Friday, May 03, 2019

Looking Back with the Critical Faith Team



We're gettin' sentimental on this episode of Critical Faith--our last for the 2018-2019 school year.

...In which Gideon joins us back in the studio to look back fondly over the past year's episodes and add his own contributions to our previous series on worldview questions.

...In which Mark considers the ongoing influence of generations at ICS and expresses his appreciation of interdisciplinarity.

...And in which Danielle, reliable as ever, punctuates the discussion with maniacal laughter.

We want to thank you all for joining us over the last year and we hope you'll join us again after the summer to hear all the ideas we have brewing for our ongoing adventures in podcasting!


Be sure to note this week's Don't Miss This! items as we head into summer holidays:

1. ICS's convocation and the exaugural address of our former president Dr. Doug Blomberg is happening starting at 7pm on May 17. We hope you'll join us in prayer and celebration! If you're able to do so in person, please find details and RSVP here:
http://news.icscanada.edu/2019/04/ics-convocation-may-2019.html

2. Our latest issue of our newsletter Perspective has just been published! It features stories and reflections from former and current members of the extended ICS family on what they've carried out into the world with them from their times at ICS. You can access the online version of Perspectivehere: https://ir.icscanada.edu/handle/10756/620103

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Keeping the Curiosity Alive with Rebekah Smick


How do we strike a balance between suspending judgments and making them?

This week, we're joined by Rebekah Smick, ICS Senior Member in Philosophy of Arts and Culture. In this episode, Rebekah gives us a brief look at some of the many research, writing, and teaching projects she is currently pursuing that all raise questions about the various roles of images in our thought and spiritual lives. She also reflects on how ICS first helped her find her way into a fulfilling academic life.

Check out this week's Don't Miss This! items:
  • May 25: The Junia's Daughters conference for and about women in ministry at Wycliffe College in Toronto. Discounted tickets are available until April 15! Get yours and find more info on the conference here: http://www.juniasdaughters.ca/
  • July 8: A.A. Bondy concert at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. You can find tickets and a brief write-up on the artist here
Critical Faith is sponsored by the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics (CPRSE) at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. For more, visit www.icscanada.edu.

Music by Matt Bernico.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Certainty Beyond Doubt with Ted Avram


Are we certain things can be certain?

This week, we're joined by Ted Avram, ICS MA student and newly conferred Reverend Minor in the Jesuit Order. In this episode, Ted takes us along on his far-ranging journey across religious traditions, academic disciplines, and international borders that led him to ICS today. Intent on keeping "a foot in both worlds" in his research, he also considers the stakes of certainty in both Reformational and Thomist philosophy.

Check out this week's Don't Miss This! items:
If you're curious, you can also see a short photo story of Ted receiving his minor orders here, to find out what it's all about: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2019/03/abp-prendergast-confers-minor-orders-in.html#.XJqVHCjYq00



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Rise and Fall of American Social Christianity with Heath W. Carter


Where do Christian faith and politics meet? And how is the church called to address inequality?

Once every term, ICS hosts a Scripture, Faith, and Scholarship Seminar where we bring in a scholar, public intellectual, or social activist to talk to the ICS community about the work and/or research that they do and about the way it intersects with their faith lives.

Back in January, we were joined by Dr. Heath W. Carter, associate professor of history at Valparaiso University in Chicago, who had just been awarded the 2018 Emerging Public Intellectual Award. Dr. Carter talked to us about legacies of social Christianity in the U.S. and the "New Gilded Age" of current American politics, as well as raised questions of how Christians today might work to address the realities of social and political inequality.

Critical Faith is sponsored by the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. For more, visit www.icscanada.edu.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Own It with Samir Gassanov



And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
-Acts 2:44-45

This week, we're joined by Samir Gassanov, ICS PhD student and former Bay Street property lawyer. In this episode, Sam sheds some light on his unfolding research into a Christian understanding of property, asking what it might mean to have a more deeply human view of ownership, and takes us on his winding journey into, out of, and back to academics.

Check out this week's Don't Miss This! items:

Monday, March 04, 2019

Step Out Bravely with Ronald A. Kuipers


How do you discern a calling to graduate studies?

This week, ICS President and Senior Member in Philosophy of Religion Dr. Ronald A. Kuipers rejoins the podcast to continue the narration of his academic journey. Last time, he reflected on his undergraduate years. This time, he shares with us factors and mentors that shaped his decision to pursue an MA and PhD.

Check out this week's Don't Miss This! items:

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Technology of Religion with Dean Dettloff


What has technology to do with Christianity?

This week, we're joined by Dean Dettloff, ICS PhD candidate and podcasting master. Dean is a founding father of Critical Faith, and we're very excited to have him join us once again to share the latest on his journey to ICS, his current dissertation research on technology and Christianity, and his teaching and social activism. After this introduction to what Dean's doing, you can hear more from him (and his co-host Matt Bernico) on their own podcast on Christianity and the Left: The Magnificast.

Check out this week's Don't Miss This! items:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Compassion in Exile with Jim Olthuis


Voila! We're back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This week, we're joined by Jim Olthuis, ICS Emeritus professor of philosophical theology and practicing psychotherapist. Jim has been at ICS from the beginning and has spent his life thinking about and living out love. Join us as he leads us through the wild spaces and reflects on his academic journey.

Check out this week's Don't Miss This items:
ICS's Undergraduate Workshop - God & Politics: Religion and Public Life in the 21st Century

The Sad Boys Literary Society's poetry reading on March 6

Monday, February 11, 2019

Big Questions at ICS with Grace Carhart Pt. IV: Worldview


What is worldview and why does it matter?

This is the final episode in our short series on thinking through some of life's big questions. So far, ICS Junior Member Grace Carhart has interviewed Senior Members Nik Ansell, Ronald A. Kuipers, Rebekah Smick, and Bob Sweetman on the themes of wonderheartbreak, and hope from within their respective disciplines.

This week, Grace and our SMs wrap things up by reflecting on how all these big questions might pertain to our everyday lives and vice versa.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Big Questions at ICS with Grace Carhart Pt. III: Hope


Is hope dangerous?

This is the third in a short series of Critical Faith episodes based on thinking through some of life's big questions. ICS Junior Member Grace Carhart has conducted a series of interviews with ICS Senior Members Nik Ansell, Ronald A. Kuipers, Rebekah Smick, and Bob Sweetman; asking them to reflect on the themes of wonderheartbreakhope, and worldview from within their respective disciplines.

This week, Grace and our SMs consider the dangers and possibilities of hope.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Big Questions at ICS with Grace Carhart Pt. II: Heartbreak


How do we live with heartbreak--and live well?

This is the second in a short series of Critical Faith episodes based on guiding worldview questions. ICS Junior Member Grace Carhart has conducted a series of interviews with ICS Senior Members Nik Ansell, Ronald A. Kuipers, Rebekah Smick, and Bob Sweetman; asking them to reflect on the themes of wonder, heartbreak, hope, and worldview from within their respective disciplines.

This week, Grace asks our SMs to share their insights on the heartbreak.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Big Questions at ICS with Grace Carhart Pt. I: Wonder


Do you ever wonder?

This is the first in a short series of Critical Faith episodes based on guiding worldview questions. ICS Junior Member Grace Carhart has conducted a series of interviews of ICS Senior Members, asking them to reflect on the themes of wonder, heartbreak, hope, and worldview from within their respective disciplines.

This week, Grace guides us through a deep and deepening discussion of wonder.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Breathing Life into Practice with Emily Briggson & Nik Ansell


To jump into the new year, this week's episode is a change of pace and a chance to highlight some voices of the broader ICS community.

For the first portion of this episode, we're taking a moment to express our thanks to those who came to our Open House in December by featuring some vignettes of their hopes for the future of ICS. And in the second portion, we're joined by Senior Member in theology Nik Ansell and friend of ICS and yoga instructor-in-training Emily Briggson for a conversation about the connections and differences between their studies and practices.

Enjoy!