The Wycliffe Blog - Vestigia Dei

Vestigia Dei  – is a Latin term meaning “traces of God.” As a theological term it is associated with natural theology – that is, the view that there are vestiges of God within creation. We’ve chosen this term as the title of the Wycliffe College blog because our hope is that through these writings, readers might glimpse evidences for God as our writers interact with the wider world. 

A mystery at the heart of St. Francis

By Catherine Sider Hamilton

"Praised be my Lord

by means of all Your creatures

and most especially by Sir Brother Sun…

For he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor

And is a symbol of You, God Most High." - Francis of Assisi 


Francis is the “God-intoxicated” saint, wholly caught up in the beauty of God. It is not only that Francis is the friend of all...

Tue, October 03, 2017

The “missing link” in creation vs. evolution debates

The “missing link” in creation vs. evolution debates

By Glen Taylor

By Glen Taylor

There is something vital missing in many debates about creation versus evolution, and that is the voice of the biblical scholar.

As an evangelical biblical scholar who studies creation accounts in the Bible and also in other documents in their original context, I am frustrated by debates on biblical creation versus evolution that feature experts from only the science side of the equation but not...

Tue, September 26, 2017

More on the prediction of Christ’s return on September 23rd

Glen Taylor is Professor of Scripture and Global Christianity at Wycliffe. Part of his training included attending a seminary where the correlation of current events with biblical prophecy was widely practised.   

I read Dr. Irwin’s blog with interest and appreciation. I agree with his take on Revelation 12:1-2. It’s funny how easily Christians, like others, can fall into the trap of regarding science—in this case,...

Thu, September 21, 2017

Brian Irwin

The end of the world is at hand ... or is it?

By Brian Irwin

Dr. Brian Irwin (left) is Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures at Knox College in Toronto where he teaches the course, “You, Your Congregation, and the End of the World.” He is currently completing a book on end times speculation and the use of Daniel and Revelation in the church. He is a graduate of Wycliffe College (Master of Religion, 1991).


By Brian Irwin

Have you...

Mon, September 18, 2017

Disagreeing with respect

Dr. David Guretzki (at far left) is Executive Vice President and Resident Theologian of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He is pictured with Dr. Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. The two met on Friday, September 15, 2017 at a pre-event dinner for the "Is God a Figment of Our Imagination?" discussion, part of the Religion and Society Series.  


Mon, September 18, 2017

Karen Stiller

“A privilege to disagree”

By Karen Stiller

So far, it is Alister McGrath: 2, Michael Shermer: 1. That’s not actually a score, it’s my book tally as I prepare to moderate the September 15th “Is God a Figment of our Imagination?” debate at Convocation Hall. In the last month, I’ve read McGrath’s Inventing the Universe and The Passionate Intellect, and I just last night finished The Believing Brain by Shermer. Next on my list is...

Wed, September 06, 2017

Memories of September 11, 2001

This week is Orientation Week at Wycliffe College. Monday, September 11 2017, will be the first day of classes in the Fall semester. It will be a day that will mark a poignant anniversary for Executive Administrator Karen Baker-Bigauskas, as she remembers her first September 11 here. She blogs about her memories, below.

By Karen Baker-Bigauskas


I began working at Wycliffe College in May 2001....

Tue, September 05, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey: A Christian Response

By Ephraim Radner


A Houston residential neighbourhood is under water following days of heavy rains during Hurricane Harvey.


By Ephraim Radner


We are all praying for the people of Houston and surrounding areas: for their protection and safety, and for courage and consolation after the tremendous loss to persons and property the waters have caused. We pray for the means to put their lives back together after the devastating...

Wed, August 30, 2017

Course explores essentials of Christian faith


The Christian Foundations course gives participants a basic introduction to Christianity.


By Jacky Bramma


Christian Foundations, subtitled “A Grounding for a Life of Faith,” is so comprehensive that it might equally well have been dubbed, “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Christianity But Were Too Afraid to Ask.” This new nine-module course was written under the direction of the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy...

Tue, August 22, 2017

On Truth, Public Discourse, and Being Bothered

"Is God a figment of the imagination?" It's a question worth pondering, and one that Wycliffe College invites you to think about at a unique event this fall. Why would a Christian seminary host such a dialogue?  That is also a question worthy of reflection, one that prompted the blog post below.   

By Steve Hewko


Ray Bradbury in his dystopian classic, Fahrenheit 451, follows the story of...

Tue, August 15, 2017