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Gideon Strauss

Gideon Strauss was the editor of Comment from 2000 to 2010. He also formerly served as executive director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as the editor of the De Pree Center's online publication, Fieldnotes Magazine. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for Public Justice, where he previously served as Chief Executive Officer and editor of Capital Commentary. Gideon was also previously the Research and Education Director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada. Gideon completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the then University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, with a dissertation on the ethics of public welfare. A native of South Africa, he served as an interpreter for the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission under Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Articles by Gideon Strauss
  • #97: The Sidewalk View

    Gideon Strauss

    In his seventh regular dispatch from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets with Emile Kutlu, the president of the Laurier West Merchant Association, responsible for the commercial interests along this street that runs along the southern end of the borough of Outremont to Mile End. 

  • To Wake Up the Heart

    Gideon Strauss

    This week, in the sixth of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss talks to one restaurant owner of Jewish background who was drawn to Sufi Islam.

  • #93: To Wake Up the Heart

    Gideon Strauss

    In the sixth of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss talks to one restaurant owner of Jewish background who was drawn to Sufi Islam.

  • #89: Façades and Values

    Gideon Strauss

    This week author Gideon Strauss brings us an alternate perspective on the ongoing conversation occurring in Outremont over the borough referendum campaign supporting a ban on new places of worship on Bernard Avenue.  

  • Façades and Values

    Gideon Strauss

    This week author Gideon Strauss brings us an alternate perspective on the ongoing conversation occurring in Outremont over the borough referendum campaign supporting a ban on new places of worship on Bernard Avenue.

  • #88: Hasidic Joy in Outremont

    Gideon Strauss

    Each week Gideon Strauss brings fresh perspective as he explores the unique intersections of faith and tradition in his new neighbourhood of Outremont, Montreal. 

  • Hasidic Joy in Outremont

    Gideon Strauss

    Each week Gideon Strauss brings fresh perspective both to Convivium and our Thread of 1000 Stories series as he explores the unique intersections of faith and tradition in his new neighbourhood of Outremont, Montreal. 

  • #84: Across Our Backyard Fences

    Gideon Strauss

    In the third of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets a 27-year-old borough councilor. She, a Hasidic Jew, decided to run for councilor in order to take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in her community.

  • #82: Sharing a Long Obedience

    Gideon Strauss

    In the second of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets a Baptist pastor who came to Canada from Greece as a young man and set up a radio repair shop a few steps from the church he has made central to his life for 56 years. 

  • Pig Blood and Glowing Sand

    Gideon Strauss

    According to recent polls, more than a third of self-identified white evangelical voters currently support a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who touts a false story about an American general executing Muslim terrorists with bullets dipped in pig blood as inspirational for the future of American foreign policy (and who endorses the killing of non-combatants in the fight against ISIS).

  • Leadership Involves Loss

    Gideon Strauss

    Editor's note: This piece was published yesterday in Fieldnotes Magazine, a publication of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. Reprinted by kind permission. Gideon Strauss is the executive director of the Max De Pree Center; a senior fellow with Cardus; former editor of Comment Magazine; and a native of South Africa, where he served as an interpreter for the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission under Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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