CIVIL SOCIETY: EAST & WEST

About the Authors

Peter Blokhuis, Editor

Dr. Peter Blokhuis studied environmental technology, art history, and philosophy. In 1976, he earned his M.A. in Philosophy, after which he worked as an assistant of Henk van Riessen at the Free University. In 1985, he defended his thesis Kennis en Abstractie (Knowledge and Abstraction). From 1984 to 1989, Peter worked for the Foundation for Reformational Philosophy and taught ethics for the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede. He has served as head of the department of nursing of Christelijke Hogeschool Ede. Peter has published articles in Beweging (the magazine of the Foundation for Reformational Philosophy), Philosophia Reformata, and various nursing magazines. His most recent articles deal with the ethics and philosophy of health care. He was curator of the Research Institute of the Christian political party Christen Unie and now is party chairman of the party. He is head of the department of communication and journalism. Peter was the Chair of the Program Committee for the Moscow Conference.

Christian Buchiu

Professor Christian Buchiu is assistant professor at Hyperion University in Bucharest, Romania, where he teaches religious studies. Christian received his B.A. degree from the University of Bucharest, his Th.M. from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New York, and his M.A. in political theory from the University of Bucharest. He is currently finishing a doctoral degree in philosophy at the University of Bucharest.

Govert J. Buijs

Dr. Govert J. Buijs (b. 1964) studied political science, philosophy, and theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn, and the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. He wrote a dissertation on the politico-theological interpretations of totalitarianism, especially on the work of Eric Voegelin., which was published in 1999 by Boom in Amsterdam as Tussen God en duivel: Totalitarisme, politiek en transcendentie bij Eric Voegelin (Between God and devil: Totalitarianism, politics, and transcendence in the work of Eric Voegelin). As faculty member in philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Govert teaches political and social theory. He is coordinator of the M.A. program Christian studies of science and society. His present research focuses on the relation between religion and civil society. Govert is married and has two sons.

Sarolta Fodor-Nagy

Dr. Fodorné Nagy Sarolta is a minister and lecturer at the Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Teacher Training Faculty, in Nagyk?rös, Hungary. She studied theology at the Reformed Theological Academy in Budapest and pedagogy at Debrecen University. She received one trimester of postgraduate training at the Edinburgh New College and earned the Ph.D. in Practical Theology in 1995. She is author of several books: Home-Marriage-Homeland (1990), Catechetical Issues on Communication (1996), Handbook for R.E. Teachers, 1st Grade (1998), R.E. Textbook for the 1st Grade (2003), A lesson on History (2006). She teaches Ecclesiastics and Methodology of Christian Religious Education. Sarolta is the wife of a minister and mother of three boys.

Wendy E. Helleman

Dr. Wendy Helleman teaches at the University of Jos (Nigeria) under the auspices of Christian Studies International (the Canadian branch of the International Institute for Christian Studies based in Kansas City, USA). Previously she taught at University of Toronto (Canada) and in the Philippines. From August 1995 until February 2002, she and her husband, Adrian, taught in the Faculty of Philosophy at Moscow State University. Wendy's research area is early Christian philosophy. Her dissertation is titled Soul Sisters: A Commentary on ENNEADS IV 3 (27), 1-8 of Plotinus. She has recently edited a collection of articles: The Russian Idea, in Search of a New Identity. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2004.

David A. Hoekema

Dr. David A. Hoekema is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he served from 1992 to 1998, as academic dean and in 1998-99 as interim vice president for student life. His publications include a monograph on the philosophy of punishment (Rights and Wrongs: Coercion, Punishment and the State), a study of the moral environment of the university (Moral Rules and Campus Community: In Place of In Loco Parentis), and an edited anthology on religion and culture (Christianity and Culture in the Crossfire, edited with Bobby Fong). In 2000, he organized a conference on "Religion and Politics in Russia" with Alexei Bodrov; the papers presented at that conference are currently under consideration by Eerdmans of Grand Rapids. Hoekema received the B.A. from Calvin College and the Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Calvin faculty, he was a member of the philosophy faculty at St. Olaf College and at the University of Delaware; the latter post he held while serving as executive director of the American Philosophical Association. In fall 2004 and 2005, he was the director of the Study in Ghana program of Calvin College.

Erik Hoekstra

Dr. Erik Hoekstra currently serves as president at Dordt College. Prior to that, he served as Dordt College provost, president of Harbor Consulting Group, and chief development officer for Harbor Group and the Interstates Companies. His background includes leadership roles in wholesale distribution and retail management. He has also served as chairperson of the Business Department at Dordt College, a four-year liberal arts college in Iowa. Desiring to see workplaces become places of realized potential, he focuses directly on organizational and people development issues. Hoekstra regularly works with senior managers to diagnose, analyze, and provide solutions for organizational challenges across various enterprises, using primarily a "systems thinking" approach to problem solving. Erik holds B.A. degrees in history and philosophy, a M.A. in international management from The Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in organizational learning and human resource development from Iowa State University. He has co-authored several publications on coaching and delegation and on change management, including The Manager as Change Agent (Perseus 2000).

Leo J. Koffeman

Dr. Leo J. Koffeman (b. 1948) is an ordained minister in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, the result of the (re-)unification of three denominations as of May 2004. He has been teaching as professor of church law and ecumenism at the Kampen Theological University since 1993 and as associate professor of church law at the Utrecht University since 2004. In 1974, he completed his theological studies at Kampen Theological University. He served three local congregations during the first 15 years of his ministry. In 1986, he wrote his doctoral thesis on Roman Catholic ecclesiology (Vatican II). In 1989, his synod appointed him secretary for ecumenical relations. In that capacity he attended many national and international conferences, and participated in team visits etc. Leo is married and has three children.

Fedor Nikolayevich Kozyrev

Dr. Fedor Kozyrev (b. 1961) was born in St. Petersburg. After graduating from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in biology and serving as an engineer of melioration of soils at the Institute Gyprovodhoz in St. Petersburg, he took post-graduate studies at St. Petersburg Agricultural University. Fedor successfully defended his thesis, The Organic Matter of Soils, in 1991. After taking the theological course for teachers at St. Petersburg Theological Academy in 1993-1994, he has been delivering public lectures on Orthodoxy, and engaging in publishing and teaching. Since 1993, Fedor has taught a "Bible with Basics of Christianity" facultative course for tenth and eleventh year students. In 2001 he was invited by the philology department of St. Petersburg Herzen State Pedagogical University and Russian Christian Academy for Humanities to teach religious pedagogy. Fedor currently serves as the director of the Religious Pedagogy Centre at the Interchurch Partnership "Apostolic City," heads the religious pedagogical department of Russian Christian Academy for Humanities, and is assistant professor at St. Petersburg Christian University. Fedor is also a doctoral candidate at Herzen State Pedagogical University, preparing a dissertation on nonconfessional religious education and the perspective of its development in Russia. Titles of his English articles are: "The contemporary condition of religious education in Russian schools and the perspectives of its interdenominational model," "On the Place and Role of Religious Education in Russian Schools: Retrospection and Prospects," "Religious Education in Schools: Ideas and Experiences from around the World," "The Religious and Moral Beliefs of Adolescents in St. Petersburg," and "The Roles of Dialogue in Religious Education: a Russian Perspective." Fedor has also published a number of books in Russian.

Nick Lantinga, IAPCHE Executive Director

Dr. Nick Lantinga received his B.A. in political science from Calvin College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago. He is interested in the relationship between thinking and acting. His dissertation, The Miracle that Saves the World: Augustine and Hanna Arendt's Politics of Redemption, ties Arendt's religious assumptions to her theory of action. From 1993 to 1995 he combined graduate work in urban politics with volunteering in some of Chicago's first community policing initiatives. This double focus is evident in radio and print political commentary as well as more academic venues, Christian Scholar's Review, Regeneration Quarterly, and IAPCHE's edited volumes. Nick has worked at IAPCHE since July 2002, and is married to Sherri Lantinga, professor of psychology at Dordt College. Together they raise three children.

Svetlana Panich

Dr. Svetlana Panich serves as a lecturer at St. Andrews Biblical Theological Institute, and is the vice-dean at Mohila Academy, School of Theology and Humanities in Kiev, Ukraine. Her research area is religious education in the post-atheistic society and her dissertation is Literature as a Source of Religious Education. She wrote also on the Dialogical Approach to RE in Post-Atheistic Society; and Hospitality as a Metaphor for RE in Multicultural Environment.

Barend J. van der Walt

Prof. (emeritus) Bennie J. van der Walt taught Christian philosophy for 25 years at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, in South Africa. He was also director of the Institute for Reformational Studies from 1974 to 1999. He is presently research fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. He has written many articles and books in theology and philosophy, both in his mother tongue Afrikaans as well as in English.

John R. Visser

Dr. John Visser is professor of finance and international business with the business administration department at Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa, U.S.A. Prior to getting his Ph.D. in finance, John worked at a large bank in Chicago and in the importing and exporting business. Although his research was originally highly technical, dealing, for example, with the mathematical modeling of bank stock prices, in more recent years he has focused on an interdisciplinary approach to wealth creation, and especially on the key role that values, ethics, and worldview play in that process. John and his wife, Linda, a part-time teacher at the local Christian primary school, have three children and four others who have lived in their home for various periods of time, but who are not their biological children.

H. A. C. (Jet) Weigand-Timmer

Jet Weigand-Timmer received her MA in educational sciences from the Free University in Amsterdam and was until recently Director of the Center for Reformational Philosophy in the Netherlands. She has served as alderman of the city of Culemborg. Her recent executive functions include being a board member of the Foundation Christelijk Sociaal Congres, president of Ouders & COO, member of the board of presidents of the European Parent Association, board member of the Abraham Kuyper Foundation, and member of the board of the Evangelische Forschungs Akademie in Berlin.