Robert Joustra

Robert Joustra is Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies at Redeemer University, where he is also founding-Director of the Centre for Christian Scholarship. He is an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith and International Affairs and a Fellow with the Center for Public Justice, in Washington D.C. His writing and commentary appear in The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post, The National Post, and elsewhere.

Bio last updated July 22nd, 2021.

Robert Joustra

Articles by Robert Joustra

  • Why I am For an Islamic Law School

    Indeed, if it is to be the case that Canadians expect a diversity of intellectual and religious traditions, if we are to expect the Kantians, as well as the Muslims, the utilitarians and libertarians, as well as the Christians, to enfold the secular principles of Canadian society, then we must encou...

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  • The Peril of Christian Humanitarianism

    Meral argues that Christian advocacy in particular has grown a great deal in the past decade for persecuted Christians, and while this is important and laudable, it weighs the risk of unintentionally ignoring the suffering of other religious groups ...

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  • Pressing Upon the Imagination of the Cynical

    It's hard not to feel cheated at Christmas, a supposed revolution of rest and revitalization, which in truth is often characterized as frenetic and feverish.

    And amidst winter flurries of tweets and threats about fiscal cliffs and Mayan Armageddon, Hadfield has been rounding the world every 90 minutes or so, tweeting from the inky black of "international" space (@Cmdr_Hadfield), giving Canadians—and the world—the Christmas gift of wonder So enters Canada...

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  • Bring on that Foreign Policy Review

    Why a foreign policy review for this? The government is in the midst of commissioning something like a review already, even if leaked copies amount to more of a restatement than a new direction for Canadian foreign policy But since a review is in the works, that review should state clearly the value...

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  • Stealth Fighter Fever

    A full, public, foreign policy review, with Minister Ambrose's steady hand on procurement, could yet connect value to dollars, and hardware to vision Second, rebooting a major defense procurement right in time for a foreign policy review gives Conservatives a chance to not only tether value to dolla...

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  • Wishing for a Secret Agenda

    I challenge you to find a secret set of government documents that more redundantly states what this Prime Minister has transparently said, over and over: trade, growth, jobs Now, we have "leaked" documents on this government's new foreign policy: so banal, so self-obvious, so redundant that it's pos...

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  • The Devil's Advocate

    The problem, as our president noted, is that libertarians have absorbed the logic of subsidiarity and made a snappier brand out of it, poisoning the well for non-libertarian thinkers ...

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  • Meet the New Boss

    TV's darkest political drama is so ripe with corruption we're lucky it's not on smell-o-vision.

    For all the fuss about Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom, this fall's runaway political favourite, a counterdrama is unfolding in the more obscure, certainly more explicit, Chicago-centred drama, Boss The familiar trope of a system that demands sacrifice for the greater good, of a system of human design that ...

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  • The Kung Fu Panda Problem: Gangnam Style goes Global

    And this is the reason that Osnos says censored regimes like China could never produce a parody like Gangnam Style In an interview with Evan Osnos, Osnos says that the reason that South Korea could produce something as off the mainstream, and frankly as bizarre, as Gangnam Style is because of the hi...

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  • Religious Freedom and Social Architecture

    Often religious freedom, including the freedom of faith-based service organizations, is treated as a matter of a limitation on what government may do: it should not pass laws that require religious organizations or persons to violate what their religion persuades them to do or not do—and if a law wo...

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  • Naughty News Makers

    Plagiarism, after all, is an academic sin, not a legal crime, so there is no "letter of the law" but only the spirit of passing off someone's work as your own Zakaria, Wente, and countless pundits are not original thinkers ...

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  • Culture without War still needs Parties

    For her courage and conviction McAvoy rewards her with the simple invocation, "You do After a sophomoric question, "What makes American the greatest country in the world?", McHale writes and McAvoy repeats to the crowd, in one of the series' finest moments: "It's not, but it can be ...

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  • Alone in the Void

    Maybe we are not alone, but are in fact in a universe charged with "the grandeur of God"—vast and unimaginable, poking and prodding human intellect to nobler truths than self-interest and fear, to better moral and political impulses than survival and pleasure ...

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  • The Caspian Sea Monster

    The petro-politics of the Caspian lack the fire power of the South China Sea, and we are far from a flashpoint, but as more rogue states of the world find solace behind the regional interests of emerging autocracies like Russia, we may be wistful for some old time rights talk from an honest broker ...

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  • The Leaning Tower of Ivory

    Not so the independents of the post-secondary world, who rid education of the fashionable philosophical fictions of academic freedom, and talk frankly about ends, means, telos Public education should, in fact, be at the service of the public, and if a public administration feels that job is being do...

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  • The Chickens are Restless

    Quota is the key to the supply-management system Quota and the supply-management controls have produced an artificially inflated market, one in which the prices of cheese, chicken, and the like cost Canadians nearly $5-billion a year, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Devel...

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  • The Third Option

    For the time being, much of Canadian business and trade flows south Whatever you make of Mitchell Sharp's Third Option, we're back at it again, but this time for very different reasons ...

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  • A Revenant Renaissance

    The bifurcation between material and spiritual, between death and life, has been absorbed into many European religious traditions in a way that might be unintelligible to their premodern, even co-religious, ancestors Writes Nancy Caciola in Wraiths, Revenant and Rituals in Medieval Culture, “… intim...

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  • Time to Think

    In a town in which National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon mused, "The only way to keep a secret is not to tell anybody," the American government and its executive accomplished the seemingly impossible: total secrecy, giving the president precious time to consider his options, to weigh and verify d...

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  • Wiebo's War

    With Wiebo Ludwig's passing of esophageal cancer last month, at the age of 70, op-eds and even a documentary, "Wiebo's War," covered the clash between Wiebo Ludwig and modern society ...

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