Welcome to Jan/John H. Boer's Social Theology Site.

so·cial adj. - Of, relating to, or occupied with matters affecting human welfare.

the·ol·o·gy n. - The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions.

- from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Social Theology - The systematic study of and preoccupation with issues of human welfare from the perspective of divine revelation.

Disclaimer—If my major target audience were professional Christian theologians and philosophers, these definitions would need further qualifications. At a more popular level they suffice.


This website has undergone profound changes since its beginning. It was started as my personal website, featuring my family’s missionary history and our missionary accomplishments, especially as missionary author. Since the dominant perspective on which it was based is Kuyperian thought, I subsequently recognized the need for a Kuyperian page. Then, when I became involved in research and writing on Christian-Muslim affairs, it was only natural that the Islamica page be added, but even that page has Kuyperian thought as its base. Getting involved in the distribution of African Gospel Art required yet another page, but even though the a new distributor has brought about changes and we are hardly involved anymore, we continue to feature the page just for your information, for it is truly wonderful art that we have all around the house.

And then came the BIG change. As missionary in Nigeria, I have for years been aware that missions have done little to help African Christians with a Christian worldview that covers all of life. For Nigerian academics, this meant and still means that the millions of Christians among them, whether faculty or student, are hardly aware of Christian academic literature, except in the areas of church, family and theology. The result is that they go through life with a bifurcated perspective with religion and spirituality restricted largely to personal, family and church life, while for the rest of life and culture they are secular or, rather, semi-secular in their thinking and life style. I will not elaborate further on this, for you will find discussions on this subject throughout this website. Just keep your eyes open for it. This situation has recently led me to the decision to enlarge the purpose of this website to that of an ONLINE REFORMATIONAL ACADEMIC LIBRARY in order to make Christian academic literature available to academic Christians in Nigeria not only but throughout the world. This called for the addition of yet another page that I’ve chosen to call REFORMATIONAL, the term its adherents prefer to “Kuyperian” or “Neo-Calvinist.” I’m not going to define all these terms here; you will find descriptions and definitions all through this website. In fact, the entire website is an exposition of that philosophy.

So, now this website has two major purposes. The original purpose remains in effect, but it has been given an additional dimension that has kind of incorporated or almost swallowed the original—but it’s still there!

I am aging and am currently searching for an organization that will be prepared to take over this project either as a static but recognizable digital section of their library. I have made funds available to permanently support the effort. It would be better yet, of course, if the new website owner were to be prepared to continue to develop this library and keep it current. But that may be too much to ask. If any reader can think of a potential partner, please let me know at


Since the second half of the twentieth century, Reformational philosophy or Neo-Calvinism has enjoyed a resurgence of international scholarly interest. This has largely been centred on the ever-increasing availability of its earliest pioneer thinkers, Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck, in English and, not to forget, Herman Dooyeweerd, the leading member of the next generation but now already gone as well. That said, this movement should not be typecast as an exclusively Anglophone occurrence. Bavinck and Kuyper are now being read in Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Hungarian, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. In the global undertaking that is Protestant philosophy and worldview, they are finding their place in often surprising contexts.

The growth of engagement with neo-Calvinism is, however, particularly strong in North America. There, numerous colleges have raised the Reformational banner, not to speak of small universities and even that exclusively post-graduate Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. In addition, there are think tanks and centres that organize conferences, publish books and periodicals, maintain websites and in general encourage research on basis of Reformational philosophy. It is home to both the Kuyper Center of Public Theology (Princeton Theological Seminary) and the Bavinck Institute (Calvin Theological Seminary). At present, North America is the scene of a great exchange of ideas between neo-Calvinism and other Christian traditions.

The movement has its theological side as in the late Gordon J. Spykman’s Reformational Theology: A New Paradigm for Doing Dogmatics,1 possibly the first conscious, serious, not to say “radical,” attempt to renew theology on a Reformational basis, one, moreover, that is a delightful read with its fairly popular and easy style.

However, most of the activity is more of a philosophical and worldview nature along with application in, I believe I’m safe to claim, every academic, professional and social fields. The main pioneering Reformational philosopher, Herman Dooyeweerd, for example, went out of his way to clarify that his work must not be judged by theological standards so much as philosophical.2 This tendency is reflected in this website, where both theology and church are given comparatively short thrift, not because they are not important or necessary, but because this website has as its major target academics who specialize in other fields like science, the arts, and, in general, the liberal arts.

1 Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.For a single-column brief biography, see “Calvin Staff Member and Author Dies.” Grand Rapids Press, July 13, 1993. For a popular review see Al Wolters, “Spykman Work Overturns Old Models.” The Banner, August 9, 1993, pp. 16-17, accessible within the Spykman entry on < Reformational > page of this website.

2G. Puchinger, trans, Jan H. Boer, Dr. Herman Dooyeweerd. See < Reformational > page on this website in the section “Herman Dooyeweerd.”


Meaning of “Boeriana:”

What does “Boeriana” mean? It is a fairly common practice to link a noun, whether ordinary or proper, to the suffix “-iana” or simply “na.” When I first chose that name, I assumed that most people with some academic background were familiar with both the practice and its meaning. To my great surprise, this appears not to be the case. Many of my readers are puzzled by the term.

Well, take terms like “Africana,” “Nigeriana,” “Canadiana,” or “Americana.” What do they signify? They indicate that the materials you are about to read or discuss deal with Africa, Nigeria, Canada or the Americas. In terms of personal names like “Boer” or “Kuyper,” we are dealing with stuff written by or about Boer or Kuyper or, in the case of Kuyper, by adherents to the Kuyperian school of thought. Thus “Boeriana” simply means that the materials before you either are written by or about Boer.

Probably some of you will ask why I do not change the name of this page. Very simple. This website and its various pages are referred to in so many of my documents, especially in foot-and endnotes, that changing it at this stage would cause widespread confusion. So please remember the meaning of the term and run with it as you read the many documents on this website. I wish you a happy read!

Outline of the Boeriana Page:

This page constitutes the general bibliography of Boer’s writings. More specialized bibliographies are found on the Kuyperiana and Islamica pages. Many of the documents are either entirely devoted to Nigeria or have a strong orientation to that country, the reason being that we have served in that country for 30 years. Much of the literature on this page constitutes part of our Nigeria ministry.

Many of the titles of both books and articles are linked to the full text of the item so that this is not only a bibliography but a small library where you can read most of the actual text. And it’s all free of charge for your enjoyment and edification.

As you will see below, the page is divided into sections, most of which are sub-divided into “Books” and “Articles, Lectures, Tracts.”

The major and first linked document is the five-volume memoir of Jan/John & Frances Prins-Boer entitled Every Square Inch—A Missionary Memoir.

Section One

Section Two


“Kuyperiana” means literature that includes the following:

This tradition has led to the creation of a unique and powerful Christian perspective that undergirds much of my work and that of a growing global group of socially concerned individuals such as philosophers, theologians, scientists, authors, politicians, labour and business leaders, etc. as well as institutions such as colleges and universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, labour unions, think tanks, journals and magazines. Its main thrust has been to challenge the established order of secularism, while it also has been addressing the postmodern scene, all of that with a viable alternative philosophical tool kit. Many of its proponents occupy or have occupied strategic positions in various cultural segments in countries around the world, not the least North America.

The Main Outline of this Page:


This page provides extensive coverage of all my Christian-Muslim publications.

african gospel art

60+ multi-coloured cards, pictures, posters and slides covering the entire Gospel in the setting of a Mafa village in Cameroon. Simply Beautiful! Unfortunately, at this point only three samples are available on the site, but be assured that all the others are of the same quality.


This is where you satisfy your curiosity about a guy who calls himself a "Social Theologian."