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CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 32, Number 2, Fall 2020 / Leading Ideas
Studies of Peasants. Attributed to Herman Saftleven II.

Quintessential Christian Humanist

As tributes to J. I. Packer have arisen from all over the world, people clearly remember him for many different things, demonstrating both the breadth of his scholarship and the profound personal impact he made on so many. As a theologian who now holds the Theology Chair named after him, I suggest that we should remember Packer as a Christian humanist.   More…

Retrieval for the Sake of Renewal

On his eightieth birthday, I described Jim Packer as the Robin Hood of evangelicalism, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. I invited the audience, with him present, to imagine him in Lincoln green and stockings with a long bow. I think I saw a wry smile from him in response.   More…

Anglicanism is a Pastoral Form of Christianity

Everybody acknowledges that Anglicanism is a pastoral form of Christianity. It took shape in a pastoral situation where England was already divided into something like ten thousand parishes, as they were and are called—local geographical areas, each with its own church and priest. That arrangement was in place before the Reformation began. And the Reformers were thinking of ministry in the parishes at every stage in their reform­ing work.   More…

Volume 31, Number 1, Spring 2020

Abandoning Earth: Personhood and the Techno-Fiction of Transhumanism

How has the history of western thought facilitated the rise of transhumanism? Jens Zimmerman addresses this question, mapping the relationship between society’s collective imagination, humanity’s embodied cognition, and modernity’s Cartesian legacy.   More…

Coronavirus and the Communion of the Saints

Historian Bruce Hindmarsh weaves together two COVID 19 stories: His own story of attempting to return to Canada from abroad amidst COVID 19 panic, and the many-layered tale of the Christian church dealing with dangerous infectious disease over the centuries.   More…

Bodily Love: Catherine of Siena on Loving Our Neighbours in Troubled Times

Cindy Aalders excavates Catherine of Siena's life and writing, uncovering the source of her social responsibility during the 14th-century bubonic plague: an attitude towards neighbour that was deeply embodied, and inseparable from Catherine's devout spiritual life.   More…

Three Bodies United in One: A Holistic Theology of the Body

Ross Hastings examines the theological implications of 1 Corinthians 10:16–17, suggesting that all bodies—from our own flesh and bones to the global church—find their truest identity by relational participation in the ascended body of Christ.   More…

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