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. 

George Sumner

Hybrids We

By George Sumner

I once said in a Wycliffe class that there were two types of people, either/ors and both/ ands, at which point a student interjected, “but Professor, I think I am both a both/and and an either/or,” which proved the point. It’s an interesting question for the College, which was built after all across the street from its sibling Trinity, today both Anglican and ecumenically evangelical, ministerial and doctoral, pastoral and...

Mon, November 22, 2021


What is “discipleship”?

By John Bowen

A friend told me she once preached about discipleship. After the service, a parishioner came up to her and said, irately, “I am not a disciple. I am a member.” Oh well, I guess it was better than no reaction at all, and certainly better than, “Lovely sermon.”

Like mission and missional, disciple and discipleship can be irritating words. Does anyone understand them? And do we really need them? It...

Mon, November 22, 2021

Photo by <a href="">Kristin

Loneliness—it’s now built in

By David Kupp

There’s a growing ache at the heart of many of our western societies. Its name is loneliness. And a stream of actors has been calling it out of late: psychologists, pastors, pandemistas, even politicians. Loneliness has emerged as the faithful companion to our grandparents’ rural migration from the land and the village, as we chose city, industry, specialization, and dwindling household sizes, while riding the cultural horses of dehumanizing technology...

Mon, November 15, 2021

Justin Stratis

On Being an Immigrant

By Justin Stratis

I am now beginning my fourteenth year as an immigrant. In 2008, my wife and I, along with our young son, moved from the USA to Scotland to pursue my PhD. In 2012, we moved from Scotland to the southwest of England so I could take up my first teaching post in a theological college (then with two more children in tow). And most recently, this past summer we moved...

Fri, November 05, 2021

Anne Hutchinson speaking to two men

How do you know when you’ve gone too far: Lessons from an American Jezebel

By Marion Taylor

Anne Hutchinson (ca. 1591-1643) was a courageous woman who fought for many of the freedoms we now take for granted. The published account of her trial for sedition and heresy—before the Massachusetts General Court when she was forty-six and pregnant with her sixteenth child—illustrates why she has been memorialized as “a martyr on behalf of lay [biblical] interpretation.”[1] It also explains why the Governor of...

Thu, October 28, 2021

A cup and an open book with water in the backdrop

Why I am not “a person of faith”

By John Bowen

I do not consider myself “a person of faith.” There, I said it. Are you shocked? 

Yes, I attend my parish church regularly. I say the creed without crossing my fingers. I renew my baptismal vows at least once a year. So what could it possibly mean to say I am not “a person of faith”?

Well, consider the fact that these days we call people what they want to...

Mon, October 25, 2021

two hands inoculating a person on the arm

Body Politics: Christian Theological Reflections on Vaccination

By Joseph Mangina

It never really occurred to me to not be vaccinated. On learning that effective vaccines against COVID-19 would soon be on the horizon, my initial reaction was: “Where can I sign up?” No doubt my eagerness can be explained in part by a sheer hunger for human connection, after months of lockdown existence. The lockdown had been taking its toll. I wanted to teach my students in person again, I...

Tue, October 19, 2021

1 Corinthians

The Difference between Truth and Opinion

By Stephen Chester

“One must not argue about opinions. A truth is a concentrated and serious procedure which must never come into competition with established opinions.” Alain Badiou, St Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003), 15.


Sometimes incidents that are not very important in themselves can crystallize for us the importance of issues that are much more significant. That happened for me many years...

Thu, October 14, 2021

A syringe in a disposable paper tray, Photo by matnapo at Unsplash

The vaccination question: a theologian reflects, part 1

By Ephraim Radner

This blog post is the first in a series, in which Wycliffe theology professors consider the COVID vaccination debate. In the following, Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology asks, “How did the issue of vaccination so divide the church?”


I am a conservative and traditionalist Christian. Yet during this Time of the Virus I seem to have ended up on opposite sides with many of those with whom I...

Tue, October 05, 2021


Subway Prayer (or How to Pray for Strangers)

By Judy Paulsen

Eight years ago, our family moved into the heart of Toronto. One of the surprises that came with this move was being freed from my car; something I was completely dependent on while pastoring in suburbia. Now I was taking public transit every day as I travelled into Wycliffe College. I knew my trip would entail a short walk on both ends of a subway ride. What I didn’t know...

Fri, October 01, 2021