DAVID KOYZIS, GLOBAL SCHOLAR

David Koyzis has been with Global Scholars Canada since 2019. He is an academic political scientist with a PhD in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where he wrote a dissertation comparing the political thought of Herman Dooyeweerd and Yves R. Simon. David taught political science at Redeemer University College for thirty years, mentoring hundreds of young people who have gone on to contribute to public life in Canada and elsewhere. In recent years he has broadened his academic ministry through contacts in Brazil, Pakistan, Ukraine, Indonesia, Germany, Finland, and elsewhere.

Mission statement: My mission is to disseminate to the larger world the riches of a Reformed Christian worldview, especially as it impinges on social and political life. More specifically, I aim:

  1. to expose the idolatrous religious nature of political ideologies and their implications for our shared public life;
  2. to affirm the role of authority in human flourishing; and
  3. to connect our political cultures with the institutions they nurture.

To facilitate these aims I anticipate using my two published books, Political Visions and Illusions (InterVarsity Press, 2019) and We Answer to Another (Pickwick Publications, 2014), and thirty years of teaching experience to reach interested readers in Canada, the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere; to teach seminar courses, both in person and online; to continue to publish in my field; and to travel when necessary.

Koyzis has published two books, one of which has been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil:

 


Commendations for Political Visions and Illusions

Definitely the best book I’ve read on the current state of political thinking happening among evangelicals in 2020.

— Rev. Timothy Keller, 22 July 2020, Twitter

If you want to have a coherent view of Christianity and politics . . . you need to read David Koyzis’ book. It’s the best book in Portuguese on the subject, and it will be one of the textbooks for our forum on faith and politics. In these times of ‘divided souls,’ this book presents a Reformed perspective on this complex relationship. Worth every penny!

— Cristiano Franco, Pastor, Igreja Presbiteriana do Brasil, 5 September 2018, Facebook

Although the first edition of Political Visions and Illusions has already been praised in Brazil as an invaluable tool of Christian political formation, from young students and clergy to federal prosecutors and career politicians, the new edition confirms itself as a classic . . . . The new edition . . . carries the promise to be an even greater blessing for the Christian political mind. I hope we will have it in Portuguese soon.

— Guilherme de Carvalho, L’Abri Fellowship Brazil

It is a profound and at the same time accessible book. It is also balanced, and we sense the author’s quest to hear all the different positions. It is a book that invites dialogue without disparaging either side of the political spectrum. But above all, it makes us rethink our ideologies and where we place our hope, bringing us back to the centre of God’s will. Our trust must be in God, the one who redeems his creation. Our mission on earth is to reconcile all of creation, without leaving a single square centimeter out. This book helps to point the way for political action.

— Luiz Adriano Borges, Professor, Federal Technical University of Parana, Toledo, Brazil

Thanks for this outstanding work. I wish I'd had this book in college. It would have given me the orientation I needed for a liberal arts education that took everything apart with no indication why or plans to put any of it back together!

Dr. Tim Filston, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Thomasville, Georgia

  

 

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