Instructor of Philosophy
Justin's teaching and research interests concern how the human person has been understood by ancient, medieval, and modern writers as they have contemplated the question of justice: what we owe to others and what we owe to ourselves.
Justin attended the University of Manitoba where he received a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Religion. He did his graduate work at McMaster University where he received a MA in Religious Studies, focusing on patristics and philosophical theology.
Justin was born in Hamilton and grew up in Regina and Winnipeg. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children. They attend Charleswood Mennonite Church.
Areas of Teaching
Philosophical Theology, Ethics, Existentialism, Ancient Philosophy, Patristics
MA, McMaster University, 2003; BA (Hons), University of Manitoba, 2000
Work in Detail
PHIL 1000 The Task of Philosophy I: The Question of Reality
PHIL 1010 The Task of Philosophy II: The Question of Knowledge
PHIL 3950 Justice
PHIL 2950 Love- Philosophical Investigations
PHIL 3950 Existentialism – Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky
PHIL 2950 Death and Dying
PHIL 2950 Philosophy of Biology
PHIL 2070 Business Ethics
Review of Andrew Robinson, Traces of the Trinity: Signs, Sacraments and Sharing God's Life, in Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. Fall 2015, vol 44, no.2, pp. 226-229
"The Face of Christ in the Face of Nature: A Conversation with Jean Vanier, Socrates, James Cone, and Charles Darwin" in Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. Spring 2014, vol 43, no.1, pp 76-98.
"Faith, Fiction, and Skepticism: Transcendence in Flannery O'Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Albert Camus" in Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. Spring 2011, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 51-64.
"Resources on Idolatry: A Review Article" in Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology. Spring 2011, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 83-92.
Review of Nathan Kerr, Christ, History, and Apocalyptic: The Politics of Christian Mission, in Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. Fall 2009, vol 38, no. 2, pp. 260-262.
"Just War Theory, the Authorization of the State, and the Hermeneutics of Peoplehood: How John Howard Yoder can save Oliver O'Donovan from Himself" in International Journal of Systematic Theology. Oct. 2006, vol. 8, issue 4, pp. 411-432.
Justin's primary community service is at Charleswood Mennonite Church, where he has served as chair of the worship committee and as a children's Sunday School teacher. Currently, he co-teaches the adult Peace and Justice Sunday School class and am serving on a steering committee that is taking up issues related to sexuality in the life of the church.