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Our faculty and guest speakers are shaping theological thought around the world. Learn about their latest research, follow a good debate, or find out their views on current affairs.

CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 28, Number 1, Winter 2016 / Leading Ideas

Depression and the Depths of Hell

Author and psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist discusses his struggle with depression and explores the costly insight gained by passing through the darkness.   More…

Companions on the Journey

Sharon Smith shares her vision for equipping pastors and entire church communities to care for people with mental health challenges.   More…

Volume 27, Number 2, Fall 2015

We Are Still Near the Beginning

"If we’re going to talk about sustainability, we’ve got to include the unaccountable. I was talking yesterday about sympathy, imagination, familiarity—those things—that can’t be quantified. They can’t probably be studied. They can’t be euthanized and put into a vial and looked at. They can’t be put on a slide and looked at under a microscope. But they’re real things."   More…

Did Pope Francis Study at Regent?

Loren Wilkinson analyzes the theology behind Francis's latest encyclical and cheekily concludes that the Pope could easily have studied at Regent. Francis warns that the earth’s health is seriously threatened by a global consumer culture.   More…

Detox

According to blogger Sarah Bessey, we all need to detox from something: buying more, getting more likes on Facebook, or “devouring knowledge for our heads but never letting it seep into our hearts.” A detox can help us achieve the real transformation we crave.   More…

Consumed by Overconsumption

In this work of investigative journalism, Julia Cheung goes on a quest to define what “ethical shopping” really means and how to transform the idea into a personal practice.   More…

Volume 27, Number 1, Winter 2015

Falling into Belonging

Confirmed Catholic, raised Charismatic, and married to a Methodist, Erin Lane blogs about the intersection of her faith and feminism at www.holyhellions.com. We recently caught up with her and chatted about her latest book, Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe.   More…

Religion Under Construction

In this video, New York Times op-ed contributor Ross Douthat discusses heresy, orthodoxy and the institutions that make us who we are, giving insightful and thought provoking analysis of North America's contemporary religious climate.   More…

Church and Kingdom: Let’s Get Our Analogies Straight

More than a buzzword for social justice or for redemption, “kingdom” is an oft-misused Christian term. Scot McKnight offers a sizzling biblical corrective and a fiercely radical vision for the role of the local church in the kingdom of God as he shows how common usages of the words "kingdom" and "church" fail to recognize a fundamental element of how the New Testament talks about kingdom   More…

Church: Foundation of Who We Are

Before coming to Regent, Professor Hans Boersma served as a pastor, then taught at Trinity Western University. So he is no stranger to the frequently posed millennial question: is the church an outdated institution? After all, Hans’s main theological interests are Catholic thought, the church fathers, and spiritual interpretation of Scripture. We recently sat down with Hans to talk about why church matters.   More…

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