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G. Elijah Dann

Ph.D.; Th.D.; Philosophy & Religion, Simon Fraser University, Author

G. Elijah Dann holds the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en Théologie from the Université de Strasbourg, France. He teaches philosophy and religion for the Seniors Program at Simon Fraser University, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Dann has taught in departments of religion, philosophy, and health sciences, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Along with his teaching, research, and writing responsibilities, from 1999-2007, he also served as the Clinical Ethicist for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.

He is author of the books God and the Public Square and After Rorty: The Possibilities for Ethics and Religious Belief. He is co-author of An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion, editor of Leaving Fundamentalism, and co-editor of Philosophy: A New Introduction.
It's Time For Squamish To Grow a Pair And Get

It's Time For Squamish To Grow a Pair And Get Political

Like it or not, it's time for Squamish to grow a pair and get political. Stop, even for a few hours, the trail bike riding. The hiking. The mountain climbing. The kite boarding. If the mudders really want to "live the life," then it's time to really get dirty. But by putting a little time aside for arguing and debating for the environment you so immensely enjoy.
10/09/2014 01:55 EDT
An 'Epic' LNG Battle Pits Squamish Against B.C.

An 'Epic' LNG Battle Pits Squamish Against B.C. Liberals

We all have busy lives. And that's exactly how the more mischievous of politicians like it. A busy, distracted, and somewhat plump populace who, even if they find out about a government program they don't like, won't quite be able to find the time, energy, or solidarity to do battle. In the case of B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her grandiose LNG dream, that's the modus operandi.
07/10/2014 06:01 EDT
Take it From Rex Murphy, Religious Morality Is Bad for

Take it From Rex Murphy, Religious Morality Is Bad for Politics

This sort of bleating about how difficult the road is for the religious politician is stunning. We are witness to an era of dominance when North American politicians proudly and arrogantly proclaim their religious righteousness and Christian bravado. The worst of it is seen, almost daily, in the once proud Republican Party.
06/25/2014 12:52 EDT
Please Don't LNG Us: An Open Letter To Christy

Please Don't LNG Us: An Open Letter To Christy Clark

You can still go on road trips. But instead of visiting China, why not visit those countries that are heavily investing in sustainable, renewable resources? You wouldn't have to go far. Just a quick trip to California. With "the world's eighth-largest economy in 2013," accepting that climate change is a reality -- it is quickly moving away from its dependency on fossil fuel. Certainly B.C. could follow suit.
05/27/2014 14:55 EDT
Squamish on the Precipice: Saying 'No' to

Squamish on the Precipice: Saying 'No' to LNG

We were told how other towns that accepted this industrial turn now look. It's not pretty. "Drive through some of those towns," we were told. See for yourselves what industry has delivered. Smell the air. Look around. See what these oil and gas facilities have done to communities.
04/19/2014 12:50 EDT
Worldwide Homophobia: The Case of Sacred Sex and Trinity Western

Worldwide Homophobia: The Case of Sacred Sex and Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University: Their "values" have once again come under scrutiny with their recent desire to have their own shiny law school. The most interesting part of TWU's covenant is the voluntary, obligatory commitment to abstain from "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman." In other words, no gay fornical kabootling. It's shameful thinking. Especially in Canada.
02/15/2014 08:05 EST
Denying Science Will Invite More

Denying Science Will Invite More Disasters

We are stoking the heat ourselves, with the colossal pressure and encouragement of all the corporations that make billions in return for our dependency on fossil fuel, funneling a pittance in revenue to our governments, all the while decaying our democracy. Dumbing down its citizens with the toys offered in return.
06/24/2013 12:16 EDT
Does Christian Law School Stunt Moral

Does Christian Law School Stunt Moral Progress?

Law students and associations across Canada have a bone to pick with Trinity Western University's aspirations to be Canada's first Christian law school. Given that it's controversial and it involves conservative Christians, no surprise it's also about sex. Still less surprise, it's about same-sex. Whenever someone is arguing for something, it's fair and often quite enlightening to look for his or her basic operating assumption. The conservative Christian obsession with homosexuality is no secret, but what exactly is its basis?
04/01/2013 12:18 EDT