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Philosophy at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, South Africa, 2014. This document can be accessed at:;sequence=1

James K. A. Smith in Dialogue with Richard Mouw about Neo-Calvinism and Anabaptism. Comment, September 20, 2013. This article can be accessed at:

Jordan Monge, “Religion and Intelligence: Is the Narrative Changing?” The Ivy League Christian Observer, Fall 2013, pp. 8-9. The magazine reprinted this article with permission from Christianity Today. It can be accessed at:

John W. Cooper, “Church, Kingdom, and the Great Commission.”

Julius T. Medenblik, “What Difference Does This Make?”

Calvin Theological Seminary Forum, Fall, 2013, pp. 3-5, 6-7. The above Cooper and Medenblik articles can both be accessed at:

Sophie Bloemert, “What Can Mary Teach Us?” Transl. Jan H. Boer. Sophie, 4/2013, p. 15.

Leonard J. Vander Zee, “Our Lady Too.” The Banner, December 2016, pp. 36-37. This article can be accessed at:

Pieter Vos, Transl. Jan H. Boer. “The Human Deficit according to Immanuel Kant: The Gap between the Moral Law and Human Inability to Adhere to It.” Original title, “Het menselijk tekort volgens Immanuel Kant: De kloof tussen de morele wet en ons onvermogen er naar te handelen.” Sophie, February 2013, pp. 23-25.

Vander Zwaag, Klaas. “Religions Do Not Aim for the Same Good,” transl. Jan H. Boer. Original title: “Religies leiden niet naar hetzelfde heil.” Sophie 3/2011, pp. 40-43.

Wendy Elgersma, Bibliography. This can be accessed at:

Byron Borger, “Attending to Ordinary Stuff.” Comment Magazine, Jan. 15, 2010.

“It is sometimes good to focus directly upon the near-sacreness of our daily moments.”

This article can be accessed at:

D. F. M. Strauss, Philosophy as the Discipline of the Disciplines. Grand Rapids: Paideia Press, 2009 (715 pp.) This book can be accessed at:

Yusufu Turaki, “African Christianity in Global Religious and Cultural Conflict.” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 31, Issue 2, April 2007, pp. 127-139.

ABSTRACT: “The West is not only waging a contemporary war against militant Islamists, but historically and ironically, it has been waging a religious war principally against Christianity and its own ethnocentrism. It is important that we examine this theological implication for world Christianity as a result of the decline of western Christianity; western rebellion against Christianity; and the revival of neopaganism in the West.”

The above partial abstract comes from:

R. Charles Weller, Rethinking Kazakh and Central Asian Nationhood: A Challenge to Prevailing Western Views. Los Angeles: Asia Research Associates, 2006 (255 pp.).

The Table of Contents can be accessed at:

Govert Buys and Herman Paul with Bert Van den Brink, “Liberalism: A Hesitant Worldview,” an interview. Original title: “Het liberalisme: de levensbeschouwing die geen levensbeschouwing wil zijn.” Beweging, Summer, 2005, pp. 42-47.

James Skillen, “The Question of a Christian Worldview.” Washington DC: The Center for Public Justice, Public Justice Report, Vol. 28, No. 1 (March 18, 2005). The article itself is found in the Islamica/ Guest Articles section.

Paul Cliteur and Willem Ouweneel. “God Exists: A Debate about Theism – Two Statements.” Original title: “God bestaat.” Beweging, 2/2005, pp. 26-27.

Bruce C. Wearne. “Deism and the Absence of Christian Theology.” Philosophia Reformata (68) 2003. This article can be accessed at:

David K. Naugle, Worldview: The History of a Concept. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.

Dale Cannon, review in Tradition & Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical, 33:1. This document can be accessed at:

Tim McConnel, review in Pro Rege, March 2004, pp. 27. This document can be accessed at:

--------. “Worldview: History, Theology, Implications.” This document can be accessed at:

Bartholomew, Craig and Moritz, Thornsten (eds.) Christ and Consumerism: Critical Reflections on Our Age. Carlisle UK: Paternoster Press, 2000. This book can be accessed at:

Anthony Tol, Philosophy in the Making: D.H.Th. Vollenhoven and the Emergence of Reformed Philosophy, together with the text-critical edition of his chief systematic contribution, Isagôgè Philosophiae 1930-1945, namely D.H.Th. Vollenhoven Isagôgè Philosophiae 1930-1945 tekstkritische uitgave Filosofie in de traditie van de Reformatie Gebaseerd op een door de auteur bewerkt exemplaar gedateerd 1945 Redactie, met inleiding, wetenschappelijk apparaat en tekstverantwoording. Doctoral dissertation, Free University, Amsterdam, probably about 2000? This book can be accessed at:

John Leland, “Savior of the Streets: The Man and His Mission.” Newsweek, June 1, 1998, pp. 20-25. This article can be accessed at:

For extra articles about Eugene Rivers, the “Savior,” just google his name and you’ll get a busload of information. I include this article on this page as a challenge to both Christian and secular academics. You pick your own challenge from it and act accordingly.

Jack B. Rogers and Donald K. McKim, The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical Approach. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 1999 (pp. 480+). An incomplete but extensive preview can be accessed at:

Hubert R. Krygsman, Freedom and Grace: Mainline Protestant Thought in Canada, 1900-1960. A Ph.D. dissertation for Carleton University, Ottawa, June 23, 1997 (827 pp.). This book can be accessed at:

No name indicated, “Naive Experience, Narrative Scripture, Religious Ground Motives and Scientific Historiography Concerned with the Ancient Past.” Workshop Paper for the Fifth International Symposium "Christian Philosophy at the Close of the Twentieth Century: Assessment and Perspective" on the occasion of the Hundredth Birth Year of Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977), sponsored by the Association for Calvinistic Philosophy held at Bovendonk, Hoeven, The Netherlands, August 22-26, 1994. This document can be accessed at:

Richard J. Mouw, Consulting the Faithful: What Christian Intellectuals Can Learn from Popular Religion. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994 (84 pp.). For reviews go to:

Gordon J. Spykman, Christian Faith in Focus. Jordan Station Ontario: Paideia Press, 1992. This book can be accessed at:

--------, Reformational Theology: A New Paradigm for Doing Dogmatics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992 (584 pp.).

“This rigorous neo-Kuyperian rethink of how theology should be done is a milestone in Reformed exposition. It is the most stimulating systematic that I have read for a long time.” – James I. Packer, Regent College

“This is the first attempt – and an impressive one – to write a systematic theology from a Reformational perspective…. Spykman seeks to overcome long-standing dualisms that have plagued theology for centuries with a third way which gives more attention to the historical redemptive pattern of Scripture. One need not agree with all of the presuppositions of this approach in order to appreciate the fresh and rich results of this solid study.” – I. John Hesselink, Western Theological Seminary

--------, et al, “Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony,” a brochure. Grand Rapids: Board of Publications of the CRC, 1983 (13 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

An updated version can be accessed at: AND

Jane Vogel and Mary Sytsma, Living Your Faith in a Messed-Up World: A look at the Contemporary Testimony. Grand Rapids: Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2008 (80 pp.).

--------. Bibliography. This document can be accessed at:

Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff, eds. Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983, 1991. This book can be accessed at:

Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC), Facing the Challenge of Secularism. Grand Rapids: REC, 1991.

H. Henry Meeter, The Basic Ideas of Calvinism. Revised by Paul A. Marshal. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990 (221 pp.).

For the text of the original Chapter 1, go to:

For an incomplete preview go to:

For reviews go to:

For (further) information about Meeter and his book, go to:

Richard Mouw, “Dutch Calvinist Philosophical Influences in North America.” Calvin Theological Journal, April 1989, pp. 93-120. The article can be accessed at: – p. 206ff

Albert Wolters, “On the Idea of Worldview and Its Relation to Philosophy,” in Stained Glass: Worldviews and Social Science, Christian Studies Today (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989), 21. This article can be accessed at:

J. R. Kriel, Removing Medicine’s Cartesian Mask: The Problem of Humanising Medical Education. Part 1. Orginally published by the Institute for Reformational Studies, Potchefstroom, 1988. This version is published in the Journal for Biblical Medical Ethics (JMBE), Vol. 3, No. 2.

This document can be accessed at:

John Bolt, ed. Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis in the Reformed Community Today. Christian Reformed Perspective, Vol. 1. Papers presented at a conference Orthodoxy and orthopraxis, held at Redeemer College, Hamilton, Ont., May 30-June 1, 1985. Jordan Station ON: Paideia Press, 1985 (160 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

Harry Antonides, Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and Its Contemporary Legacy. Jordan Station, Ontario: Paideia Press, 1985. This book can be accessed at:

John Bolt, Christian and Reformed Today. Jordan Station, Ontario: Paideia Press, 1984. This book can be accessed at:

James W. Skillen, author; Jan H. Boer, editor. “Making Your Own History,” selected excerpts from Skillen’s “Politics, Pluralism, and the Ordinances of God.” In H. Vander Goot (ed.), Life Is Religion: Essays in Honor of H. Evan Runner. St. Catharines: Paideaia Press, 1981. Pp. 195-206.

T. Boersma, Is the Bible a Jigsaw Puzzle? An Evaluation of Hal Lindsey’s Writings. Transl: Elizabeth Vanderkooy Robert. St. Catharines Ontario: Paideia Press, 1978. This book can be accessed at:

Note from the Proprietor: This book is referenced here because so many in the Reformed community have veered into the direction of Hal Lindsey. A correction is badly needed.

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Reason within the Bounds of Religion. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1976, 1988. This book can be accessed at:

Al Wolters, Our place in the Philosophical Tradition. Toronto: ICS, 1975.

Bob Vander Plaats, “Dr. Wolters Is Inaugurated to the ICS Faculty.” Perspective, Nov/Dec. 1974. This item can be accessed at:

For a complete Wolters bibliography, go to

Brill, K. A.; Hart, Hendrik; Klapwijk, Jacob (eds), “Calvin and Neo-Calvinism on Non-Christian Philosophy; The Idea of Christian Philosophy.” Philosophia Reformata 38, 1973, pp. 43-61. This article can be accessed at:

Jan H. Bavinck, The Riddle of Life. Transl. J. J. Lamberts. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1958. Original title: Het raadsel van ons leven. Kampen, the Netherlands: Kok, n.d. known. This book can be accessed at:

S. U. Zuidema, "Common Grace and Christian Action in Abraham Kuyper." N.d., n.p. This article can be accessed at:


Ian Hutchinson, “Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection? Three Hypotheses.” MIT et Spiritus, Spring 2016. This article can be accessed at:

David Tang-Quan. “Conversations with Professor Ian Hutchinson of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.” The Harvard Ichthus, Spring 2012. This article can be accessed at:

Danielle D’Souza, “Why Miracles Are Possible: David Hume and the Reasonableness of Belief.” The Dartmouth Apologia, Spring 2016; Christian Union News, January 26, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

Isaiah Bako Hinkon, The Theology and Practices of the Emerging Gidan Addu’a prayer Homes in Wukari and its Environs: Challenges and Impact on Churches and Society. A Thesis Presented to the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Doctor of Philosophy. June 2014 (380 pp.).


Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Healing Beliefs and Practices in Jukun Society

Chapter 3 – The Emergence of the Gidan Addu'a Movement

Chapter 4 – 'Heart-Sowing and Sewing Mission'

Chapter 5 – 'Prayer and Healing' Ministry

Chapter 6 – 'Jesus the Healer' Ministry

Chapter 7 – 'Freedom Ministry'

Chapter 8 – 'Voice of Healing-Prayer Miistries'

Chapter 9 – Evaluation and General Conclusion

Mu Young Jeong, “Scope of Scientific Inquiry.” UC Berkeley TAUG, Spring 2014. This article can be accessed at:

Noah Cho, “The Science of Christianity.” UC Berkeley TAUG, Spring 2014. This article can be accessed at:

Seong Min (Daniel) Yoo, “The Limitations of Science and the Necessity of Faith.” UC Berkeley TAUG, Spring 2014. This article can be accessed at:

Rachel McKee, “In Defense of Miracles.” The Dartmouth Apologia, Spring 2014. This article can be accessed at:

Jan Hoogland, “What Does a Miracle Signify?” Transl. Jan H. Boer. Original title: “Waar is het wonder een teken van?” Sophie, June 2013, pp. 5-9.

Willem J. Ouweneel, “Wonders and Signs.” Transl. Jan H. Boer. Sophie, September 2013, pp. 32-35.

Scott H. Hoezee, “Bright Wings: The Ever-Moving Spirit.” Calvin Theological Seminary Forum, Fall, 2007, pp. 9-10.

Johann H. Diemer, Nature and Miracle. Transl. Wilma Bouma. Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1977. Original title: Natuur en Wonder. This book can be accessed at:


Alvin Plantinga, “Science & Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies.” Lecture delivered under the auspices of the Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum at the University of British Columbia, October 2, 2013.

For further information, I refer you to the numerous websites dedicated to various versions of this lecture delivered at various institutions. Just google the title and you’ll get more than you bargained for.

----------, Where the Conflict Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Review by Justin L. Barret, which can be accessed at:

Physical Sciences*

Biologos – Mission, Core Commitments, Beliefs. This is the URL:

Subjects discussed on this page:

Christianity and Science
Scientific Evidence
Biblical Interpretation
God’s Relationship to Creation
Human Origins

Jim Stump, “Adam and the Genome: Introduction.” First of four discussions of Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science. Grand Rapids: Baker, February 2017. Biologos, January 30, 2017.

Other members of the series:

Pete Enns, “Adam and the Genome: Some Thoughts.”

Denis Alexander, “Adam and the Genome: Some Thoughts.”

This series can be accessed at:

Calvin Theological Seminary, “Science-Theology Site Updated.” 1 November 2016.

In 2014, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America asked Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, both in Grand Rapids MI, to compile a list of resources on “the relationship of science and theology….” Read further at:

The actual resource list can be accessed at:

Dennis Danielson, “The Enigma of Galileo: Rethinking a Pivotal Episode in the History and Mythology of Science.” Lecture delivered at University of British Columbia, Nov. 13, 2013. A biography, abstract and discussion around this lecture is posted by Gordon Carkner at:
Further information is also available at:

Marnix Medema and Remico Muis interviewing Mart-Jan Paul and Tom Zoutewelle, “The Current Status of Creationism.” Transl. Jan H. Boer. Original title, “Hoe staat het ervoor met het creationisme?” Sophie, 4/2013, pp. 16-19.

Willem J. Ouweneel, "The Meaning and Function of 'Order' in the 'Creation-Order' Debate." Transl. Jan H. Boer. Original Dutch title: "Order in het scheppingsorderdebat," Sophie, June 2011, pp. 22-25.

Egbert Schuurman, Transl. H. Donald Morton. Technology and the Future: A Philosophical Challenge. …..: Wedge Publishing, 1980; Amazon, 2009. About the book:

A complete bibliography of Schuurman’s English publications can be accessed at:

Gerrit Glas, “Churchland, Kandel, and Dooyeweerd on the Reducibility of Mind States.” Phlosophia Reformata, 2002, pp. 148-172. Reprinted with permission in IAPCHE’s Contact, May 2005, as insert. This article can be accessed at:

Charles C. Adams, “Reading the Subway Walls and Redirecting Communication Technology.” IAPCHE Contact, January 1998, insert. This article can be accessed at:

“What I hope to do in this…essay is (among other things): Review the nature of technology and technological artifacts as seen from a Reformational perspective….”

Plantinga, Alvin, “When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible.” Christian Scholar’s Review, September 1991, pp. 8-33. This article can be accessed at:

Roy A. Clauser, The Myth of Religious Neutrality: An Essay on the Hidden Role of Religious Belief in Theories, Revised Edition that has been completely revised and updated by the author. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1991 (416 pp.). This book is described at:

Martin Frederick Hanna reviewed the above in Andrew University Seminary Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1, 1994, pp. 121-123. This review can be accessed at:

Social Sciences*

Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC)



Guide: The CLAC Quarterly Magazine,

Neil Roos, “Realizing a Dream.” Guide, vol. 60, no. 6, 2012, pp. 16-19.

“The year 1963 provided a defining moment for the civil rights movement. It also provided a defining moment for the Canadian labour movement.”

Dolf de Zoete, ed. A Union that Works: CLAC’s Story from the Pages of the Union’s National Magazine. Mississauga: CLAC, 2012 (218 pp.).

Matthew J. Franck, “Kermit Gosnell and the Ideology of Abortion on Demand.” Review of Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, The Witherspoon Institute, January 27, 2017. This document can be accessed at:

Readings related to the above and found at the same URL above:

Negligence, Insensitivity, or Murder?Anthony Esolen, May 21st, 2013

Kermit Gosnell: Epiphany for Birthers?John B. Londregan, May 20th, 2013

Kermit Gosnell and the Logic of "Pro-Choice"Matthew J. Franck, May 14th, 2013

Gosnell, Law, and Modest First StepsChristopher O. Tollefsen, May 10th, 2013

Judge Sotomayor and Abortion on Demand: A TutorialMatthew J. Franck, July 21st, 2009

Albert Weideman, Beyond Expression: A Systematic Study of The Foundations of Linguistics. Grand Rapids: Paideia Press, 2009 (240 pp.).

Beyond Expression is a book for anyone who is interested in the Philosophy of The Cosmonomic Idea regardless of the discipline they may be in or what their particular interests may be. Beside the fact that the work is an outstanding study of the foundations of linguistics, it has the significantly added benefit of being a beautifully written and superbly clear example of how to do systematically coherent analysis in the tradition of the Cosmonomic Idea. In other words, if you really want to see “how it’s done,” this is the book for you.

Jeffrey Satinover, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1996 (280 pp.).

Bob Thune, review of above book, June 30, 2011. It can be accessed at: exuality_and_the_Politics_of_Truth

Sherry Tyree, review of same book, Voices Online, vol. XIII, no. 4, December 1998. This can be accessed at:

Readers’ strongly conflicting opinions on this controversial book can be found at:

Henry R. Van Til, The Calvinistic Concept of Culture. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1959, 1972. This book can be accessed at:


James W. Skillen and James R. Skillen, “The Trump Presidency: Everything Up for Grabs.” Klice Comment, February 10, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

James W. Skillen is founder and former President of the Center for Public Justice in Washington DC.

James R. Skillen is Assistant Professor at Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI.

Sean Speer, “Lost in the Aggregate: Our Government doesn’t Need More Rules; It Needs More Judgement.” Comment, February 2, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

Abram Van Engen. “Advancing God’s Kingdom: Calvinism, Calvin College, and Betsy DeVos.” Religion & Politics, a Project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, January 30, 2017. This document can be accessed at:

Jonathan Chaplin, “The Right Kind of ‘Secular State’ – A Christian Perspective.” KLICE Comment, January 2017.

Aaron Gunn, “Unscrewing the Millennials.” C2C Journal, December 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Gunn is the Executive Director of Generation Screwed, a university campaign of the Canadian Tax Federation that aims to make the Millennial generation aware of the critical state of affairs with respect to the Canadian national debt with which the senior generation together with the Boomers have and still are saddling Millennials. The article not only speaks of the debt itself, but also of the force of political correctness on our campuses, the increasing restraint on freedom of speech and organization, and of irresponsible handling of public finance.

Probably Gunn has never heard of Reformational philosophy, but his article is so full of facts and tendencies and so emphasizes responsible public finance that it fits well on this page where genuine facts, emphasis on freedom and responsibility in public administration are important underlying issues.

Peter Berkowitz, “Why the Right Splintered But the Left United.”, November 2, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Note: This article is included here for what it says clearly about the basics of contemporary liberal ideology. The explanation of that ideology is very much in line with Reformational perspectives and experience in both Canada and the USA.

Redeemer Center for Faith & Work, “Civility in the Public Square.” Christian Union News, November 2, 2016.

Christian faith demands a high view of human beings. If Christians are indeed called to compassionately steward our respective polities, then we are also called to a kind of civic engagement that wisely assesses our state of affairs with the type of nuance that transcends a liberal/conservative divide. Nicholas Kristof (Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist), John Inazu (author of Confident Pluralism), and best-selling author and pastor Tim Keller discuss rediscovering civility and dignity in the public square...

Turn to the following for the entire event:

Stephen C. Perks, The Politics of God and the Politics of Man: Essays on Politics, Religion and Social Order. Taunton UK: Kuyper Foundation, 2016 (330 pp.). This book can be accessed at:

Guy Brandon, “Crumbling Foundations: A Biblical Critique of Modern Money.” Jubilee Centre, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

John Bowlin (Ed.), Calvinism and Democracy – New Essays in Reformed Theology and Public Life. The Kuyper Center Review, Princeton Theological Seminary, vol. 4. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. This book can be accessed at:

Note from Jan Boer, creator of this website: Most of the essays in this book discuss Kuyper writings, many of which can be found either partially or wholly on the Kuyperiana page of this website.

Luke Foster, “More than Money.” Report on lecture by Robert Doll, the keynote speaker at an event hosted by The Veritas Forum ( The Ivy League Christian Observer, Fall, 2013, p. 5. Can be accessed at:

Aart Deddens, “A place to Stand: African Independence Dependent on Her Own Strengths and Creativity.” An interview with Henk Haenen and Anthony Otieno Ong’ayo. Sophie, September 2013, pp. 28-31.

Buijs, G.J., 2012, “Worldview, the credit crisis and the ‘unity of life.’ From ‘framework’ to ‘deep commitment’.” Koers – Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 77(1), 2012 (9 pp.). This article can be accessed at:

Hoogland, Jan. “The Problem of ‘Christian’ Politics.” Transl. Jan H. Boer. Original title: “Zou Jezus op een ‘christelijke’ partij stemmen?” Sophie, 3/2011, pp. 26-27.

Jeong Kii Min, Sin and Politics: Issues in Reformed Theology. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.

Publishers: This is a preview. The total pages displayed will be limited. Yes, but a large chunk here is better than a mere listing. This document can be accessed at:

Note from website proprietor: I do not know to what extent this work is Reformational in its inspiration. However, it is valuable to have a Korean Reformed perspective represented on this page.

Kent A. Van Til, “Subsidiarity and Sphere-Sovereignty: A Match Made in ….?” Theological Studies 69, 2008 (pp. 610-636). This article can be accessed at:

Stephen Lazarus, “Vocations, Vacations and Politics in Public.” Comment, Summer 2007. This article can be accessed at:

Robert A. Sirico, The Entrepreneurial Vocation. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, 2001 (39 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

John Witte Jr. and Joel A. Nichols. Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment. Boulder, CO: Westview Pres, 2000, fourth edition.

– A brief summary of the book

– A review by James W. Skillen.

A revised version of this review has appeared in Calvin Theological Journal, Nov., 2000, pp. 368-370.

Norman De Jong in collaboration with Jack Van Der Slik, Separation of Church and State: The Myth Revisited. Jordan Station, Ontario: Paideia Press, 1985. This book can be accessed at:

Ben Vandezande, ed. Government is For your Good: A Series of Study Guides on Christian Citizenship. St. Catharines ON: Outreach Niagara, 1979.

Harry Antonides, Multinationals and the Peaceable Kingdom. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1978. This book can be accessed at:

Jan Dengerink, The Idea of Justice in Christian Perspective. Transl. Robert D. and Ali M. Knudsen. Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1978 (59 pp.). Reprinted with permission from The Westminster Theological Journal, vol. 39, no. I, Fall 1976. The article can be accessed at:

Arnold H. De Graaff, “Get the Word!” The keynote address delivered at the Christian Labour Association of Canada's Seventeenth Annual Convention, held in Toronto, Ontario, on April 26, 1969. Limited availability at:

J. D. Dengerink, “The Power of the Reformation in Political Life.” N.p; n.d. (6 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

Anonymous, “Chris Gousmett: A Reformational Scholar among Other Christians.” Origin and date are unknown.


Ian Hunter, Three Faces of the Law: A Christian Perspective. Mississauga ON: Work Research Foundation, 1996.

“The subject matter is highly relevant, indeed disturbing. Where is Canadian law taking us? Starting with Heraclitus’ dictum: “All law is nourished by one law, which is divine,” and present with astonishing clarity current case law as evidence, Professor Hunter exposes the subversive influence of the Charter of Rights that has been invoked by our courts to render Canadian law secular, anemic, confused, and impotent. What is politically and socially correct has become the controlling factor in our courts and law schools. The effects of this are found in three key areas: justice, liberty, and life.” – Dr. Allen Churchill, Dean of the Ottawa Summer School

Review by Herman Faber in Clarion, magazine of the Canadian Reformed Church, August 21, 1998, pp. 406-407. This review can be accessed at:

Summary of main points by Harry Antonides can be accessed at:

Harold J. Berman, “The Religious Sources of General Contract Law: An Historical Perspective.” The Journal of Law and Religion (JLR), Vol. IV, No. 1, 1986, pp. 103-124.

Abstract can be accessed at:

--------. “Religious Foundations of Law in the West: An Historical Perspective.” JLR, Summer 1983, pp. 3-44.

Abstract can be accessed at:

--------. Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Prfess, 1983.

James R. Sweeney, Review of the above in The Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. II, no. 1, 1984, pp. 197-205.

Robert W. Lovin, Review of the above book in the same edition of the above Journal…, pp. 206-214.

--------. “The Religious Foundations of Western Law.” Catholic University Law Review, Spring 1975, pp. 490-508. This document can be accessed at:

----------. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1974.

John Witte Jr., “A New Concordance of Discordant Canons: Harold J. Berman on Law and Religion.” Emory Law Journal, Vol. 42, pp. 523-560. This document can be accessed at:

Howard J. Vogel, “A Survey and Commentary on the New Literature in Law and Religion.” JLR, Summer 1983, pp. 91-95, describes Berman’s contribution.

Iain T Benson, An Associational Framework for the Reconciliation of Competing Rights Claims Involving the Freedom of Religion. A thesis submitted in fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy University of the Witwatersrand, September 12 2013. This document can be accessed at:

--------. “Seeing through the Secular Delusion.” NGTT Deel 54 Supplementum 4, 2013 (18 pp.). Available at SSRN: and at:

--------. “The Western religions attacked on by Western law.” International Journal for Religious Freedom (IJRF), International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) of World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Vol. 6, Issue 1 / 2, 2013, pp. 111-126. This document can be accessed at:

--------. “The Case For Religious Inclusivism And The Judicial Recognition Of Religious Associational Rights: A Response To Lenta.” Constitutional Court Review, 2008, pp. 297-312. This article can be accessed at:

--------. “Taking a Fresh Look at Religion and Public Policy in Canada: The Need for a Paradigm Shift.” Background Paper for the Government of Canada Policy Research Initiative (PRI) “Religion and Public Policy.” 2007? (34 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

--------. “The Idolatry of Law: When Law is Seen as 'Like Religion'.” Centre Points 12, Winter 2004-2005, pp. 1-4. This article can be accessed at: AND

--------. “Notes towards a (Re)Definition of the ‘Secular’.” University of British Columbia Law Review, vol. 33, 2000, p. 520 (31 pp.). Abstract can be accessed at

--------. “The Confusions of “Secularism” and the “Secular’.” (Pp. 7). This article can be accessed at:,%20Canada.pdf AND

--------. Bibliography of the writings of Benson and his magazine Ex Lex.

Note: The above is only a small sample of Benson’s writings, but enough to give you a taste and to search for more! It should be realized that his Centre for Cultural Renewal has been absorbed into Cardus in 2010.



Roel Kuyper, “The Searching Maestro: M. C. Smit and the Meaning of History.” Original title: “De zoekende meester.” Beweging, Summer 2005, pp. 37-39.

History in General*

Steve Bishop, “A History of the Reformational Movement in Britain: The Pre-World War II Years.” Pretoria: Koers, Vol. 80, No. 4, 2015. This document can be found at:

ABSTRACT – This paper looks at the development of neo-Calvinism in Britain during the period up to World War II (WWII). Though the term neo-Calvinism is broad, the focus here will be on the Reformational strand associated with the approach of Kuyper, Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven.

Keywords: neo-Calvinism, Reformational philosophy, Kuyper, Dooyeweerd, Sovereign Grace Union, Henry Atherton, Britain.

Church History*

Jeremy Punt, “Believers or loyalists? Identity and social responsibility of Jesus communities in the Empire.” In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi, 14 March 2017 (8 pp.). This article can be accessed at:

Donald Sinnema, “Remembering the Synod of Dordt.” CC, February 27, 2017. This article can be found at of date.

Nick Loenen, “The Christian Reformed Church in BC: A Brief Sketch of Its History.” A revised edition of a lecture delivered first at Willoughby CRC, Langley, BC, Sept. 27, 2016.

Caleb S. Ahima, ed. “The History of the Development of the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria.” November 2005 (74 pp). This document can be accessed at:

Geert Egberts Boer, Een Man des Volks: Het Leven van Prof. Geert Egberts Boer naar Aantekeningen Uit Zijn Dagboek, Samengesteld door Prof. G. K. Hemkes. Grand Rapids: J. B. Hulst, 1904. This book can be accessed at:;view=1up;seq=28


“Academic Inserts in Contact,” IAPCHE, n.d. To promote Christian Higher Education.

Currently our international Contact is published four times per year — March, June, September, and December.

Each issue includes an academic insert, a scholarly paper that promotes Christian higher education. To upload a paper to be considered for an Academic Insert, click here. You may also email

Copy deadlines for each issue is the 15th of the previous month, i.e. February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15.

Most recent Academic Insert titles are listed here. Click on the title to read the paper.

The above list of inserts is accessible at:

Douglas Todd, “Schools Lost Their Faith.” Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2016. The article can be accessed at:

Derek Schuurman, “Approaches to Christian Education: From Elusive Towards a Larger and Deeper Approach.” Pro Rege, March 2016, pp. 16-22. This article can be accessed at:

Joseph Oh and Nicholas S. Lantinga, “Correlation between Faith and Identity in Korean Christian Higher Education.” Handong Global University, 2015/2016 (23 pp.). This document can be accessed at:,_Joseph__Lantinga,_Nicholas_-_Correlation_between_Faith_and_Identity_in_Korean_Christian_Higher_Education_-_Full_Paper.pdf

Nick Loenen, “BC Independent Schools and Public Funding.” Speech delivered originally to a group of 40 American visitors at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church (CRC), Langley BC, October 4, 2015 and to a meeting of the BC region of CRC at First Vancouver CRC, October 4, 2016.

Hubert R. Krygsman, “Roots and Fruits: State of the University.” Lancaster ON: Redeemer University College. Address delivered by President Krygsman, 27 August 2013 (14 pp.). This document can be accessed at:

Mwenda Ntarangwi, “Journeys that have Shaped My Life.” Contact, IAPCHE September 2012, pp. 2-3. This article can be accessed at:

“Educating for Joy: Inaugural Address.” Hubert R. Krygsman, President Redeemer University College, Lancaster ON, 6 November, 2010. This document can be accessed at:

Isaac N. Mutua, “What Is That in Your Hand? Realizing Africa’s Potential.” Contact, IAPCHE, September 2005, insert (12 pp.). This article may be accessible at:

Herbert R. Krygsman, “The Soul of the Curriculum: A Framework for Integral Christian Education.” Contact, IAPCHE, May 2004, insert (8 pp.).

Roger Henderson, “What Makes a Good Teacher/Leader?” IAPCHE’s Contact, February 2004, p. 3. Reprinted in Comment Magazine, April 11, 2008. This article can be accessed at:

Charles L. Glenn, “Historical Background to Conflicts over Religion in Public Schools.” IAPCHE’s Contact, February 2004, an insert (12 pp.). Also in Pro Rege of Dordt College, Sept 2004, pp. 1-19. This article can be accessed at:

Steven C. Vryhof, Between Memory and Vision: The Case for Faith-Based Schooling. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Publishers: “This is a preview. The total pages displayed will be limited.” Yes, but a large chunk here is better than a mere listing. This document can be accessed at:

Victoria Cunningham, Justice Achieved: The Political Struggle of Independent Schools in British Columbia. Vancouver: Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) in British Columbia, 2002 (311 pp.).

“Shaping Education Policy with Big Ideas and Faith.” The Calvin Spark, winter 2011, p. 47. This article can be accessed at:

This is a one-page summary of Fred Herfst, who spearheaded FISA for 25 years.

Calvin Seerveld, “Reformational Christian Philosophy and Christian College Education.” IAPCHE Newsletter, 2002. This document can be accessed at:

Society of Christian Schools in BC (SCSBC), Langley, BC – and

Christian Schools International, Grand Rapids MI. –

VCS Stars Shine God’s Light, brochure from Vancouver Christian School, n.d.

John Vriend, “No Neutral Ground: Why I’m Committed to Christian Education.” Perspective, Newsletter of the Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship Vol. 7, No. 5 September/October, 1973, pp. 17-21. This article can be accessed at:

A 2017 Note: This newsletter continues to be published with its original name but the publisher is now the Toronto-based Institute for Christian Studies (ICS). The website for ICS is:

Paul Kienel, “Ten Reasons Why You Should Send Your Child To A Christian School,” Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This article can be accessed at:

The website of ACSI is:

Note: While the ICS is Reformational and representative of the spirit underlying this website, that of ACSI is more Evangelical. A knowledgable reader will discern the difference.

David Brooks, “The Cultural Value of Christian Higher Education.” Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, CCCU Advance, Vol. 7/ No. 1. To be accessed at:

Arnold H. DeGraaff, “The Nature and Aim of Christian Education.” An unidentified paper. It can be accessed at:

J. D. Dengerink, “The Necessity of Christian Universities.” The Association for Reformed Scientific Studies, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada n.d. (12pp). This article can be accessed at:


Michael McManus, “Recovery,” a privately shared personal poem, August 2015.


The Recent Same-Sex Marriage Controversy in the CRC:

William De Vries, et al, “Classis Grand Rapids East Study Report on Biblical and Theological Support Currently Offered by Christian Proponents of Same-Sex Marriage.” January 2016 (142 pp.). This report can be accessed at:

“Classis”(plural: “classes”) is a term for regional groups of churches within the CRC.

Gayla R. Postma, “Michigan Classis Accepts Study Report on Same-Sex Marriage, Offers It to Synod 2016.” The Banner, January 2016. This article can be accessed at: AND

Clayton Libolt, “Synod Recommends Pastoral Advice for Same-Sex Marriage.” This article can be accessed at:

Gwyneth Findlay, “Wolterstorff says ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage.” Chimes, October 21, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Nicholas Wolterstorff is one of the CRC’s nationally prominent philosophers. He started out at Calvin College, but after some years moved over to Yale, where he taught many years till his retirement. He introduced me, the owner of this website, to philosophy in 1959. He has publicly declared himself a Kuyperian.

Josh Parks, “CRC leaders wrestle with same-sex marriage: a look at Synod 2016.” Chimes, December 9, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Kevin Wax, “C.S. Lewis Talks to a Dog about Lust.” The Gospel Coalition, February 2, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

Anonymous, “4 Views on Homosexuality and the Bible.”, November 7, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Marshall Segal, “Never Harmless, Never Private, Never Safe: Fighting Porn with Superior Pleasure.” From, October 26, 2016. This article can be accessed at:


International Bulletin of Mission Research, journal of the Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut USA. This journal can be accessed at:

Jan H. Bavinck, Bibliography (English items follow the Dutch ones.), Bavinck Institute. This document can be accessed at:

Keller, Timothy. “Why Should Anyone Become a Christian?” Nov. 11, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Sean McDowell, “Forgiveness: The Most Powerful Apologetics.” July 18, 2016. This article can be accessed at

James K. A. Smith in Dialogue with Richard Mouw about Neo-Calvinism and Anabaptism. Comment, September 20, 2013. This article can be accessed at:

Gordon Carkner, “Empowering Effective Dialogue in Late Modernity.” August, 2012. The document can be accessed at:

Dr. Carkner has a Ph.D. from the University of Wales and Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is currently on the staff of Outreach Canada. He writes a blog at < > and can be reached at < >

Henk G. Geertsema, “…Dialogue of Christian Faith with a Secular Culture….” See Griffioen & Balk under “Writings about Dooyeweerd” above. 1985. Chapter 1, pp. 11-28.

Henry Beets, Johanna of Nigeria: Life and Labors of Johanna Veenstra (S.U.M.). Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids Printing Com., 1937. This book can be accessed at:

NOTE: This book is written by a Christian Reformed Church (CRC) mission administrator and writer about a CRC missionary in Nigeria, neither of whom were Reformational. It is included here to give the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria, which I served for some 30 years, access to their pioneer era.


Andrew Bennett, “Defending a Foundational Freedom.” Convivium, January 10, 2017. This article can be found at:

“In Support of TWU Law School.” Submissions to The Law Society of BC in Support of the Law School Application of Trinity Western University, 2014. These submissions can be accessed at:

International Journal for Religious Freedom (IJRF), International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) of World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2008 (156 pp.) This volume can be accessed at:

Table of Contents of Sample Issue vol. 6, Issue 1 / 2, 2013:

In my Opinion
Conceptual issues in contemporary religious freedom research – Paul Marshall 7
Religious freedom and the twofold work of God in the world – Thomas K Johnson 17
Registration of religious organizations – Anastasia Isaeva 25
Church-State relations and religious freedom in Argentina and Brazil – Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves and Alexandre Walmott Borges 37
How a social engineering project affected Christians in Turkey – Abdullah Kiran 51
Perceptions of Christians in Turkey – Wolfgang Haede 65
Religious freedom in Indonesia – Thomas Schirrmacher 85
Early warning system methodology – David Taylor 97
The Western religions attack on by Western law – Iain T. Benson 111
‘Sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ at the UN – Paul Coleman 127
The European Court of Human Rights – Daniel Ottenberg 143
Religious persecution as a crime against humanity – Lovell Fernandez 157
When can the persecution of Christians be considered as genocide or a crime against humanity? – Werner Nicolaas Nel 173
Apostasy – Christine Schirrmacher 189
Religious cults, religious leaders and the abuse of power – Stephan Pretorius 203
Religious freedom and objectives for intercultural economic development – Antonio Fuccillo & Francesco Sorvillo 217

Christof Sauer (ed.), Bad Urach Statement: Towards an Evangelical Theology of Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom for the Global Church in Mission. WEA Global Issues Series no. 9. Bonn, Germany: Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft Culture and Science Publ. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, 2012 (92 pp.). This document can be accessed at:


Peter Stockland, “Finding, within ourselves, the power to forgive.” A review of the film “Hidden Figures.” Times Colonist, January 19, 2017. Vita Daily, January 19, 2017, Epoch Times, January 19-25. The article is accessible at the following websites.

(Stockland is senior writer with Cardus and publisher of

Calvin Seerveld, review of Tracing the Lines: Spiritual Exercise and the Gesture of Christian Scholarship by Robert Sweetman, IAPCHE, Contact, December 2016, pp. 16-17. Adapted by Harry Fernhout, ed. This article can be accessed at:

Archie T. Wright, The Origin of Evil Spirits: The Reception of Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Jewish Literature. Revised edition. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015. Review by Daniel De Vries. CTJ, Nov. 2016, pp. 324-325. A version of this article can be accessed at:

Heidi De Jonge and Ken Herfst – Albert M. Wolters: Creation Regained: A Transforming View of the World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985; Leicester, UK: InterVarsity Press, 1986. The article itself: Comment, April 23, 2015.

A. Stories about the Book

The article begins thus:

How Creation Regained Changed Everything –

His only regret was expressed in a poignant question: "Why haven't we heard of this before?"

This past April, Comment marked 30 years since the publication of Creation Regained. In our interview with its author, Dr. Albert Wolters, we noted that the little book has had a big influence on emerging churches throughout the globalizing world. But it's also had a profound influence on churches in North America. This week, Comment features a voice from a nascent Reformed church in Latin America while also sharing stories from a pastor based a little closer to home in Kingston, Ontario. We're pleased to feature these stories and we'd love to hear yours! Feel free to drop Comment a note about your experience with Creation Regained, we want to hear it!

The entire article can be accessed at:

B. Interview with Author Albert Wolters in two parts:

Creation Regained At Thirty, Part I

The story behind One of Neo-Calvinism's Biggest Little Books.

by Al Wolters with Brian Dijkema

April 16th, 2015

Dr. Albert Wolters

Sometimes little books have big influence. This month marks thirty years since Al Wolters' little book Creation Regained was published. It might not look impressive at first glance. It's not a tome that will catch anyone's eye on your bookshelf; in fact, it's so small it reads more like a tract or a manifesto. And yet the book has had a tremendous reach, providing Christians across North America and around the globe with a basis for engaging in public life. For many of us here at Cardus, Creation Regained gave us our first taste for public theology.

To celebrate this anniversary we sat down for a conversation with Al Wolters, who shared with us some of the story behind this important little book. We'll feature this interview over the next couple of weeks. Then, later this summer, we'll hear from leading Christian thinkers and practitioners from around the globe talking about how Creation Regained has shaped their work.

Creation Regained At Thirty, Part II

A More Comprehensive View of the Christian Religion.

by Al Wolters with Brian Dijkema

April 23rd, 2015

Here we present the second part of our interview with Al Wolters in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of his important little book, Creation Regained. While our first instalment looked at the back story of this big little book, this segment reflects on how the book has evolved through the years and continues to speak to an increasingly postmodern, and post-Christian[1] West, while influencing the emerging churches throughout the globalizing world in powerful ways. You might be shocked at where this book has turned up and what it still has to say to Christians in public life today.

– The Editors

[1]Note from Boer: I do not accept that the West is in a “post-Christian” phase. Western peoples have experienced godless periods before but revivals have pulled them back to their spiritual roots. There is no telling what God has in store!


I come across shorter articles, some Reformational, some compatible, that are worthy of your attention but so short that they really don’t fit among the longer writings on this page. Hence, they are given space here, short but meaningful, of good quality but not necessarily academic. Enjoy.

Nick Loenen, “Put People before Profit to End the Affordable Housing Crisis.” CC, February 27, 2017, pp. 1-3. This article can be found at at date.

Bob Bruinsma, “God’s Gender: Is God Male or Female?” CC, January 22, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

Note from proprietor of this website: The above entry includes criticism about referring to God as a female, a “she.” I include this article partially because I received the same criticism for so referring to Her in our memoirs. See first entry on the Boeriana page of this website – Every Square Inch.

Justin Taylor, “The Real Reason Porno Shops Don’t Have Windows.” January 5, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

Leonard Vander Zee, “Baptizing Babies.” The Banner, January 2017, p. 38. This article can be accessed at:

Micah van Dijk, “Listen Carefully.” The Banner, January 2017, p. 34. This article can be accessed at: Van Dijk’s website:

David Koyzis, “God’s Kingdom Will Have No End.” CC, December 12, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

Derek Schuurman, “Humanism and Incarnation.” CC, December 12, 2016, p. 21. This article can be found on p. 21 of:

Ruth Everhart, Ruined. Carol Stream IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2016. Named “2017 Book of the Year” by Christianity Today.

Prayer from a pregnant woman who had years earlier been “ruined” by rape. This one item from the book is a pearl I do not want to hide behind a URL (pp. 277-278):

“I was unprepared for the spiritual changes that pregnancy brought, especially the change in how I prayed.

Each day brought many opportunities for prayer – in class, in chapel, at mealtimes. As I’d been taught to do, and as I’d done my whole life, I would begin to pray by bowing my head. But being pregnant changed this simple action. Dropping my chin brought my attention to my belly, which each day was a tablespoon bigger. A prayer would rise from me, a prayer that didn’t need words – certainly not a specific formula. This prayer was formed by an awareness of heartbeats, of blood pulsing through veins, of nourishment moving through a placenta. This prayer was carried to God upon the exhalation of my breath, and began again with inhalation.

At first I fried to insert words into this process, proper words laid in sentences. But why? I could simply let the prayer rise and fall. It’s what my awareness wanted to do: to pause and lift this growing life to God for blessing and then gather that life back to my center. This prayer loop was wordless, spontaneous, unending. This was a loop of breath that was grateful for breath.”

This website is a source for reviews of the book:

Pastors’ Wives Ministry. This online document can be accessed at:

Note from proprietor of this website: I include this item because it is a worthy ministry to worthy people and, secondly, the webmaster for this item is also the webmaster for this website of mine. It is out of gratitude for his work for me that I share this ministry website with you. Thank you, David!

Brandon Showalter, “Tim Keller ‘makes sense of God’ for Skeptics, Argues Secularism Is Declining.” The Christian Post, September 20, 2016. A slightly edited version is at CC, November 28, 2016.

“…most people who…are more thoughtful…, admit that they actually didn’t lose their faith, they just adopted a new faith. They adopted a new community, a new set of beliefs, a new set of moral values, none of which can be proven….”

The original can be accessed at:

Peter Schuurman, “Relevance is over-rated,” a review. CC, November 14, 2016. This article can be accessed at:

“Montana Crow Nation Declares 'Jesus Is Lord.'” CC, January 26, 2015, p. 6. This article can be accessed at:

Anglican Church of Canada, “Litany for Our Country: Prayer for Peace and Country.” Book of Common Prayer, 1928. This document can be accessed at:


“On the lighter side” does not necessarily mean “shallow.” Some entries here may be making serious points but in a humorous way. Especially those predominantly humorous will mostly be taken from the Nigerian scene, since that is where my wife and I spent most of our career lives. Including Nigerian humor is not to ridicule its people so much as to share the delightful humor that you can run into among its amazing citizenry that so often comes up with very creative lines or solutions. Ponder and enjoy!

John Mackie, “The Notorious Nell Pickerel: Transgender Troublemaker Turned Heads in Seattle.” VS, February 25, 2017. This article can be accessed at:

Jonathan Chaplin, “How to Muzzle the Gospel at Christmas.” KLICE Comment, December 2016, the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. For the Institute itself, go to < >.

Chaplin begins his piece “With apologies to C S Lewis” and opens the letter with the salutation, “Dear Wormwood.” The article can be accessed at:

Chris Stein and Dionne Searcey, “Monopoly Tournament in Nigeria Mirrors Chaos of the Real-Life Property Market.” NY Times, October 19, 2016. You can access this article at: