Faculty Research Update
A short summary of the November scholarly accomplishments of Redeemer faculty

Congratulations to all on these scholarly accomplishments!

Dr. Kevin Flatt discusses the history of Christianity and immigration in his article Pier 21: Canadian Evangelicalism is an immigrant faith for Faith Today: “Today’s immigration is potentially an enormous boost to Canadian Christianity. Immigration brings the unreached world to our doorstep. This is a tremendous opportunity. Will today’s Evangelicals, like those of previous eras, answer the call?”

Why is learning from the past particularly important today? Dr. Kevin Flatt tackles this question for Comment magazine in his article Lessons for an amnesiac society: How to remember in an age of disruption.

Has socialism failed to make an impact in the US? Dr. David Koyzis explores socialism’s resurrection in US politics in his article Socialism in America? for First Things magazine.

Dr. Robert Joustra explores What’s next for Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom? in an opinion piece for Embassy: “The genius of Canada, regardless of its political masters, is a tradition and a legacy of living together amidst, rather than despite, our deepest diversity.” Please note reading this article requires a subscription to Embassy, or signing up for a free trial of the site.

Dr. Derek Schuurman discusses Technology and the Church for God & Nature Magazine: “Although there are certain constants in Christian worship, such as the preaching of the word and administering the sacraments, worship also reflects the traditions and context in which people live. The style of music, the aesthetics of worship, the language spoken, and church architecture have all been shaped, to one extent or another, by the surrounding culture. Technology, as part of culture, has also shaped the church in significant ways.”

Dr. Derek Schuurman explores the philosophy of artificial intelligence in his article The Rapture of the Geek for In All Things: “What is a mind? Will machines be able to think as humans do or can they just calculate? What does it mean to be human? What is the difference between people and machines? Could machines ever have free will? The way in which questions such as these are answered reveals certain philosophical presuppositions about what it means to be human.”

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