Friday, January 15, 2016

George Grant and Robert Crouse: Prophetic Tories - by Ron Dart

Robert D. Crouse represents that paradigm of those catholic of scholars, whose investigations of the Christian tradition have consistently shown courageous sensitivity to its complex origins and trajectories from late antiquity to our present.  
- Robert Dodaro (OCA) Instituto Patristico Augustinanum Divine Creation in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought: Essays Presented to the Rev’d Dr. Robert Crouse (2007)  
George Grant has been called Canada’s greatest political philosopher. To this day, his work continues to stimulate, challenge, and inspire Canadians to think more deeply about matters of social justice and individual responsibility.

- Athens and Jerusalem: George Grant’s Theology, Philosophy, and Politics (2006)                                   

I. Introduction                              

Crouse_robertThere can be little doubt that George Grant (1918-1988) and Robert Crouse (1930-2011), for different reasons, were two of the most significant Canadian Anglican intellectuals of the latter half of 20th and first decade of the 21st century. Grant was a public intellectual in a way Crouse never was, but Crouse had a depth to him (in his many probes into the Patristic-Medieval ethos) that Grant did not. Grant challenged the ideological nature of liberal modernity at a philosophical and political level in a way Crouse never did, but Crouse, in a detailed and meticulous manner, articulated and enucleated the complex nature of the Patristic-Medieval vision in a way Grant did not. Both men were deeply concerned about the passing away of a more classical vision of the soul, church and society and both attempted to retrieve the discarded image. Crouse was much more of an Anglican churchman than Grant, but Grant engaged the larger public square in a way Crouse never did.

I have been fortunate, over the last few decades, to do in depth work on George Grant and I have many a letter from Sheila Grant (George’s wife) on life at Dalhousie-King’s (where George began and ended his academic life). I also have many a letter from Robert Crouse, many a fond memory of visits with Robert (some fine photos also) when in Nova Scotia or when Robert visited the West Coast (Robert bunked in at our home). My interest, therefore, in the Anglican life and writings of George Grant and Robert Crouse is both of some academic interest but also of a personal nature. Hopefully, this essay will embody and reflect both these approaches.     

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Was PM Harper a Tory? Terry Gavin on Ron Dart and the Red Tory tradition (2006)

Editor's comment: In 2006, the Georgia Straight published an article asking if PM Stephen Harper was properly termed a Tory. The article focused on Ron Dart's insights into the 'Red Tory' tradition. The article is an interesting read as a retrospective of the Harper regime.  

B822096683Z.1_20150908105953_000_GUP1HSOI9.10_GalleryStephen Harper is no Tory

by Terry Glavin on February 2nd, 2006 at 9:00 AM

Milton Acorn was Canada's "people's poet". He was a founder of the Georgia Straight. There was a time when his poetry readings filled union halls across the country with adoring legions of communists, feminists, and student activists.

Stephen Leacock was the founding father of the Canadian sense of humour, but he was also the chairman of the political-science department at McGill University. His Arcadian Adventures With the Idle Rich was a bestseller in Moscow in the heady days following the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.

Just a few steps from the plot where Leacock is buried, at Sibbald Point, Ontario, is the grave of Mazo de la Roche, who was once Canada's best-loved novelist. She authored the internationally acclaimed Jalna series, which was a sort of multivolume, epic Brideshead Revisited.

Then there was Eugene Forsey, proud Newfoundlander, socialist, Rhodes scholar, and constitutional expert. He was a founder of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, the forerunner of the New Democratic Party.

Apart from being dead, the thing these people have in common is that they were all Tories.

Here's another Tory: Ron Dart, a prolific, polymathic, and very-alive political-science professor at the University College of the Fraser Valley. 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

THE OWL & JADIS pt 7 & 8 - Ron Dart on George P. Grant

THE OWL & JADIS pt 7 - "George Grant: The Canadian Lewis" - with Ron Dart 

THE OWL & JADIS pt 8 - "C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald: Soul Friends" - with Ron Dart

Sunday, July 5, 2015

THE OWL & JADIS pt 5 & 6 - Ron Dart on George P. Grant

THE OWL & JADIS pt 5 - Athens and Jerusalem: Beyond Dilettantism - with Ron Dart 

THE OWL & JADIS pt 6 - Grant: The Betrayal, Clearcutting and Recovery of the Ancient Ways - with Ron Dart 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Owl & Jadis pt 3 & 4: Ron Dart on George P. Grant

The Owl and Jadis - Part 3 - "Grant and Jerusalem: The Dilemma of Biblical Judaism" with Ron Dart

The Owl and Jadis - Part 4 - "Grant and Athens: Classical Thought and the Contemplative Way" with Ron Dart

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Owl and Jadis part 1 & 2 - Ron Dart

The Owl and Jadis - Part 1 - "Grant and Empire: Washington and the New Romans" with Ron Dart


The Owl and Jadis - Part 2 - "Grant and Imperial Ideology: Enfolding/Unfolding" with Ron Dart

Monday, June 29, 2015

George Grant and Lament for a Nation - Lazar Puhalo interviews Ron Dart

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo interviews Ron Dart on George Grant and his Lament for a Nation.