Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Lesson in Hilarity with Aron Reppmann


How can we cultivate compassion?

This week, we're joined by Critical Faith superfan Aron Reppmann. Aron teaches philosophy at Trinity Christian College near Chicago and currently chairs the ICS Senate. In this episode, Aron shares with us some advice from Augustine on how to cultivate hilaritas as an educator and a learner.

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.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Empowering Protagonists of Social Change with Eric Farr


How can we learn to really listen to youth?

This week, we're joined by Eric Farr who works with youth in the Baha'i community and is currently researching the dynamics of youth empowerment and engagement in communities at the University of Toronto. Eric's research raises questions about what it means to actually build up youth in the context of religious and community life and how such empowerment means learning to see paths beyond resistance.

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.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Working Against Society's Ills with Kiegan Irish


How can we resist the pressure to treat people like they're just statistics?

This week, recent ICS graduate Kiegan Irish joins us to talk about his transition from graduate studies in philosophy to his work at The Working Centre in Kitchener, a community project focused on creating an environment of support and opportunity for those pushed to the margins of society. In this episode, Kiegan considers how attending to people's particular stories can counter societal evils.

If you'd like to find out more about The Working Centre, you can visit their website and read more about the centre's events and projects, as well as find the book Kiegan mentions, Transition to Common Work by Working Centre founders Joe and Stephanie Mancini.

Kiegan also hosts a podcast called The Poplar Tapes on politics and current social issues. If you're interested in hearing more from Kiegan on politics and philosophy, you can have a listen here.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Recognizing Forgiveness with Andrew Tebbutt


What does forgiveness make possible?

This week, ICS alum and University of Toronto PhD candidate Andrew Tebbutt joins us to explain a bit about his PhD research on the idea of forgiveness in Hegel's philosophy of religion. In particular, he explores how forgiveness calls us to take account of each other's finite character, and opens us up to other possible ways of discernment.

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.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Slow Fashion and Creative Counter-Activity with Julia de Boer


Can fashion make a difference to the world?

This week, ICS PhD student and resident avid knitter Julia de Boer shares some of her personal experiences and reflections on the importance of slow fashion as a mode of resistance. In this episode, she describes some of the far-reaching ecological and political effects of our fashion choices and considers how slow fashion offers a tangible way to live justly and act aesthetically in the world. 

Julia also shares with us some resources on slow and sustainable fashion, including Whitney Bauck (@unwrinkling), whose articles on fashion and theology can be found here: https://fashionista.com/author/whitney-bauck.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

What is Required of You? Apartheid, Armed Resistance, and Aftermath with Gideon Strauss Pt. II


How do you reconcile irreconcilable differences?

Last week, ICS Academic Dean Gideon Strauss joined us to share a bit about his own experiences in both apartheid and post-apartheid South African politics. This week, we're sharing with you the second half of this interview, in which Gideon reflects on the time he spent with South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

What is Required of You? Apartheid, Armed Resistance, and Aftermath with Gideon Strauss Pt. I


What do you do when the authority or government under which you live is evil?

This week, our new Critical Faith co-host Theoren Tolsma helped us welcome returning guest and ICS Academic Dean Gideon Strauss back to the podcasting studio. Gideon makes regular pilgrimages back to his home country of South Africa every summer, and is greatly invested in the ongoing politics in the region. So we asked him to share a bit about his own experiences in both apartheid and post-apartheid South African politics. This week, we're sharing with you the first part of this two-part interview, in which Gideon reflects on how he first came to terms with a theology and politics of armed resistance.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Possibility over Futility with Ronald A. Kuipers


Why talk about evil, resistance, and judgment?

This week, we welcome ICS President and resident Hannah Arendt expert Ronald A. Kuipers back to the podcast. He shares with us some background on the inspiration for the themes of our podcast this semester, and discusses the insights and the hope Arendt has offered his own scholarship and might continue to offer public discourse today.

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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Voices at ICS: A Junior Member Introduction


We're excited for the start of a new school year and the renewed energy that new Junior Members bring. To welcome these JMs to their ICS home, we asked some of them to share a bit about themselves, their academic backgrounds, what brought them to ICS, and the burning questions they bring with them. So we were joined in the podcast studio by Theoren Tolsma, Abbi Hofstede, and June Moon, and we're pleased to have the chance to introduce them to you now!

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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Problem is Not the Problem; The Response is the Problem - Season 3 Intro


Critical Faith is back for Season 3!

In the spirit of Hannah Arendt, our episodes this semester will be centered on the themes of evil, resistance, and judgment. To warm ourselves back up to the podcasting rhythm, Mark, Danielle, Hector, and Grace got together to have an impromptu conversation about these themes as a kind of pre-introduction introduction to some questions that the themes raise for us in the context of our own work:
  • How do we address paralysis in the face of evil?
  • From where do the resources for resistance arise?
  • Are passing judgments on evil and enacting reconciliation both equally possible?
These themes will occupy us and our guests for the rest of the semester, so we hope this episode will whet your appetites for the conversations to come!

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.

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.

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