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Readers of my publications listed on both the Boeriana and Islamica pages will notice a certain perspective common to all of it. In most cases it is there as background. In some cases it is more explicitly spelled out as in the following publications, the texts of all of which are found on this website. An exception at this time of writing is Missionaries of Liberation in a Colonial Context because of its huge size (530 pp.), but we are considering placing a scanned version on the Boeriana page.

This perspective is known to its adherents by various names, the most common ones being "Kuyperian(ism)," "Neo-Kuyperian(ism)," "Reformational," and "Neo-Calvinist." It stands in the Calvinist tradition, but is a further development of it pioneered by a movement initiated by a man called ABRAHAM KUYPER (1837-1920) in The Netherlands, but now spread around the globe.


Joint Kuyper / Boer Publication*

Kuyper, Abraham and Boer, Jan H. Faith, Science, Miracles, Islam: Four Kuyperian Essays. www.lulu.com, 2010.

The two translated Kuyper documents are also available on the Calvin College website < www.ccel.org > and on < www.lulu.com > Search for "Abraham Kuyper."

Prefatory Information


Kuyper, Abraham. You Can Do Greater Things than Christ: Demons, Miracles, Healing and Science. Transl. Jan H. Boer. Jos: Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1991, 1993, 2014.

--------. “The Mystery of Islam.” Transl. Jan H. Boer. 2015

Boer, Jan H. “Miracles: Nine Propositions.” 1994, 2016.

--------. Science without Faith Is Dead. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church & Society, 1991, 1993, 2016.

Boer's Kuyperiana Writings

Note: There are already three such items in the Boer-Kuyper book above.

“History and Nature of Kuyper Meditations.” Not yet published except here. August, 2015.

“Kuyper the Evangelical,” CC, May 26, 2014 (p. 11).

“The International Kuyper.” CC, March 24, 2014.

“Eight Social Kuyperian Summary Points.” 2003. Boer, Nigeria’s Decades of Blood – 1980-2002. Vol. 1 of Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations. Belleville, Ontario: Essence Publishing, 2003, pp. 16-23. See the volume on the Islamica page of this website.

“The Role of the Holy Spirit in Structural Transformation According to Abraham Kuyper: 29 Propositions.” Lecture delivered to Reformed Spirituality Network, Hope College, Holland, MI. 1999.

Boer's Kuyperiana Translations

Note: There are already two such items in the Boer-Kuyper book above.

The Ascent of the Son – The Descent of the Spirit: 26 Meditations on Ascension and Pentecost. 2014. Published also on: www.lulu.com and www.ccel.org, 2014.

Thanks professor! I was able to access and download the book. I have it in my computer! I read it through. It is really good. I like it so much. It encourages my spiritual life and builds my understanding. I will follow up some of the other books on your website when at TCNN in August by God grace! – Ezekiel Sudu, Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria missionary to Sierra Leone, 2015

“International Popularity – Local Unpopularity.” Trouw, January 20, 2014.


What Others Say about Kuyper: Quotes, Stories, Theories*

In the paragraphs below I reproduce what some leading scholars and social activists have said or written about Kuyper.

A. James E. McGoldrick

In his English-language book on Kuyper, Abraham Kuyper: God's Renaissance Man, (Evangelical Press, 2000), author James E. McGoldrick introduces him as follows:

While common people have always been the backbone and mainstay of the church, exceptional leaders such as Augustine of Hippo..., John Wycliffe, Martin Luther and John Calvin have appeared at crucial times to serve their undistinguished brothers and sisters in the faith. Such a champion... appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century when Abraham Kuyper became the dynamic leader of Protestants in the Netherlands.

Kuyper was a person of massive intelligence, immense learning, terrific energy and zealous faith. He... received great adulation from...the working and lower middle classes, many of whom struggled to survive economically and few of whom could afford a higher education. Throughout his long career as a pastor, journalist, educator and political leader, Kuyper maintained close contact with the common people and communicated with them effectively, even though he was far above them in intellect and formal learning (pp. 7-8).

Goldrick's list of heroes is hardly exhaustive and should certainly have included Thomas Aquinas, but the position he ascribes to Kuyper is clear. He may not be as well-known in English-speaking culture, but that is because of language problems, not because he does not deserve to be there.

Reviews by Jacob Aitken and others

A journalist, a theologian, a pastor, a prime minister, few people can boast of having such dimensions to their careers! Yet such was the remarkable life of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), who played a major role in helping modern Christians to develop a consistently biblical and practical world-view, not only in his native country of the Netherlands, but throughout much of the world. All of life belongs to God. In Kuyper’s own words, No single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: “Mine!”


B. Charles Colson

Colson was a powerful White House personality who was involved in Nixon's Watergate and landed in prison. His prison experience led him to become a Christian and, before his death, he became a major national spokesman in the US for the Christian community with his radio programme Breakpoint and his Prison Fellowship campaign. He was a popular speaker. I have witnessed him waving Kuyper's Stone Lectures, delivered at Princeton University over a century ago, before his audiences as containing the seed perspective needed for the healing of America. In the Introduction to Colson's A Dangerous Grace we read,

"The great Dutch Calvinist Abraham Kuyper said the battle facing Christians today is between comprehensive life systems--in which principle must bear witness against principle, worldview against worldview, spirit against spirit."

This is the burden of Colson's writings: to develop a bibilically-grounded worldview. The name Kuyper occurs throughout his books. The development of a Biblical worldview was/is a major concern in both Kuyper's writings (Kuyperiana) and my own (Boeriana).

C. Robert Butler

Robert Butler is an Afro-American who sought for a perspective or platform from which to launch a ministry in the inner city. After a long search he settled on the Kuyperian perspective. He explained, "I found the Kuyperian model to be exactly what I was looking for." (Calvin Mosaic, Spring 2000).

D. Richard Lovelace

A much-published American authority on revivals and spirituality. In a recent lecture on Kuyper, he pleaded that Christians should pray for 500 Kuypers with his intellect and Spirit-filled mind.

E. H. Evan Runner

This Irish-German American philosopher who died in March, 2002, wrote the following some decades ago:

After nineteen centuries of history the Church is here for the first time in possession of a worked-out theoretical accounting of the world of culture and of the Christian's relation to it.

F. Joel Carpenter

Joel Carpenter, formerly of Pew Foundation and now at Calvin College, has outlined the way this school of thought is influencing Christian higher education throughout North America and producing leading scholars. It is a world-affirming perspective that is as wide as life itself. As Carpenter put it:

Kuyper's solution to the problem of competing worldviews in his native Netherlands was to embrace pluralism and to emphasize the value-laden, commitment-driven nature of knowledge. He reasoned that people quite naturally formed communities of the like-minded that shared a singular view of reality, a distinctive pattern for living and a socio-political agenda. A just society would recognize this social, intellectual and religious pluralism and encourage the various communities to negotiate the common good.

Likewise, Kuyper insisted, one's knowledge of the world was inevitably coloured and shaped by one's prior commitments-most fundamentally, religious commitments-concerning the nature of reality. Knowing was never value-free; science could not be completely objective. Scientific naturalism thus had no claim to a privileged position over against other worldviews.

Kuyper was not calling for the fragmentation of public life, however. Given God's common grace, he argued, there would be much overlap in human's efforts to understand nature and humanity, and thus opportunities for conversation, debate and negotiation, both in learning and politics. Yet the social-intellectual and religious differences that drove outlooks and agendas were real, and they should not be forced into unitary national establishments, whether religious, intellectual or political. Various communities of faith and values could play public roles, yet not feel compelled to choose between domination, accommodation or withdrawal. They would have the social and intellectual space to work out their particular convictions, but would retain the right to put their ideas into play on an equal basis. (For further details go to my Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 1, pp. 16-24, as listed in my Bibliography on the Islamica page of this website.)

G. Isaac Mutua

During a 2011 international conference dealing with the Kuyperian perspective, the Kenyan scholar Isaac Njaramba Mutua said,

What touched me was the heartfelt desire and the wholehearted determination to establish a relationship between faith with all sectors of life and society. This rich… (Kuyperian) tradition in which… Christians everywhere are interested, as this conference clearly indicated, contains the challenge to develop and protect….

This has forced me into the…work of Herman Dooyeweerd…. Others who have motivated me include Naugle, Plantinga, Goheen and Bartholomew, Wilkens and Sanford’s, Sunshine’s, Skillen, Kuyper, Newbigin,…Wolters and a host of important Western Scholars who offer a good critique of the Western thought. Fowler has continued to be an inspiration together with BJ van der Walt whom I am critically evaluating in my study. As I reflect on this during my study journey, I am strongly motivated by Abraham Kuyper’s confessions in Lectures on Calvinism… (http://www.cpchea.org/).

All the people mentioned in that above paragraph are either overt Kuyperians or heavily influenced by that tradition.

H. James Bratt

Bratt is a historian at Calvin College with specialization in the Kuyper tradition. In reaction to a Kuyper conference held at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998, Bratt pointed to Kuyper’s notion of

…how to handle a plurality of religious convictions in public life. He wanted people of all faiths to be vocal in public life, in the public sphere. He said a person is one whole person; whether Christian or Islam or Marxist that set of beliefs will affect your point of view and cannot be separated.

You look at North America today, you look at Africa today … those are burning questions. How do societies deal with plurality of religious beliefs? Kuyper had some thoughts on such questions and I think we would do well to pay attention to him.

Bratt compared Kuyper to “such modern-day Americans as Martin Luther King, Jr., Pat Robertson and Jesse Jackson, all of whom possess(ed) Kuyperian qualities such as intellect, persuasion, mass organization and political savvy.” Asked about Kuyper’s relevance today, Bratt said, “He was asking questions 100 years ago that Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants are asking today.”

More important, Kuyper answered those questions in ways that could be useful to soldiers in today’s culture wars. How to remain true to one’s faith in a multi-faith society? How to blend faith and politics coherently? How to be Christian to the core and avoid either dropping out or giving in? He makes you think about the question more and come up with your own solution…. That’s what makes him really valuable now.

I. Kwama Bediako

The Ghanian scholar Kwama Bediako, during a visit to the campus of Calvin College and Seminary in Grand Rapids MI, participated in a discussion that featured a heavy emphasis on Thomas Jefferson, a major father figure in the political formation of the USA. One Calvin scholar asked Bediako whether West Africa was not badly in need of their own Jefferson, to which he responded, “What Africa needs even more today is its own Abraham Kuyper.” The person who had raised the question confessed to being “stunned, delighted and mildly embarrassed as the room broke out in applause.”

J. Iskander Saher

I have in front of me a letter from an Indonesian brother, Iskander Saher, a social activist in his own (Islamic) country, who wrote, “I found that it is what we need in Indonesia,” the “it” referring to the wholism of the Kuyperian tradition.

K. John Vriend

The late John Vriend – he died suddenly in February, 2002 – was a professional translator of Dutch literature that came out of the Kuyperian movement. He told me that he was getting enough letters of inquiry from all over the world that he came to the tentative conclusion that the real Kuyper century was not the 20th but the 21st. Well, the world could do worse. (For further details on Mutua, Bratt, Bediako, Saher and Vriend, go to my Every Square Inch—A Missionary Memoir, vol. 4, pp. 45-52, as listed in my Bibliography on the Boeriana page of this website.)

L. Gerald Vanderzande

For close to 50 years Gerald Vanderzande, Toronto, has worked for social justice under the auspices of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). He did this very deliberately from a Kuyperian perspective. In 2001, he was awarded with the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada. See CPJ website www.cpj.ca.

M. Josiah Idowu-Fearon – Bishop of Kaduna Diocese (Anglican Communion), Nigeria

In a prepared introduction to a lecture I was to deliver, he wrote:

“He (Boer) has also introduced another term “Kuyper(ian), a term I came across in the year 2000 while reading up for my research at Ahmadu Bello University. As he has said and I agree with, for Nigeria to develop evenly and make any progress, we have no option but endorse this concept as the only safe future for us as a country and those coming after us.”

N. David Koyzis, Professor of Political Science at Redeemer University College, Ontario, columnist, bloggist and author of, among others, Political Visions and Illusions

Nearly a century after his death, Abraham Kuyper’s moment may finally have arrived. It was a long time in coming.

After a brief flirtation with Anabaptism and Pacifism, a friend alerted me to the writings put out by the old Wedge Publishing Foundation and the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Among other things, I read H. Evan Runner’s Scriptural Religion and Political Task and The Relation of the Bible to Learning. Runner’s dictum that life is religion strongly resonated with me, as did Kuyper ’s commitment to the comprehensive lordship of God in Christ over the whole of life. Here was something worth celebrating. Biblical truths that had previously been in the background for me suddenly came alive and made sense in a new way.

But almost none of my Christian friends and family had heard of Kuyper or know of the vibrant intellectual tradition associated with his legacy. … But the notion of a Christian statesman seeking to honour God in concrete political service was far from view.

(Much of Koyzis' article describes a library of English works on and by Kuyper already published as well as those in process.)

Kuyper's moment may at last have come. My hope is that, with the increasing availability of Kuyper's writings in English, more North American Christians will immerse themselves in his world and in his distinctive piety. At a time when an increasingly aggressive secularism is challenging a biblical witness in so many areas, Kuyper once again offers the tools we need to live obediently as redeemed sinners in the public realm--every square inch of it.

– “Kuyper’s Moment,” CC, December 15, 2015.

O. Bruce Wearne, retired Australian Reformational scholar. “The New American Standard Calvin.” Published on Thinknet, Sept 9, 2009.

P. Nicholas Wolterstorff

To what does Nicholas Wolterstorff credit his vast and multiform philosophical achievements that have launched him as one of the most distinguished Christian philosophers of our day? Above all else, he points to his Dutch reformed heritage, heavily influenced by the thought of Abraham Kuyper. A Kuyperian vision of vigorous practical and intellectual Christian cultural engagement serves as a foundation and impulse for Wolterstorff, launching him into every corner of the philosophical arena, from ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, to politics, art and education. Behind it all is a sustained theological chord that keeps to the fore his concern that his work might serve people and particularly those who suffer.

Bio to Wolterstorff’s Gifford Lectures. His many achievements, honours and positions include President of the American Philosophical Association and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University. http://www.giffordlectures.org/lecturers/nicholas-wolterstorff. Accessed on July 14, 2016.

Q. Richard J. Mouw

“Abraham Kuyper on Jesus and Poverty.” The Banner, May 20, 2016. http://thebanner.org/departments/2016/05/abraham-kuyper-and-dorothy-day

R. Justus M. van der Kroef

Few men in modern Dutch history have played such a significant role as Abraham Kuyper. A theologian of European renown, a church reformer whose activities lastingly changed the existing church order in his country, a statesman who during five decades of an active political career combined his religion with a unique theory of government, and last but not least, a journalist and outstanding man of letters, Kuyper, during the course of his long life, placed a stamp upon the civilization of the Netherlands which it never was to lose. The immense breadth of his intellect, sustained by a tremendous energy, allowed him to speak with authority on subjects ranging from Calvin’s concept of grace, through Islamic architecture, to the future of colonial reform and earned him the epithet of Abraham de Geweldige (Abraham the Magnificent). His greatest achievement, however, was the foundation of a system of religious dogma upon which he erected a political and social philosophy which in the Protestant Netherlands since 1850 was the only one of lasting influence.

Originally published in December 1948; online July 1, 2009 as an abstract under the title “Abraham Kuyper and the Rise of Neo-Calvinism in the Netherlands.” Accessed September 15, 2016.

Selective Bibliography of English-language Publications by and about Kuyper*

(Selection based on information I currently have at my fingertips. It is not exhaustive.) This list includes my own Kuyperian writings. These are marked by my name in bold print. The entries are arranged according to year of publication with the most recent at the beginning.


CC Christian Courier
CTJ Calvin Theological Journal


Kuyper, Abraham, “The Worship of the Reformed Church and the Creation of Its Service Book.” Transl. James A. De Jong. CTJ, April 2015, pp. 59-90.

DeJong, James, “The Neglected Kuyper.” An unpublished lecture delivered at The Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, April 2014.

Boer, Jan H. “The International Kuyper.” CC, March 24, 2014.

Kuyper, Abraham, The Ascent of the Son—The Descent of the Spirit: 26 Meditations on Ascension and Pentecost, trans. Jan H. Boer. www.lulu.com and www.ccel.org, 2014.

Kuyper, Abraham, Scholarship: Two Convocation Addresses On University Life, d. H. Van Dyke; trans. N. D. Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2014.

De Bruyn, Jan, Abraham Kuyper: A Pictorial Biography. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

Kuperus, T., “An Eclectic Inheritance: Kuyper’s Politics Today.” Comment, Oct. 25, 2013.

Wood Jr., John Halsey. Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper’s Struggle for a Free Church in The Netherlands. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Smith, James K. A, “Naturalizing ‘Shalom’: Confessions of a Kuyperian Secularist.” Comment, June 28, 2013.

Van Boggende, Bert, “Kuyper on Art,” CC, April 8, 2013, pp. 11, 16.

Kuyper, Abraham, Common Grace, eds. J. Ballor, S. Grabill; trans. N. D. Kloosterman, M. van der Maas. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2013.

Kuyper,Abraham, Guidance for Christian Engagement in Government, ed. and trans. H. Van Dyke. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2013.

Kuyper, Abraham, Rooted and Grounded: The Church as Organism and Institution, ed. and trans. N. D. Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute: Christian’s Library Press, 2013.

Bratt, James D., Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. Library of Religious Biographies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.

Wood Jr., John H., Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper’s Struggle for a Free Church in the Netherlands. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Rang, Lloyd, “The Scandal of the Reformed Mind.” CC, Sept. 12, 2011, p. 3.

Kaemingk, M., “Faith, Work, and Beards: Why Abraham Kuyper Thinks We Need All Three.” Comment, July 8, 2011.

Mouw, Richard J., The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship: Essays in the Line of Abraham Kuyper. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Mouw, Richard J., Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Kuyper, Abraham, Wisdom and Wonder: Common Grace in Science and Art, eds. J. J. Ballor and S. J. Grabill; trans. N. D. Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2011.

The Kuyper Center Review. The Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2010-2014.

Kuyper, Abraham, You Can Do Greater Things than Christ: Demons, Miracles, Healing and Science, trans. Jan H. Boer. Jos, Nigeria: Institute of Church and Society, 1991 and 1993. Also www.ccel.org and in Four Kuyperian Essays: Faith, Science, Miracles, Islam. www.lulu.com, 2010.

Kuyper, Abraham, The Mystery of Islam, trans. Jan H. Boer. www.ccel.org and in Four Kuyperian Essays: Faith, Science, Miracles, Islam. www.lulu.com , 2010.

Van Boggende, Bert, ? xxxxx “Abraham Kuyper and Work.” CC, 2010.

Kuyper, Abraham, Our Worship, ed. H. Boonstra. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

De Vries, Rimmer, translation of Kuyper's lecture on missions given in January,1890, along with original notes of the proceedings. Unpublished document, June 27, 2008.

Budziszewski, J., ed. Evangelicals in the Public Square: Four Formative Voices on Political Thought and Action, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006.

Bacote, Vincent E, The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Perry, John, “The Weight of Community: Alasdaire MacIntyre, Abraham Kuyper, and the Problem of Public Theology in a Liberal Society.” CTJ, Nov., 2004, pp. 303-331.

Sproul, R. C., ed. Abraham Kuyper: A Man for All Spheres. Ligonier Ministries: Table Talk, Oct. 2002.

Bolt, John, A Free Church, A Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper's American Public Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.

Morel, L. E., “Citizen Kuyper: Born-Again American.” Acton Institute’s Religion & Liberty series, vol. 11, no. 4, July/Aug., 2001.

Kim, Jeom O., The Relevance of Abraham Kuyper’s Sphere Sovereignty for the Korean Presbyterian Church. Unpublished Master’s thesis, Calvin Theological Seminary, n.d. Abstract in CTJ, April, 2001, pp. 231-232.

David Naugle, “Introduction to Kuyper’s Thought.” February 2001. This article can be accessed at: http://kuyperian.blogspot.ca/2004/08/introduction-to-kuypers-thought.html

Kuyper, Abraham. Particular Grace: A Defense of God's Sovereignty in Salvation. Trans. by Marvin Kamp. Grandville, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2001.

Lugo, L. E., Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life: Abraham Kuyper's Legacy for the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. Includes two relevant articles—

Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart, "The Carrot and the Stick: Kuyper on Gender, Family, and Class."

Bolt, John, "Abraham I, Walter Rauschenbusch, and the Search for an American Public Theology."

McGoldrick, J. E., Abraham Kuyper: God's Renaissance Man. Darlington, UK: Evangelical Press, 2000. For review see John Bolt, CTJ, Nov. 2000, pp. 374-375.

Boer Jan H., “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Structural Transformation According to Abraham Kuyper: 29 Propositions.” Lecture delivered to Reformed Spirituality Network, 1999.

Stockwell, Clinton, "Abraham Kuyper and Welfare Reform: A Reformed Political Perspective." Pro Rege: Sept. 1998, pp. 1-15.

Mouw, Richard, “The Seminary, the Church, and the Academy.” CTJ, Nov. 1998, pp. 457-468.

Menninga, Clarence, “Critical Reflections on Abraham Kuyper’s Evolutie Address.” CTJ, Nov. 1998, pp. 435-442.

Van Dyke, Harry, “How Abraham Kuyper Became a Christian Democrat.” CTJ, Nov. 1998, pp. 420-434.

Haas, Guenther, “Kuyper’s Legacy for Christian Ethics.” CTJ, Nov. 1998, pp. 320-349.

Harinck, George, “’Give Us an American Abraham Kuyper:’ Dutch Calvinist Reformed Responses to the Founding of the Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.” CJL, Nov. 1998, pp. 299-319.

Bolt, John, “Editorial: Abraham Kuyper in Context.” CTJ, Nov. 1998, pp. 275-276.

Bratt James D., Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Heslam, P. S., Creating a Christian Worldview: Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Kuyper, Abraham, Near Unto God: Daily Meditations Adapted for Contemporary Christians, trans. and ed. James C. Schaap. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

Donald N. Petcher, “What Does It Mean to Be Kuyperian?” April, 1996. This article can be accessed at: http://kuyperian.blogspot.ca/2004/10/what-does-it-mean-to-be-kuyperian.html

Bolt, John, “Editorial: Abraham Kuyper.” CTJ, April 1996, pp. 9-10.

Kuyper, Abraham, “Evolution.” CTJ, April 1996, pp. 11-50.

Bratt, James D. , “In the Shadow of Mt. Kuyper: A Survey of the Field.” CTJ, April 1996, pp. 51-68.

Skillen, James W., “From Covenant of Grace to Equitable Public Pluralism: The Dutch Calvinist Tradition.” CTJ, April 1996, pp. 67-96.

Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart, “Abraham Kuyper and the Cult of True Womanhood: An Analysis of De Eerepositie der Vrouw.” CTJ, April 1996, pp. 97-124.

Rodgers, R. E. L, The Incarnation of the Antithesis: An Introduction to the Educational Thought and Practice of Abraham Kuyper. Durham, UK: Pentland Press, 1992.

Praamsma, Louis, Let Christ Be King: Reflections on the Life and Times of Abraham Kuyper. Jordan Station, ON: Paideia Press, 1985.

Langley, McKendree R. The Practice of Political Spirituality: Episodes from the Public Career of Abraham Kuyper, 1879-1918. Jordan Station, ON: Paideia Press, 1984.

Vanden Berg, Frank, Abraham Kuyper: A Biography. St. Catharines: Paideia, 1978. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960.

Kuyper, Abraham, Principles of Sacred Theology, trans. J. Hendrik De Vries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1954.

Kuyper, Abraham, The Problem of Poverty, trans. and ed. James Skillen. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991. An earlier translation of the same original was published under the title Christianity and the Class Struggle, trans. Dirk Jellema. Grand Rapids: Piet Hein Publishers, 1950. Original title: Het Sociale Vraagstuk en de Christelijke Religie. Amsterdam: Wormser, 1891.

The URL below is that of the Jellema translation:

Notes from Jan H. Boer, the proprietor of this website:

(1) On the dedication page of the Jellema translation you will see three sets of initials. They represent the names of the following highly respected scholars at Calvin College:

W. H. J. – William Harry Jellema
H. S. – Henry Stob
H. Z. – Henry Zylstra

It is interesting that Dirk Jellema – whether related to WHJ, I do not know – chose those three scholars. Indeed, they were first-rate scholars, but this book is about fiery passion for the poor, not a characteristic these men had developed or were known for. I refer you to my book Nigeria’s Decades of Blood 1980-2002, pp. 22-23 for further thoughts along this line. Go to that book on the Islamica page of this website.

It is significant that Nicholas Wolterstorff dedicates his small but powerful book, Reason within the Bounds of Religion, to the same three gentlemen in these words: “To one Harry and two Henry’s – Jellema, Stob, Zylstra – who twenty-five years ago first gave me a vision of what it is to be a Christian scholar.” (For that book itself go to the Guest Articles page on this website.)

(2) It is interesting that during the very month this entry is written – September, 2016 – the Canadian magazine Maclean’s features an infomercial from the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) that is a direct product of the Kuyperian tradition as it has developed in Canada and can truthfully claim to represent the passion and insights Kuyper expresses in his book of so long ago. Here is a successful example of a contemporary application of the Kuyperian tradition in another culture, both philosophically and structurally (Maclean’s, September 5 & 12, 2016, pp. 32-35). Jellema and Stob, two of the scholars to whom this translation is dedicated, fought the rise of the CLAC bitterly as a culturally inappropriate transplant of Kuyperian thought to Canada. If they could see what’s on the ground today, they would have to eat their words! Apart from the power of faith and the God this tradition seeks to serve, these scholars did not realize the power of the superior logic inherent in this tradition that was able to overcome the logic of their secular Canadian opponents in the courts.

Kuyper, Abraham, The Practice of Godliness. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1948.

Kuyper, Abraham, The Work of the Holy Spirit. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1941.

Kuyper, Abraham, The Implications of Public Confession, trans. H. Zylstra. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1934.

Kuyper, Abraham, Lectures on Calvinism. Kuyper's Stone Lectures delivered at Princeton. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1898, 1931. Continuous reprinting.

Calvin Theological Journal. Published by Calvin Theological Seminary. Miscellaneous issues.

Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Digital Library of Abraham Kuyper.

Websites with Similar Vision*

Describes Kuyper translation project www.abrahamkuyper.com

Calvin College www.calvin.edu

The King's University College www.kingsu.ab.ca

Redeemer College www.redeemer.on.ca

Dordt College www.dordt.edu

Paul Henry Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics www.calvin.edu/academic/pols/henry/

Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto www.icscanada.edu

International Assoc. for the Promotion of Christian Higher Learning iapche.dordt.edu/index.html

Institute for Reformational Studies (Potchefstroom, South Africa) www.puk.ac.za

Association for Christian Higher Education in Australia (ACHEA) members.ozemail.com.au/~centre/

Reformatorische Politieke Federatie
Marnix van St. Aldegonde Foundation (Thinktank for Christian Politics) Email: marnix@rpf.nl

www.acton.org/compassion Features an article about Kuyper's social thought.

Charles Colson's Radio Programme BreakPoint www.breakpoint.org

Shepherds for Peace (legal issues and reconciliation) www.shepherdsforpeace.com

Citizens for Public Justice www.web.net/~cpj/

Center for Public Justice www.cpjustice.org

Centrum voor Reformatorische Wijsbegeerte home01.wxs.nl/~srw/

Centre for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education in Africa http://amani.org.au/cpchea


www.kuypercentre.ca (for emerging scholars—in Ontario) See CC Feb 10, 2014, p. 1

Steve Bishop

He blogs regularly at http://stevebishop.blogspot.com. He has compiled a serious bibliography of over 400 works on Kuyper. It is too long for inclusion in this page, but, in addition to the above, I refer you to his other websites for his Kuyper products as well:

“An accidental blog” – This can be accessed at: https://stevebishop.blogspot.ca/2007_03_01_archive.html
He can be contacted at: stevebishop.uk@gmail.com

Complete Kuyper bibliography

A friend recently sent me the following information:

“A complete annotated bibliography of all Kuyper’s writings was published two years ago by Brill, a Dutch publisher of scholarly works. It comprises some 700 pages and it costs, I think, $150. It was a ten year project. Only in English. It is on pts website and I believe it needs copyright approval.”

Abraham Kuyper books for sale: http://www.bookfinder.com/author/abraham-kuyper/2/

Contact Info

Dr. John H. Boer
907-1250 Bute Street
Vancouver, BC, CANADA V6E 1Z9
Email: boerjf@hotmail.com
Telephone: 604-646-8016