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  • Signposts of the New Creation

    Hannah Marazzi with Makoto Fujimura

    As the Convivium Team reflects on the launch of the Sacred Spaces Gallery, Hannah Marazzi sits down with Makoto Fujimura, artist, writer, and catalyst to understand the role of beauty, belonging, and art as signs of the New Creation. 

  • Bowed

    Hayley Lockrem

    Photographer Hayley Lockrem captures men in prayer, a posture common to those across time, space, and tradition. 

  • Start the Revolution Without Me

    Peter Stockland

    Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts features a summer exhibition, Revolution, paying tribute to the 1960s. Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland drops by and finds the only thing missing is the whole truth about that often dangerously demented decade. Did they forget how to spell Charlie Manson's name?

  • Who Are We?

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Editor in Chief Father Raymond J de Souza delivers a moving reflection on the mosque murder that occurred earlier this week in Quebec City and examines the corresponding themes of solidarity and identity this tragedy asks us to consider. 

  • Is God Good For Cities?

    Milton Friesen

    Milton Friesen, Program Director for Social Cities at Cardus, shares the importance of strong social fabric and the contribution that religious communities make to the health of their cities.

  • Empathy

    Raymond J. de Souza

    Father Raymond J de Souza takes a look at empathy in the broader context of today's entertainment industry and socio-political sphere. 

  • The New Scientism: Still Fighting the Phantom War

    Doug Sikkema

    This book is about the war between science and religion: about how science has won this war so thoroughly that it can explain why religion will not go away, why there are people who choose God over science.If this sounds absurd, that's because it is. Really, a "religious" person could make the same case on the same grounds simply by inverting the key terms.

  • Pig Blood and Glowing Sand

    Gideon Strauss

    This article first appeared on providencemag.com, the website of Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Another Punch for Donald Trump

    Peter Stockland

    This July 4th, we bring you a piece from the archives by Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland who examines the link between current U.S. President Donald Trump and WWE. 

  • Quebec thumbs its nose at Supreme Court

    Peter Stockland

    Even minus the inspiration of Trudeau père in spiritus, however, Canadians who care at all about our constitutional democracy, and about the rule of law, should be deeply alarmed by what was done to push forward physician assisted suicide in this country. Whatever side of the assisted suicide debate you might be on, the abuse of process that occurred has foundational implications for our continuity as a Confederation as envisaged by the British North America Act and by the Constitution Act of 1982.

  • A Double Standard Where There Are No Standards?

    Peter Stockland

    Leaving aside the question of whether it’s possible to have a fair double standard, it seems to me there is a more compelling question for Catholics—and all Christians. It’s this: should we care about the double standard we face? Why? Gerson’s text typified the phenomenon. It centred on a flap that arose at a Calgary school board meeting when a Catholic trustee challenged the newly invented writ of transgenderism.

  • Dampened Spirits

    Peter Stockland

    Regular downpours in the morning and afternoon were responsible for dampening much of the fun both on the Hill and in what is known as the parliamentary precinct along Wellington Street. Those who did turn out in Canada-loving red and white gave it their best to look, sometimes a little frantically, as though they were having a good time.

  • All that glitters is not gold

    John Seel

    Believing it to be gold, Captain John Smith sent an entire shipload of pyrite to London in the early 1600s. Known as “fool’s gold,” pyrite is actually an iron sulfide, a mineral of limited value. Like Smith and his shipment, we tend to think that all our ideas are pure gold, when in fact they may often be more like pyrite.

  • Progress in the Face of Reality

    Peter Stockland

    The document, funded by a Social Sciences Research and Humanities Council grant, explored the political preferences of Canadians under 35 years of age. Political scientist David McGrane, of the University of Saskatchewan, led a team that mined a dataset of responses from more than 8,000 "young" Canadians.  .

  • Medics in No-Man’s Land

    Doug Sikkema

    But it’s a bit disingenuous to say the culture wars were just hyperbolic posturing of an entire generation held hostage by their metaphors. And I often wonder about how important it is to remember the “culture wars” within the larger context of the real wars out of which they’ve grown. If anything, the past hundred years have been one bloody reminder after another that ideas really do have legs, the worst of which can—and have—run roughshod over millions.

  • The Imagination: Free, but Everywhere in Chains

    Doug Sikkema

    Now while it might seem that North Koreans have much more to worry about on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs than the fine arts, it’s telling that the Kim leadership not only knows the importance of the arts, but maintains a heavy bureaucratic stranglehold upon them. Case in point: a wrongly chosen metaphor meant to exult the leader might result in years of hard labour in a concentration camp, or possibly death.

  • Finding a Global Common Grammar

    Ray Pennings

    How can we better engage across cultures? At the Transatlantic Christian Council last month, Cardus executive vice president Ray Pennings spoke with Father Sirico about how to have conversations about faith that can span cultures.

  • At Sea and at Home

    Peter Stockland

    There was the former American first lady addressing an Ottawa luncheon crowd at the Canada 2020 event in the gushing tones of progressive politics: a glorious future awaits all who eagerly rush forward to embrace the times. Yet very early in her 35-minute talk yesterday, the secretary of state, who logged more than a million miles visiting 112 countries in four years, began using Cardus language: the prudential need to renew underlying social architecture.