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Bernard Zylstra Collection



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Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)


South Africa material

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Title: Bernard Zylstra Collection, 1941-1986

ID: COLL/504

Primary Creator: Zylstra, Bernard (1923-1986)

Extent: 12.2 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Details (1941-1986) to professional career of Bernard Zylstra (1923-1986) as a student and scholar of twentieth-century Christian philosophy (particularly the influence of Herman Dooyeweerd's philosophy), politics, and Christian social action, in (but not limited to) Canada. Contains Zylstra's research, writings, speeches, and sermons. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Bernard Zylstra was the fourth of nine children born to Peter Zylstra and Trijntje Hekstra. The family immigrated to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area in 1948.  Zylstra earned degrees from Calvin College (AB, 1955), Calvin Theological Seminary (BD, 1858), University of Michigan Law School (LLB, 1961), and the Free University of Amsterdam (LL M, 1964; SJD, 1968).

An educator, author, and public speaker, Zylstra joined the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), in Toronto, Ontario, in 1968.  He led the efforts that resulted in ICS receiving a charter from the Ontario Provincial Government to grant graduate degrees.  He was active in various social action efforts, and advancing the cause of Christian higher education. His area of profession focus was twentieth-century political theory, and the interface of religion and politics.

On 26 August 1959 Zylstra married Josina Van Nuis.  They had no children.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Professional],
[Series 3: Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)],
[Series 4: Diplomas],
[Series 5: South Africa material, 1929, 1967, 1976-1978],

Series 5: South Africa material --- 1929, 1967, 1976-1978
Box 23
Folder 1: Black Community --- 1929, 1976-1978
Folder 2: Steve Biko, arrest and death --- 1977
Folder 3: Donald Woods-Banned columnist --- 1977-1978
Folder 4: Dr. Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naudé --- 1976-1978
Folder 5: South African Christian National Education --- 1967, 1976
Folder 6: Project on Renews --- 1976-1977
Folder 7: Koinonia Declaration --- 1977
Folder 8: South African Church --- 1976-1978
Box 24
Folder 1: Response of the church --- [1976]
Folder 2: International views --- 1976-1977
Folder 3: Reformational African Studies Project --- 1976
Folder 4: Zylstra essays --- nd
Folder 5-7: South African struggle-general information --- 1976-1977

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Professional],
[Series 3: Institute for Christian Studies (ICS)],
[Series 4: Diplomas],
[Series 5: South Africa material, 1929, 1967, 1976-1978],

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