Ray Pennings

Ray Pennings is Executive Vice President of Cardus, a Canadian think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture. He is one of Canada’s top authorities in industrial relations, as well as public policy, political activism and political affairs generally.

He has headed several of Cardus’ largest research projects over the years, including Buying a Labour Monopoly: An Examination of Job Targeting Programs and their Operation in the Canadian Construction Sector” (1998), “Competitively Working in Tomorrow’s Construction” (2003), “Working Mobile: A Study of Labour Mobility in Canada’s Industrial Construction Sector” (2005), “Working Local” (2008), and the Cardus Education Survey (2011). 

Ray is a recognized political activist, having held senior positions on campaign teams in municipal, provincial, and federal politics. He can often be found making presentations on Parliament Hill, contributing to newspapers and periodicals across Canada and regularly guest appearing on political talk shows. 

Ray did his under-graduate at McMaster University and holds a Masters of Arts in Religion from Puritan Theological Seminary. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on “applied Calvinism” and the theology of Puritan and Calvinist groups in politics and civil society. His publications include Church and Caesar: A Legal Primer for Office-Bearers (2008), several chapters in Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism (2008), and “Calvin the Revolutionary” in Calvin: Theologian and Reformer.



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tags: Charlottesville, public discourse, racism
The triumph of feelings over discourse.


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tags: Christian voters, US presidential election
God used Cyrus to help his people. He used rulers to punish His people.


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tags: religion in public square, tolerance
In an influential book, a Princeton professor argues glibly that religion deserves no special legal consideration.


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