Dear Global Scholars friends and supporters:
We are well into 2021 and enduring a moderately harsh winter (in the northern hemisphere of course) and the continuing global pandemic with its frustrating local quarantines. I wish every one of you the requisite patience until God in his mercy sees fit to improve our current circumstances.
Here is a roundup of my activities over the past weeks.
I have long been an aficionado of the late Sir Bernard Crick's classic In Defence of Politics (1962). Those of you whom I taught will remember reading selections from it in my courses. Last month I wrote a brief blog post: Defending ordinary politics: Crick's contribution, along with a video commentary. Crick's contribution consists in reminding us that ordinary politics is irreplaceable and enables people to get along despite their differences.
Later in the month YesTV's Maggie John interviewed me on the unpleasantness in Washington for Context.
In response to an article in The New York Times connecting the 19th/20th-century Dutch statesman Abraham Kuyper and the Capitol riot, I wrote this: Misreading Kuyper? Stewart, Hawley, and The New York Times.
In the 1990s a protracted crisis in New Zealand prompted that country to implement electoral reform, which I suggest here is badly needed in North America, especially after the disputed American presidential contest: Electoral reform at last? The case for representation.
My recorded lectures for the Jonathan Edwards Seminar in Brazil are now available online with Portuguese subtitles. The title for the course is Christianity and Political Ideologies. (The blog link is in Portuguese.)
Mike Wagenman, author of Engaging the World with Abraham Kuyper, interviewed me for The Layman's Lounge on the subject of Civil Society in a Time of Division.
Earlier this month Jeff Fountain, of the Schuman Centre for European Studies, interviewed me extensively on the subject of my Political Visions and Illusions. The Schuman Centre is named for French statesman Robert Schuman, a devout Christian and one of the architects of the European Union in the 1950s.
Today the Cateclesia Institute posted my review of Carl Trueman's book. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: The Enthroned Self: Carl Trueman’s Account of a Revolution.
For those interested in following my activities on a continuing basis, please take a look at blog: Notes from a Byzantine-Rite Calvinist, where I link also to articles of interest and other items.
Thanks once more to those of you who have generously contributed to my work with Global Scholars. Some of you I have contacted directly either by phone or by email. I hope to connect with the remainder of you soon. GSC has set up a new page for giving. Once you are in the page, scroll down to the heading marked DONATION DETAILS, and then choose one of the options under FUND. Americans may donate through our sister organization in the US. May God be with all of you and keep you in his care during these uncertain times.