David Koyzis pages
David Koyzis (b. 1955 Oak Park, Illinois, USA) is Professor of Political Science at Redeemer University, Ancaster, Ontario, Canda. He is married to Dr. Nancy Calvert-Koyzis, they have one daughter.
He studied under Bernie Zylstra for his MPhil at the Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto. His PhD "Toward a Christian Democratic Pluralism: A Comparative Study of Neo-Thomist and Neo-Calvinist Political Theories,” was awarded by the University of Notre Dame in 1986 under the supervision of Dr. Edward A. Goerner. He earned his BA in political science from Bethel College (now Bethel University) in 1978.
We Answer to Another: Authority, Office and the Imago Dei, in progress.
Political Visions and Illusions: A Survey and Christian Critique of Contemporary Ideologies. (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2003),
This received first place in the non-fiction/culture category from The Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards, 2004.
Subject of Mars Hill Audio Journal interview, November-December 2004, "on the modern denial of objective meaning and the exaltation of individual will."
Selected Chapters and Articles
“God’s Gracious Provision: Calvin and his heirs on political order,” in Amy Nelson Burnett, John Calvin: Myth and Reality (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books/Wipf & Stock, 2011), pp. 199-206.
“The 'Oppressiveness' of Civil Society,” Comment, 20 August 2010.
“Two Kingdoms and Cultural Obedience,” Comment, March 2010, print issue.
“(Re)Discovering the Evangelical Mind,” Comment, 12 February 2010.
“Religion and democracy: Habermas vs. Flores d'Arcais,” Comment, 26 June 2009.
“Convergence or Clash? The Coming Global Future,” Michael Goheen and Erin Glanville, ed., The Gospel And Globalization: Exploring The Religious Roots Of A Globalized World (Vancouver: Regent Press and Geneva Society, 2009).
“Preparing for Leadership,” Comment, 1 June 2007, republished at Christianity.ca.
“Persuaded, Not Commanded: Neo-Calvinism, Dignitatis Humanae, and Religious Liberty,” in Kenneth Grasso and Robert Hunt, ed., Catholicism and Religious Freedom: Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).
“Introductory Essay,” in Daniël F. M. Strauss, ed., Political Philosophy by Herman Dooyeweerd (Ancaster, Ontario and Lewiston, New York: The Dooyeweerd Centre and the Edwin Mellen Press, 2004), pp. 1-16, The Collected Works of Herman Dooyeweerd, series D, volume 1.
“Christianity and Liberalism: Two Alternative Religious Approaches,” the New Pantagruel: Hymns in the Whorehouse, summer 2004, vol. 1, no. 3.
“Making a Good Constitution Better: A Response to Janet Ajzenstat,” Comment (Work Research Foundation), winter 2004, pp. 15-21.
“Differentiated Responsibility and the Challenge of Religious Diversity,” Journal of Markets & Morality, vol. 5, no. 1 (spring 2002), pp. 199-207.
"Symposium: The Future of Federalism," Comment, July-August 2001, pp. 14-15.
"Voter turnout and competitive politics," Public Justice Report, vol. 23, no. 3, 2000, p. 3.
“Why Political Divorce Must Be Averted,” in Mark Charlton and Paul Barker, ed., Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, 3rd ed. (Toronto: ITP Nelson, 1998), pp. 211 ff.
"Canadian Election Accentuates Divisions Once Again," Public Justice Report, July-August 1997, p. 2.
"A Call to Reform the Canadian Electoral System," Public Justice Report, July-August 1997, p. 3.
“Hannah Arendt on Polis, Nation-State and Federation,” in Jonathan Chaplin and Paul Marshall, ed., Political Theory and Christian Vision (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1994).
“Reclaiming the Polis: the Anticosmopolitan Vision and the Quest for Genuine Political Community,” Dianoia: A Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Journal, 3 (no. 2) and 4 (no. 1) 1994, pp. 83-100.
“Imaging God and his Kingdom: Eastern Orthodoxy’s Iconic Political Ethic,” Review of Politics 55 (spring 1993), pp. 267-289.
“Yves R. Simon’s Contribution to a Structural Political Pluralism,” in Michael D. Torre, ed., Freedom in the Modern World: Jacques Maritain, Yves R. Simon, Mortimer J. Adler, Notre Dame: American Maritain Association and University of Notre Dame Press, 1989, pp. 131-9.
“Progress as an Object of Faith in the Thought of Friedrich A. Von Hayek,” Christian Scholar’s Review, 12 (no. 2) 1983, pp. 139-55.
Also several book reviews in Christian Scholar's Review, Journal of Psychology and Christianity and, most recently, Calvin Theological Journal.
Popular and Other Publications
Monthly column on politics, currently titled “Principalities and Powers,” published in Christian Courier (formerly Calvinist Contact, St. Catharines, Ontario) from 1990 to the present.
Other publications are too numerous to list in full and have appeared in Christian Courier, Christian Week (Winnipeg), the Catalyst (of Citizens for Public Justice, Toronto), Public Justice Report (of the Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC), Vanguard (Toronto), The Reformed Journal, Reformed Worship, New Oxford Review, The Banner (Christian Reformed Church) and Comment (Work Research Foundation, Mississauga, Ontario).
Hymn texts and tunes appearing in the Christian Reformed Church’s Psalter Hymnal (1987), Songs of Rejoicing: Hymns for Worship, Meditation, and Praise (1989), and the Mennonite Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992). Completed a collection of English texts and harmonizations for 72 of the Genevan Psalms, under the provisional title, Psalms set to be sung to the proper tunes of the Genevan Psalter. Posted here.
CONFERENCE AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS
Apr 2011 - “Max Weber and the Dynamics of Authority and Power,” at at the biennial Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 28-30 April.
Apr 2011 - “God’s Gracious Provision: Calvin and his heirs on political order,” at the Calvin Studies Society Colloquium, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 17 April.
Feb 2009 - “Authority and Autonomy: Assessing the Kantian Project,” faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College, 3 February.
Jan 2009 - “Freedom, Authority and Autonomy: The Kantian Project,” at Mission, Worldview and the Christian University, Redeemer University College, 8 January.
Apr 2008 - “Understanding Authority: Exploring its Relationship to Power and Office,” at the biennial Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 24-26 April.
Nov 2007 - “Authority and the Image of God,” the fourth annual Bernard Zylstra Lectures, Redeemer University College, 7 November.
Apr 2006 - “The Right to Govern and the Power to Govern: The Reduction of Political Authority,” at the third biennial Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 27-29 April.
April-May 2004 - “Redeeming authority: towards a recovery and proper understanding of authority and its place in human society,” at the biennial Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 29 April-1 May.
September 2003 - “We Answer to Another: A Defence of Authority Against its Recent Discontents,” inaugural lecture, Redeemer University College, 26 September, delivered on the occasion of promotion to full professor.
June 2003 - "Culture War or Sibling Rivalry? Beyond a liberal approach to politics," at the Christians in Political Science Fourth National Conference, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 5-7 June.
Nov 2002 - "The Development of Liberalism: betraying a tradition or following its logic?", faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College, 6 November.
May 2002 - "Ideologies as Modern Manifestations of Idolatry," at the Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2-4 May.
May 2002 - Chair and discussant for panel on just war, pacifism and realism, Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2-4 May.
March 2002 - “Discerning the Spirits: Political Ideology and Idolatry,” faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College, 26 March 2002.
Oct. 2000 - “The Triumph of Ethnic Nationalism over Civic Nationhood: Conflicting nationalisms and the failure of an independent Cyprus,” at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Political Studies Association, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 20-22 October 2000.
Oct. 1998 - “Differentiated Responsibility and the Challenge of Religious Diversity,” response to Fr. (now Cardinal) Avery Dulles’ “Religious Freedom and Pluralism,” at the conference “Commemorating over a Century of Christian Social Teaching,” Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Oct. 1998 - “Socialism: Understanding Equality and its Limits,” faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College
Mar. 1998 - “Discerning Structure and Direction in Nationalism,” faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College.
Feb. 1997 - “Democracy as Ideology,” faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College.
Mar. 1995 - “Pluralism and Ideology: Aristotelian and Neo-Calvinist Alternatives,” at the Southwest Political Science Association meeting in Dallas.
Apr. 1993 - “Reclaiming the Polis: the Anticosmopolitan Vision and the Quest for Genuine Political Community,” at the conference on “Fragmentation and the Desire for Order/Unity” at Augustana University College, Camrose, Alberta.
Oct. 1992 - Tenure colloquium, “Imaging God and his Kingdom: Eastern Orthodoxy’s Iconic Political Ethic,” Redeemer University College.
Mar. 1992 - Discussion at McMaster University, Hamilton with the Honourable Douglas Roche (now Senator Roche), Canada’s former Ambassador to the United Nations for Disarmament, on the subject of the new world order, as part of a series sponsored by Citizens for Public Justice and the McMaster Chaplaincy.
Oct. 1988 - “Yves R. Simon’s Contribution to a Structural Political Pluralism,” at the 1988 meeting of the American Maritain Association at University of Notre Dame.
Oct. 1987 - “Consociationalism: The Case of Cyprus under the Zürich/London Constitution of 1960,” faculty colloquium, Redeemer University College.
Apr 2011 - “Singing the Psalms in the 21st Century: An historical survey and update (or why Abraham Kuyper was wrong about the Genevan tunes),” at the Conference on Calvinism and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary, 14-16 April.
Apr 2011 - “Singing the Psalms,” evening lecture series, Continuous Learning & Education at Redeemer (CLEAR), Redeemer University College, 5 April.
May 2006 - Spoke to the 10th annual meeting of the Civitas Society, a conservative thinktank loosely associated with the Conservative Party of Canada, on “The Way Forward in Renewing Urban Life,” Ottawa, 5-7 May. Invited by Civitas president Lorne Gunter, columnist for National Post and Edmonton Journal.
Jan. 2006 - Keynote speaker at the Transforming Education Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17-20 January.
Feb. 2005 - Spoke to the Christian Pre-Law Conference, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 24-27 February.
Feb. 2005 - Invited participant in Religious Freedom Symposium, sponsored by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Ottawa, 10-11 February.
Sept. 2004 - Invited participant in Dooyeweerd, Politics, and the Law: A Strategic Roundtable, near Washington-Baltimore Airport, 24-25 September.
Mar. 2004 - Spoke to the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Christian Fellowship on the subject of Political Visions and Illusions, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 27 March.
Nov. 2003 - Met informally with the graduate students of Dr. Jonathan Chaplin of the Institute for Christian Studies to discuss Political Visions and Illusions and “We Answer to Another,” 14 November, Toronto.
Aug. 2003 - Keynote speaker at ICS Family Conference, Deer Valley Meadows, Alberta, 1-4 August, "War & Peace: Understanding the Contesting Spirits."
Aug. 2002 - Participated in panel on just war, pacifism and terrorism, ICS Family Conference, Redeemer University College, 17 August.
Mar. 2001 - Guest lectured in three classes on the subjects of conflict resolution in Cyprus, nationalism and liberalism, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, 12-14 March.
Nov. 1999 - “How ‘Rights Talk’ Endangers Ordinary Politics,” meeting of the Christian Heritage Party, Ancaster, Ontario, 6 November.
Oct. 1999 - Participant in panel discussion at the annual fall conference of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), Mississauga, Ontario, 23 October.
Jan. 1998 - Participant in panel discussion with three colleagues and visiting Staley Lecturer, Prof. Jean Bethke Elshtain (University of Chicago), on Can we affirm a legitimate patriotism without falling into a destructive nationalism?” 14 January.
Jan. 1997 - Participant in panel discussion with two colleagues and visiting Staley Lecturer, Richard Mouw (Fuller Seminary), on “Infiltration or Separation?” 15 January.
Oct. 1997 - “Election 1997 and Canada’s Future,” workshop, annual convention of the Ontario Christian School Teachers Association, 24 October.
Oct. 1997 - “Canadian unity,” meeting of the Christian Heritage Party, Ancaster, Ontario, 4 October.
Mar. 1996 - Chaired roundtable discussion with Dr. Bob Goudzwaard (Free University of Amsterdam), CLAC building, Mississauga, 28 March, on his and Harry de Lange’s book, Beyond Poverty and Affluence: Towards a Canadian Economy of Care (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995).
Nov. 1995 - Gave talk on the Québec referendum, meeting of the Christian Heritage Party, London, 17 November.
Summer 1995 - Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA: Co-leader of Wheaton in the Holy Lands programme: gave two lectures on political history of the Palestine/Israel region up to the end of the British mandate, and a third on Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Oct. 1993 - Gave talk on federal election campaign at Hamilton District Christian High School, 19 October.
Jun. 1993 - “Politics and the Kingdom of God,” Milk and Honey Festival, Redeemer College, 8 June.
Aug. 1993 - Participant in panel discussion on social change, ICS Family Conference, Hamilton District Christian High School, 2 August.
Mar. 1992 - “Christian Politics and the Death of Ideologies,” Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, Cambridge, Ontario, 20 March.
Mar. 1992 - Public discussion at McMaster University, Hamilton with Douglas Roche, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, on “The new world order--justice in international relations,” as part of “Justice & Peace” series sponsored by Citizens for Public Justice and the McMaster Chaplaincy, 12 March.
Mar. 1992 - Participant in discussion with visiting Staley Lecturer, Dr. Paul Marshall (Institute for Christian Studies), on the Canadian constitution, Redeemer College, 18 March.
Jan. 1991 - Participant in consultation on Canadian unity, sponsored by Citizens for Public Justice, St. Thomas Anglican Church, Toronto, 16 January 1991, and Institute for Christian Studies, 28 January.Oct. 1988 - Served as a respondent on a panel at the conference on The Christian Reformed Church and Canadian Culture, Redeemer College, 24-5 October.