When De Brauw died the next year, Kuyper stood again in the by-election for the same district. This time he was elected to parliament, defeating the liberal candidate Herman Verners van der Loeff. Kuyper subsequently moved to The Hague , without telling his friends in Amsterdam. In parliament he showed a particular interest in education, especially the equal financing of public and religious schools.

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Shelves: philosophy , favorites , religion-spirituality-theology Im not exaggerating when I say reading Lectures on Calvinism has changed my life. Kuyper blew my Wesleyan-Holiness-trained mind regularly, so much so that I had no choice but to take two weeks to fully soak in the page wonder. Kuyper delivered these six talks in as a Stone Foundation lecture series at Princeton Theological Seminary. Taken together, the lectures provide a thorough outline of Kuypers Calvinist thought and its impact on every square inch of society.

He defends Calvinism — in his mind an unfairly maligned worldview — like a honey badger: What I demand then, and demand with an historic right, is that this ungrateful ignoring of Calvinism shall come to an end; that the influence it has exerted shall again receive attention where it still remains stamped upon the actual life of today; and that, where men of a wholly different spirit would unobservedly divert the current of life into French revolutionary or German-pantheistic channels, you on this side of the water, and we on our side, should oppose with might and main such falsification of the historic principles of our life.

And really, why would a nation conceived in liberty accept the notion that all events, from heavenly to hellish, have been willed by God, or that people unelected by God for salvation would be born simply to burn in Hell for eternity?

What about free will for crying out loud!?! Kuyper adds context to a troubling theological concept. Some of the content flew straight over my head while some of it was really, really great. To him, Calvinism is not just a theologically system but a life system. A couple of other cool things found in reading Kuyper With his understanding of the activity of God over all things, it makes total sense that First time reading Kuyper. His trumpeting the term so boldly is an act of defiance in and of itself.


Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures

He was elected to the House of Representatives for the district of Ommen in the by-elections in the same year, defeating the liberal De Meester. Kuyper subsequently moved to The Haguewithout telling his friends in Amsterdam. Thus understood, Calvinism is rooted in a form of religion which was peculiarly its own, and from this specific religious consciousness there was developed first a peculiar theology, then a special church-order, and then a given form for political and social life, for the interpretation of the moral world-order, for the relation between nature and grace, between Christianity calvlnism the world, between church and state, and finally for art and calvjnism and amid all these life-utterances it remained always the self-same Calvinism, in so far as simultaneously and spontaneously all these developments sprang from its deepest life-principle. The question of faith at that time dominated every activity in public life. Calvin was not the author of this, but God who through His Holy Spirit had wrought in Calvin that which He had wtone in them. Yea, even as a grain of wheat from the sarcophagi of the Pharaohs, when again committed to the soil, bears fruit a hundredfold, so Calvinism still carries in itself a wondrous power for the future of the nations. And if, in His impenetrable wisdom, God employed the Revolution as a means by which to overthrow the tyranny of the Bourbons, and to bring a judgment on the princes who abused His nations as their footstool, nevertheless the principle of that Revolution remains thoroughly anti-christianand has since spread like a cancer, dissolving and undermining all that stood firm and consistent before our Christian faith There is no doubt then that Christianity is imperiled by great and serious dangers.



Source: [4] Jesus is Lord over all of creation. The idea that all of life is to be redeemed. All knowledge is affected by the true knowledge of God through redemption in Christ. Genesis —28 has been described as a cultural mandate. It is the mandate to cultivate and develop the creation. Redemption is a restoration of creation. Hence, neither faith-institutions nor an institution of civil justice that is, the state should seek totalitarian control or any regulation of human activity outside their limited competence.


Abraham Kuyper

Nikolmaran Old Europe remains even now the bearer of a longer historical past, and therefore stands before us as a tree rooted more deeply, hiding between its leaves some more matured fruits of life. One stone only in a wall at Geneva remains to remind one of Calvin. Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from January All accuracy disputes Articles with disputed statements from March The opposition against Rome aimed therefore with the Calvinist first of all at the dismissal of a Church which placed itself between the soul and God. To have placed man on a footing of equality with man, so far as the purely human interests are concerned, is the immortal glory which incontestably belongs to Calvinism. Aroundhe began to sympathise with the orthodox tendency within the Dutch Reformed Church.

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