July 21, 2003

Neo... calvinism?

Neocalvinism Today is a movement that "suggest[s] against the corrosive individualism of libertarians and the constrictive collectivism of fascists the idea of sphere sovereignty."
As far as I can see, this movement calls for the advent of Christian labour unions, political parties, etc. Intriguing, and I'm attracted to it. I have serious reservations about the libertarian movement and unfettered capitalism in general... well not free-market economics per se, but the statements during this last recession to the effect that "It's patriotic to buy things" made me more than a little uneasy.

I don't know if I'll be able to support Bush in '04. I almost certainly will not be a Republican. But my mind's had this sort of fourfold, The World's Smallest Political Quiz-induced view of politics for so long (you've basically got the conservatives, the liberals, the libertarians and the populists, with anarchists, fascists and commies on the fringes). But it looks like, from the email addresses at the bottom of the page, that several of the editors attend Redeemer University in Canada, so I'm sure I'll learn lots more...

Oh, didn't I tell you? I'm going to college (they call it university) in Canada. I'm excited. I don't think I'll change blogs though, I'm still a Michigander at heart. I'm leaving at the end of August; hopefully I'll still have time to blog (like I've blogged so much this summer).

Posted by Tim at July 21, 2003 12:11 AM

As the blogger of Neocalvinism Today, I am glad you are attracted to neocalvinism. Where in Canada are you headed?

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at August 18, 2003 04:51 PM

Lazy reader, I am! It seems you are coming to Redeemer. Here are some suggestions: (1)Take every class you can with Professors Goheen, Koyzis, Van Dyke, and Wolters; (2) Track down Brian Dijkema and Anna Lensink, and join OSSL; (3) Read Paul Marshall's Heaven is not my home as soon as possible, and Calvin Seerveld's Rainbows for the Fallen World soon after. And have fun!

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at August 18, 2003 05:08 PM

I am Brian Dijkema. I will add a few things to Gideon's list of things to do 4) Add Dr. Craig Bartholomew (sp?) of your list of profs. whose courses should fill your schedule. 5) Befriend one of the aforementioned profs. 6)Befriend me 7) Become a political science major 8)keep blogging.


Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks! And do email me.

Posted by: Brian Dijkema at August 18, 2003 09:32 PM

Are you really coming to Redeemer? I am one of the profs that my good friend Brian Dijkema thinks you should befriend. I would love to have you in my classes! (Okay, admissions department. Did I do good?)

Where in Michigan do you live? I have family roots in Jackson, Ann Arbor-Detroit area and the Hancock-Houghton (upper peninsula) area.

Posted by: David T. Koyzis at August 18, 2003 10:09 PM

There's a superb, long-out-of-print biography,'CHARLES SIMEON OF CAMBRIDGE' by Hugh Evan Hopkins, still available at http://www.torontochristianbooks.com/simeon.htm. It's a wonderful example of what Christianity was once considered to be, both in public and private life.

That site also has a lot of new and unplayed out-of-print Christian music cassette bestsellers, CDs, and hymn records from the 1980's and '90's. Try:

There's a substantial listing of other useful resources, too, on the huge http://www.torontochristianbooks.com main page, including their interesting list of exclusive reprints at http://www.torontochristianbooks.com/reprint2.htm.

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