Podcast: RETRIEVING – Feature Conversation: Jess & Rob Joustra

February 9, 2022


On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Jessica and Robert Joustra, about the new book they’ve coedited, Calvinism for a Secular Age: A Twenty-First Century Reading of Abraham Kuyper’s Stone Lectures. Among the topics we discuss:

– How can we distinguish between all the varieties of Calvinism and Neo-Calvinism?

– Why should North Americans living in the 21st century be interested in lectures on Calvinism given by a 19th century Dutch polymath?

– When it comes to continuing an intellectual tradition, what is the relationship between looking back and looking forward?

– How should we think about Kuyper’s flaws, and how should we complicate his legacy?

– What can the Kuyperian tradition learn from the wider Christian world?

– Why might Kuyper’s vision be especially appropriate for “a secular age”?

To read a short piece in which the authors introduce their book: https://inallthings.org/can-calvinists-save-the-world-a-review-of-calvinism-for-a-secular-age/  

For further engagement around this topic, read additional book reviews from Dordt faculty: theology (1) professors(2), a Co-Director of Kuyper’s Honors Program professor, an English professor, and a planetary science professor.


About the Authors
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

  • Jessica Joustra is Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University (Hamilton, ON, Canada). She also serves as an Associate Researcher at the Neo-Calvinism Research Institute (Theologische Universiteit Kampen).

  • Robert Joustra is associate professor of Politics & International Studies at Redeemer University (Hamilton, ON).

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