Saturday, 20 May 2017

Philosophy, Truth, and the Wisdom of Love

2017 Convocation Address by Dr. Lambert Zuidervaart, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, ICS

Are we now in a "post-truth" era, as the Oxford Dictionaries seemed to suggest when choosing that phrase as the International Word of the Year in 2016? Are appeals to emotion and personal opinions really replacing factual truth? Has truth become irrelevant? Tracing our Western conception of truth to its pre-Socratic origin as a godlike search for that which is uncreated and indestructible, Lambert says a philosophy in line with the Jewish and Christian wisdom traditions would see truth instead as a way of life, as something we do rather than merely assert.

The importance of this endeavour is readily apparent in these times of "alternative facts" and "fake news". A conception of truth rooted in what is good rather than mere theoretical immutability would help us work together to live in the truth, indeed in faithfulness, rather than taking uncertainty as our cue to discard the possibility of truth altogether. But what then of our longtime servant "factual truth"? In this inspiring and intriguing address, Lambert displays the biblical underpinnings for his ongoing work on a new theory of factual truth, within a broader conception of truth that we may summarise as the call to love God above all, and our neighbours as ourselves.


Read the text of Lambert's address (with endnotes) at goo.gl/wJZM2o

Monday, 8 May 2017

ICS Convocation May 12

ICS will be holding its annual convocation on May 12 at 7pm at Regis College (100 Wellesley St W). We will be celebrating with seven graduates and Dr. Lambert Zuidervaart, who will be giving his exaugural address. Please join us as you are able. If you have any questions about the event, please contact our Registrar, Jeffrey Hocking (jeffreyh@icscanada.edu).

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Art, Education, and Cultural Renewal

Professor Emeritus Lambert Zuidervaart has published a new collection of essays titled Art, Education, and Cultural Renewal: Essays in Reformational Philosophy (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). The book is a companion volume to Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation, published last spring and featured in a symposium on ICS’s Ground Motive blog. In the new book, which is dedicated to Calvin Seerveld, Lambert presents a socially engaged philosophy of the arts and higher education, in interaction with leading Kuyperian thinkers such as Seerveld and Nicholas Wolterstorff. Publication of the book was made possible in part by grants from the Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust and the Andreas Center at Dordt College. For more details about this intriguing book, be sure to visit the publisher’s website.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Announcement re sale of shares in 229 College

It has been almost a year since the decision to sell the ICS minority shares in 229 College Street was taken by the Board. Now, after many months of false starts, dialogue and negotiations, we announce that the sale was finally completed on Monday, April 24th to an independent developer.
The successful sale of our minority share in 229 College is a major factor in positioning ICS within a sustainable financial future. The proceeds received from the sale will be invested in an endowment which will provide the annual income needed to protect our capacity in the long-term to deliver on our mission. We believe this new endowment is the most prudent way to utilise a gift, given many years ago by faithful supporters, to sustain ICS into the future.
This sale comes at a critical time in our discussions with The King’s University on what our joint venture will look like and provides ICS with a stronger financial base from which to play its part.

We know that many involved with ICS have a deep attachment to 229 College Street as it has been home to ICS for more than 40 years. However, we trust that you will join with us in giving thanks to God for this amazing provision and for our faithful supporters whose steadfast generosity has made all this possible.

John Valk
Chair, ICS Board of Trustees