Welcome to the virtual home of many of the public opinions I still more or less believe. Below is the list of things I’ve written or contributed to, which is more of a virtual archive for my own purposes than it is intended for real persons to slog through. But if you’re looking for something specific, you can Control-F your way to it.
Professional Status and Affiliations
Director, The Centre for Christian Scholarship
Redeemer University College, 2014-present.
Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies
Redeemer University College, 2013-present (courses).
Editorial Fellow, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 2013-present.
Fellow, The Center for Public Justice
Ph.D. Politics & International Studies. University of Bath, 2013.
Dissertation: “The religious problem in religious freedom: why international theory needs political theology”
Supervisors: Dr. Scott Thomas and Dr. Adrian Hyde-Price
M.A., Globalization Studies. McMaster University (Hamilton), 2007.
Thesis: “The Lullaby of Argus Panoptes: Toward a Cosmological Conversation on Universal Human Rights”
Supervisor: Dr. Marshall Beier
B.A., Honours History, Political Science. Redeemer University College (Ancaster), 2005.
Senior Thesis: “The Tatar Yoke: An Historiographical Inquiry into the Mongol Impact on the Russian State”
Supervisor: Dr. James R. Payton
Under contract: Globalization and the Kingdom of God: Augustinian Realism for Terrifying Times. Eerdmans, due December 2019.
The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology. Routledge, August 2017.
And Alissa Wilkinson. How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World. Eerdmans, 2016.
And Jordan Ballor, Editors. The Church’s Social Responsibility: Reflections on Evangelicalism and Social Justice. Christian Library Press, 2015.
And Kevin den Dulk. The Church and Religious Persecution. Calvin College Press, 2015.
And Jonathan Chaplin, Editors. God and Global Order: The Power of Religion in American Foreign Policy. Baylor University Press, 2010.
Academic and Peer-Reviewed Chapters and Articles
Forthcoming: “A Clash of Rival Apostasies? The Religious Problem and the Clash of Civilizations at 25” in The Christian Scholars Review, 25th Anniversary collection on The Clash of Civilizations, Summer 2018.
Forthcoming: “The Postsecular Prophets: Abraham Kuyper and Martin Wight’s Early Christian Realism as Guides for God’s Century” in Justin Beaumont (Ed), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity. Routledge, 2018.
And Mariano Barbato, guest editor. The Review of Faith & International Affairs, special issue. “Popes on the Rise! Mobilization, Media, and Political Power of the Modern Papacy.” Vol. 15, Issue 4 (2017).
“Rerum Novarum and the Right to Work” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 15, Issue 4 (2017).
“Abraham Kuyper Among the Nations” in Politics & Religion, 10(3) 2017.
“Advice for the Next American President: Commonwealth Collaboration, Cooperation, and Concern on Freedom of Religion or Belief,” The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Volume 14, Issue 2, 2016.
“The Isaiah Wall and the World: Origins and Outlook of the Bible and U.N. Peacekeeping” in Christian Romocea and Mohammed Girma, Democracy, Conflict, & The Bible: Reflections on the role of the Bible in International Affairs. The International Bible Advocacy Centre (IBAC), 2015.
“Revolutions in Political Theology: ‘Protestant’ Sovereignty and the International System” in John Dyck, Paul Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann (Eds), Whose Will be Done? Essays on Sovereignty and Religion. Lexington, 2015.
“Three Rival Versions of the Religious Freedom: What Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom Can Teach Us About Principled Pluralism” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 12 Issue 3 2014.
“Religious Freedom beyond Rights: Retrospective lessons from America’s Office of Religious Freedom” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 11, Issue 1 2013.
“Always Reforming: Protestantism and International Security” in Dennis Hoover and Chris Seiple, and Pauletta Otis (Eds), Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security. Routledge, 2012.
“Globalization and Religious Fundamentalism” in Mike Goheen and Erin Glanville (Eds), The Gospel and Globalization: Exploring the Roots of a Globalized World. Vancouver: Regent College Press and Geneva Society; Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2009.
Selected Publications, Popular and Professional
* weekly blogs for Cardus (2008-2013) not listed, but can be found here.
* blogs for the arc of the universe (Notre Dame Center for Civil & Human Rights) not listed, but can be found here.
“Globalization and the Kingdom of God” in The Public Justice Review Vol. 15 2017.
“We need to Talk About Justice” in The Banner, July 28 2017.
“Freedom of Religion and the Interior Life of Civilization” in Berkley Forum, May 12 2017.
And Alissa Wilkinson, “The Politics of Apocalypse” in Convivium, April 24 2017.
“You are Not Alone: Why America Needs the World on FoRB” in Berkely Forum, March 31 2017.
“The Pope’s Divisions” in Berkley Forum, February 21, 2017.
“Still in Demand: Why the World Needs America” in Capital Commentary, October 31 2016.
“The Bachelor and the Apocalypse” in EerdWord, the Eerdmans blog. April 4, 2016.
“Some Canadian Advice for the Next President: Don’t Treat Religious Freedom Like an American Possession” in Cornerstone, February 24 2016.
“The Isaiah Wall and the World: Peacekeeping in a World Without Peace to Keep” in Capital Commentary, February 17 2016.
“Does the Church Have a Social Responsibility?” in Capital Commentary, December 14 2015.
“What’s next for Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom?” in Embassy magazine, November 19 2015.
“Talking God in foreign policy this election” in Embassy magazine, August 18 2015.
“John Calvin and the Caliphate” in Capital Commentary, August 10 2015.
“The International Institutionalism We Need Now” in Capital Commentary, June 15 2015.
“Think religion is dead? Just look at Game of Thrones” in The Washington Post, June 7 2015.
“Mocking God: Freedom of Speech in a Blasphemous World” in The Banner, June 4 2015.
“The battle against Islamic State must include a postwar plan” in The Globe and Mail, March 24 2015.
“Religion runs through the rate cut” in Embassy magazine, February 4 2015.
“The Religious Turn in Canadian Foreign Policy” in C2C: Ideas that Lead. Vol. 8 Issue 3, Winter 2014.
“How competitive diversity can improve our colleges and universities” in The Globe and Mail, October 30 2014.
“Will Churches Stand up for Christians?” in Cornerstone, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown, September 3 2014.
“Who’s Afraid of Secularism?” in Comment magazine, August 21 2014.
“Cease-fires and the fog of war” in Think Christian, July 28 2014.
“Religious Nationalism Will Undermine the Indian Economy” in On Faith, May 19 2014.
“How Evangelicalism is Getting Its Reformed Groove Back” in The Banner, May 9 2014.
“Keep Calm and Fight the Cylons” in Q Ideas, February 5, 2014.
“In defense of Christian bubbles” in Think Christian, September 7, 2013.
“Quebec’s Charter plan is not about symbols – it threatens religion itself” in The Globe and Mail, August 22 2013.
“John Baird is right – and Christians ought to say so” in The Calgary Herald, August 16 2013.
“The Living Faith of the Dead – The Icon of Guy Gavriel Kay’s ‘Quarter-Turn to the Fantastic’” for Convivium Volume 2, No. 8. August/September 2013.
“Having faith in the system” in Think Christian, July 28 2013.
“Bringing Religion into Foreign Policy: An Essentially Contested Labour” for The Canadian International Council, Open Canada. June 27, 2013.
“Stockholm, Istanbul and the danger in the secular divide” in Think Christian, June 7 2013.
With Geoff Cameron, “The Key to Religious Freedom in Iran” for The Canadian International Council, Open Canada. May 22, 2013.
“Educating the world about Iran’s persecution of the Baha’i faith” for The National Post, May 13 2013.
“Children of atom, children of Eve” in Think Christian, May10 2013.
“How big a stick should Christian foreign policy carry in North Korea?” in Think Christian, April 11 2013.
“Meet the New Boss” in Convivium Vol. 1 No. 5, November/December 2012.
“The Monsters under our Political Beds: Boss, Aaron Sorkin, and Alasdair MacIntyre on faith in our common life” in Comment magazine, October 12 2012.
“Where’s our ambassador for religious freedom” in The Globe and Mail, September 14 2012.
“Defining justice in Libya and Egypt” in Think Christian, September 14 2012.
“How the Berenstain Bears enhance the Ten Commandments” in Think Christian, February 28 2012.
“Beware the secular atheocracy” in The Globe and Mail, February 22 2012.
“Seeking justice in Syria” in Think Christian, January 29 2012.
“Monitoring religious freedom is tricky work” in The Calgary Herald, September 28 2011.
“British rioting met with justice and mercy” in The Calgary Herald, August 14 2011.
“Space shuttles a reminder of America’s more ambitious times” in The Calgary Herald, July 31 2011.
“The Power of Pottermania: Why you can’t afford to miss The Deathly Hallows” in Comment magazine, July 15 2011.
“Canada’s coming Enigma – religion and politics” in The Calgary Herald. Reposted at the National Post, May 31 2011.
With Alissa Wilkinson, “Bringing Balance to the Dinner Table: Robert Paarlberg v. Wendell Berry” in Books & Culture. May/June 2011.
“Being Good Samaritans in Libya and Ivory Coast” for Think Christian, April 5 2011.
“The F-35: Not whether to buy it, but why” in The Globe and Mail. April 1, 2011.
With Alissa Wilkinson, “Not their parents’ conservatism” in The Globe and Mail, November 29 2010.
“Doing Public Life and (Still) Believing Stuff: Meditations on Andrej Rublev’s Icon of the Holy Trinity” in Comment magazine, Spring 2010.
“Saving the world takes more than an English degree” in Comment magazine, April 1 2010.
“Fair Trade and Dead Aid: My Voice Can’t Compete with an Electric Guitar” in Comment magazine, November 6 2009.
“Recovering Christian Realism in Terrifying Times” in Comment magazine, March 13 2009.
“Knee-deep in Hot Fuzz” in Comment magazine, March 1 2009.
Selected Reviews, Academic and Popular
Forthcoming: “To be Fully Human” a review of Hans-Martien ten Napel’s Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom for The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Summer 2018.
“The Politics of the Good Samaritan” a review of Nick Spencer’s The Political Samaritan (Bloomsbury, 2017) for Comment magazine, January 2018.
“Do we need a foreign policy Pope?” a review of Walter A. McDougall’s The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest (Yale, 2016) for Comment magazine Vol. 35 Issue 2, Summer 2017.
“Exporting Freedom” a review of Anna Su’s Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power (Harvard, 2016) for The American Historical Review (Vol. 122, Issue 1, 2017).
“Beyond Religious Freedom” a review of Elizabeth Shakman Hurd’s Beyond Religious Freedom and Saba Mahmood’s Religious Difference in a Secular Age in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Volume 14 Issue 3, 2016.
“Political Secularism, Religion, and the State” a review of Jonathan Fox’s Political Secularism, Religion, and the State: A Time Series Analysis of Worldwide Data in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2016.
“Whose Religion? Which Flourishing” a review of Miroslav Volf’s Flourishing for Comment, February 17, 2016.
“Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times” a review of Joseph Chan’s Confucian Perfectionism in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2015.
“The Varieties of Religious Repression” a review of Ani Sarkissian, The Varieties of Religious Repression: Why Governments Restricts Religion in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Volume 13, Issue 3, 2015.
“The System Worked” a review of Daniel Drezner’s The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression in Books & Culture, July/August 2015.
“Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms” a review of Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East in Books & Culture, February 2015.
“Our Haunted Aged: A review of How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor, by James K.A. Smith” in The Literary Review of Canada, November 2014.
“The Maze Runner: A copycat of a copycat, and not a good one” in Christianity Today, September 23 2014. A review of The Maze Runner (movie).
“Charles Taylor Explained: Clarifying the secular” in Books & Culture, September/October 2014.
“Politics, Pilgrimage and International Relations” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 12 Issue 3 2014. A review of Mariano Barbato’s Politics, Pilgrimage and International Relations.
“Religion and the Realist Tradition: From Political Theology to International Relations Theory and Back” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 12 Issue 2, 2014. A review of Jodok Troy’s (Ed) Religion and the Realist Tradition.
“Gary Haugen Gets His Kuyper On” in Books & Culture, February 2014. A review of Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press, 2013).
A review for The Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol 16 N. 2 of James Wellman and Clark Lombardi (Eds), Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2012).
“Ender’s Game: The Enemy’s Gate is Down” in Christianity Today, November 1 2013. A review of the movie Ender’s Game.
“Christian Approaches to International Affairs” in The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 11 Issue 3 2013. A review of Jodok Troy’s Christian Approaches to International Affairs.
“Coptic Christianity Meets the Modern World” in Christianity Today, August 25 2013. An interview with Samuel Tadros on Motherland Lost.
“A Clash of Pentecosts” for Books & Culture, September/October 2013. A review of Emile Perreau-Saussine’s Catholicism and Democracy.
“Religious Freedom is not a Zero-Sum Game” for Christianity Today, April 22 2013. A review of Paul Marshall, Nina Shea, and Lila Gilbert’s Persecuted.
“The Absurdity of Reconciliation” for Comment magazine, September 7 2012. A review of Daniel Philpott’s Just and Unjust Peace.
“A Jerusalem Lost” for Christianity Today, September 2012. A review of Melanie Kirkpatrick’s Escape from North Korea.
“The Return of the Dragons” for Books & Culture, April 2012. A review of George R.R. Martin’s Dancing with Dragons.
“One Story to Rule Them All: Is there such a thing as a monoculture?” for Comment magazine, January 27 2012. A review of F.S. Michaels’ Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything.
A review of Emmanuel Katongole’s The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa, for Evangelical Quarterly, London School of Theology. October 2011.
“Century for sale, buyer beware” for Books & Culture, September/October, 2011. A review of God’s Century, Republished at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, Georgetown University.
“I Tweeted Hugo Chavez” in Comment magazine, May 30 2011. A review of Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion.
A review of Ivan Strenski’s Why Politics Can’t be Freed from Religion, for Evangelical Quarterly, London School of Theology. April, 2011.
“The Embarrassment of Power: Does Constantine need Defending?” in Comment magazine, March 25 2011. A review of Peter Liethart’s Defending Constantine.
“Let the Little Children Come to Me” for The Other Journal, March 2011. A review of Jeffrey Overstreet’s The Ale Boy’s Feast.
“The Ecumenical Social Justice Ship: Full Steam Ahead or Teetering Titanic?” in Comment magazine, September 24 2010. A review of Jordan Ballor’s Ecumenical Babel.
“Here there be Dragons” in Comment magazine, May 28 2010. A review of Jeffrey Overstreet’s Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, and Raven’s Ladder.
“The (not so) Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire” for The Review of Faith and International Affairs. A review of Edward Luttwack’s The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire. Fall, 2010.
Selected Activities and Presentations
Lecturer, Acton University. “The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom,” in Grand Rapids (MI), June 20-24 2017.
“Paper, “Abraham Kuyper’s Foreign Policy” at the International Reformed Theological Institute, Hong Kong (China), June 14-17 2017.
Lecture, “Idols of our Time” and “The Church’s Social Responsibility” in Richard Mouw’s Christian Ethics at Fuller Theology Seminary (CA), May 2 2017.
Paper, “Abraham Kuyper Among the Nations” at the Henry Institute Symposium for Religion & Politics, Grand Rapids (MI), April 27-April 29 2017.
Paper, at Popes on the Rise! Mobilization, Media, and Political Power of the Modern Papacy (Centrum fur Religion du Moderne, Munster). “Rerum Novraum and the Right to Work: Nineteenth Century Lessons for Twenty-First Century Labour.” Campo Santo Teutonico, Vatican (Rome), March 22-26, 2017.
Paper, at the fourth international neo-Calvinist convention: Another Religion? Neo-Calvinism and Islam. “Kuyper Among the Nations: From Principled Pluralism to Track 1.5 Diplomacy,” in Kampen (NL), August 25-27, 2016.
Lecturer, Acton University. “The Church’s Social Responsibility” and “The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom,” in Grand Rapids (MI), June 14-18, 2016.
Calvin College Summer School, hosted by Kevin R. den Dulk and James K.A. Smith, “Cultivating Faithful Citizens in a Pluralistic Society,” at Calvin College (GR), June 12-17, 2016.
Lecture in Richard Mouw’s Christ & Culture, “Updating Kuyper for the End of the World,” at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California). May 18, 2016.
UCSIA Summer School, “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation,” at the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium). August 24-30, 2015.
Paper, “A Third Rome? The Religious Roots of Resurgent Russian Nationalism” at the Canadian Political Science Association, Ottawa (ON), May 30 – June 5, 2015.
Panel, “What does ISIS Want?” at the Henry Institute Symposium for Religion & Politics, Grand Rapids (MI), April 29-May 1 2015.
Paper, “Kuyper and Foreign Policy” at the Henry Institute Symposium for Religion & Politics, Grand Rapids (MI), April 29-May 1 2015.
Invited Observer, on behalf of The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), “The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” at the Hofburg Palace, Vienna (Austria), December 5- 10 2014.
Keynote, “The Religious Roots of Christian Labour” at the Christian Labour Association Staff Council. Edmonton (AB), October 8 2014.
Paper, at the third international neo-Calvinist convention: Rerum Novarum: Neo-Calvinism and Roman Catholicism. “Rerum Novarum and the Right to Work: 19th Century Lessons for 21st Century Labour.” Rome (Italy), September 5, 2014.
Respondent, Center for Public Justice 2014 Kuyper Lecture. Victor Boutros, “Public Justice – A Matter of Life and Death for the World’s Poor.” Azusa Pacific University (California), May 31, 2014.
Paper at International Studies Association, 2014: “Revolutions in Political Theology: Protestantism and the International State System,” Toronto (Canada), March 26-29, 2014.
Religious Liberty Partnership, RLP 2014 Consultation in Ottawa (Canada), March 24-27, 2014.
Public Lecture, “The Quebec Charter and the Challenge of Secularism” at The Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, MI), February 7, 2014.
Panelist, “The Office of Religious Freedom” at Peace & Justice Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, October 19 2013.
Chair, “Spirit of Social Change” for the Inspirit Foundation and Couchiching Institute, at “Bridging the Secular Divide” McGill University, May 28 2013.
Chair and discussant, panel on religion and foreign affairs at the Paul B. Henry’s Institute’s Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College. April 25-27, 2013.
Executive Committee, McGill University and Tony Blair Faith Foundation. With Dennis Hoover, summer teaching and conference on Faith and Globalization at McGill. Conference respondent, June 17-28, 2013.
Moderator, the Office of Religious Freedom at the Canadian International Council, with U.N. Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt, Nazila Ghanea, Malcolm Evans, David Anderson, Janet Epp Buckingham. January 21, 2013. Video archive: http://opencanada.org/features/discussing-freedom-of-religion-or-belief/
Keynote address, Second Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom. “The Trouble with Religious Freedom” April 4 2012. Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
Peer reviewer, special issue of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal on Canadian procurement of F-35’s. Spring 2012.
Peer reviewer, “Religion and Foreign Affairs” for Baylor University Press. March 2011.
With Alissa Wilkinson, “Food is Stranger than it Used to be: Wendell Berry meets the world” at Jubilee February 18-20, 2011.
Hosted “God and the Global Economy” at Regent College. Drafted “Doing the truth in love: an evangelical call for response to Caritas in Veritate” with committee. Published in: Books & Culture, First Things, Christianity Today, The Review for Faith and International Affairs and Comment magazine. September, 2009.
Living in Good Faith: Calgary and the Future of the City. Cardus, Calgary (AB). September 15, 2008. Covered in the Calgary Herald, “Finding room, a role for spirituality: Religion needs to carve out space in city life” by Graeme Morton.
Presented paper: “The New Inclusivists: Interrogating Post-structural IR’s Ontological Inclusivism in Human Rights Discourse” at Paul B. Henry’s Institute’s Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College. April 24-26, 2008.
“The Many Myths and Meanings of Globalization: Strategies and Theories for Organized Labour in the Emerging Global Economy” a presentation to the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) National Board. Edmonton (Alberta). March 14, 2008.
“Can we make Toronto the Good even better?” a presentation at the Canadian Urban Institute, January 18, 2008. Covered in the Toronto Star, “Summit Urged for Toronto Church and Civic Leaders” by Stuart Laidlaw.
Current Areas of Research Interest and Speaking:
• International theory, religious freedom, political theology, secularism;
• Religion and politics, religious perspectives on politics, order, and security;
• Political philosophy and popular culture.