David T. Koyzis
|David T. Koyzis
David Koyzis was born shortly after
the middle of the
century near Chicago,
up. He comes from a large family. He pursued higher education at Bethel
College (now University), the Institute for Christian
and the University
of Notre Dame. He
lives in Hamilton,
he has taught at Redeemer
University College since
1987. He is the author of the award-winning Political Visions and Illusions
(InterVarsity Press, 2003), which was Christianity Today's Editor's Bookshelf selection in
July 2003. A second book, provisionally
titled, We Answer to Another: authority, office and the image of
God, is forthcoming from Pickwick
Publications. In 2012 he was
awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in
recognition of his contributions to Canada.
Politically he sometimes describes himself as a
While a university undergraduate, he came into contact with the thought
Dooyeweerd (1894-1977), and this had a life-changing impact
His subsequent studies and academic pursuits have been devoted to
and working out the implications of the kingdom of God for politics and
other areas of life. David blogs at three sites: Notes
Byzantine-rite Calvinist, Genevan
(see below) and First
Thoughts, while past blog posts are found at Evangel.
He is married to Dr. Nancy Calvert Koyzis,
who has taught New Testament
studies at Wheaton College, Tyndale Seminary, King's University College
(London), Redeemer and McMaster University. She is the author of Paul,
Monotheism and the People of God
(T & T Clark International) and co-editor with Heather Weir of Strangely
Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts
(Society of Biblical Literature). They have one daughter,
who is, to coin a phrase, the apple of her dad's eye.
|At the Royal Botanical Gardens
Theresa Dawn Calvert Koyzis was
three months premature on 3 November 1998, at 8.28 pm, weighing in at
941 grams (approximately 2 lbs. 1 oz.), thereby becoming the only
in several generations to be early for anything. Altogether she spent
weeks in two Hamilton hospitals before being allowed to come home.
Read her story here.
Theresa was baptized into the Church of Jesus
Christ on sunday,
July 1999. She finally took her first steps six days
after her second
and two days after the indecisive 2000 US election. (In fact, it was
during Peter Jenning's television newscast, and her politically-minded
daddy almost missed it.) Theresa is an amateur ornithologist and loves
to draw. She plays violin, sometimes to her father's guitar
accompaniment. She has a bilingual pet budgie named Ollie, who whistles
in major arpeggios with vibrato but cannot seem to handle chromaticism.
David's interests range widely
throughout the humanities
and arts, mostly because he was never any good at sports in his youth.
He practically grew up at the Art
Institute of Chicago. (In fact, he seems to recall having
a box of crayons there.) He is somewhat interested in the cinema.
His ultimate horror flick, if it were ever to be made, would be titled Attack
of the Killer Giftshops.
He has gastronomic leanings towards vegetarianism, though mostly by
not by conviction.
He has loved music ever since he can
and has published
hymn texts and tunes in several hymnals. He has a special love for the
tunes of the Genevan Psalter,
for which he
written eighty-one English versifications and composed nearly as
arrangements. Check out his website
which includes an introductory essay and other
information, such as a bibliography, annotated discography, links
to other sites, videos and a blog.
His favourite composers include Maurice
Rachmaninov and the filmscore composer Bernard
Herrmann. (Remember the screeching violins in Psycho?)
various kinds of liturgical and folk music. He has a small collection
rare books and maps, the jewel of which is a King James Bible printed
|With friend in Paphos, Cyprus,
Since childhood he has nurtured an
trolleys and interurbans ("radials" here in Canada). All of this is
of a chronic and irrational attachment to obsolescent technology and a
general dislike of automobiles. Not surprisingly some of his favourite
places include the Fox
Museum and the Halton
Railway. Favourite websites include the Chicago
Interurbans Page and Electric
Lines in Southern Ontario.
David's ecclesiastical background is
chequered, to say the least, and he sometimes describes himself as a Byzantine-rite
Calvinist. He grew up in an Orthodox
church and later worshipped in Baptist, United
churches. He has a longstanding connection to the Christian
Reformed Church, although he and his family are now members
of a local Presbyterian congregation.
it less charitably, he seems to have trouble making up his mind.) His
were Greek Orthodox. He still has a considerable interest in Orthodox
Christianity, with further interests in icons
and all things Russian and Greek, including his ancestral island of Cyprus.
Speaking of ancestors, check out his genealogical
webpages and find out how you are related to him. (If you go
back, you'll find a connection – and possibly hundreds of