The main headings on this page are:
NOTE TO READERS: Each heading is marked by an * for easy location by means of the Find function (control F).
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.
- Christians and Mobilization
- Caught in the Middle, Chapter 15
- Missionary Messengers...., pp. 484ff
- Missions: Heralds of Capitalism or Christ?, Ch. 9.
- Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations,
- Vol. 1, "Introduction", pp. 16-24
- Vol. 5, all of Part 2
- Vol. 8, all of Part 2
- See Point F. under “What Others Say….”
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.
SELECTIVE ENGLISH BIBLIOGRAPHY*
Note to Readers: (1) Since all the writings under this heading are Kuyper’s, his name does not appear at the beginning of each item. (2) Many of these Kuyper items are supported by other writings about them for additional explanation and context.
Jordan J. Ballor and Melvin Flikkema, Gen. eds. Collected Works in Public Theology. Lexham Press, on-going. This project can be accessed at: https://abrahamkuyper.com
The Dutch Reformed Translation Society announces plans for the translation of Kuyper meditations. DTRS Newsletter, December 2014. The announcement can be accessed at: http://www.dutchreformed.org/files/3814/1851/3627/Number_17_12-2014.pdf
“The Worship of the Reformed Church and the Creation of Its Service Book.” Transl. James A. De Jong. CTJ, April 2015, pp. 59-90.
Scholarship: Two Convocation Addresses On University Life, d. H. Van Dyke; trans. N. D. Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2014.
Covolo, Robert. Review of above. This review can be accessed at: http://tgcdocuments.s3.amazonaws.com/themelios/Themelios40-1.pdf#page=.
A helpful recommendation cum explanation of the Kuyper book can be accessed at: http://www.clpress.com/publications/scholarship.
Common Grace, eds. J. Ballor, S. Grabill; trans. N. D. Kloosterman, M. van der Maas. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2013. This document can be accessed at: https://books.google.ca/books?id=qbHvAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=Kuyper,+Abraham,+Common+Grace,+eds.+J.+Ballor,+S.+Grabill&source=bl&ots=tVF14kFP-g&sig=rLXDmF4LeqM3yZaE9atcJWjWrZk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiC3aqewq7QAhUY92MKHdBYD_sQ6AEIJzAC#v=onepage&q=Kuyper%2C%20Abraham%2C%20Common%20Grace%2C%20eds.%20J.%20Ballor%2C%20S.%20Grabill&f=false.
Leithart, Peter J., “Kuyper’s Common Grace.” Comments on above in First Things, May 9, 2014. This item can be accessed at: https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/leithart/2014/05/kuypers-common-grace.
Van Til, “Common Grace.” Paper read before The Calvinistic Society Club in Philadelphia, Fall 1941. This document can be accessed at: http://files1.wts.edu/uploads/images/files/WTJ/CVT%20-%20Common%20Grace,%20pt%201.pdf
More information on this book can be found at: http://www.acton.org/sites/v4.acton.org/files/research/Kuyper_Common_Grace_Brochure.pdf and on numerous other websites.
Guidance for Christian Engagement in Government, ed. and transl. H. Van Dyke. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute – Christian’s Library Press, 2013. This book can be accessed at: https://books.google.ca/books?id=VysuCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT2&lpg=PT2&dq=abraham+kuyper+Guidance+for+Christian+Engagement+in+Government&source=bl&ots=mlyy-_QZsr&sig=yJ1nihb_tZlP49cNQ5HKIQeM6pA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiEyt6RqbHQAhVKs1QKHatPBEIQ6AEIOTAG#v=onepage&q=abraham%20kuyper%20Guidance%20for%20Christian%20Engagement%20in%20Government&f=false
Comments on the above can be accessed at: http://blog.acton.org/archives/64016-now-available-kuypers-guidance-christian-engagement-government.html
Rooted and Grounded: The Church as Organism and Institution, ed. and trans. N. D. Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute: Christian’s Library Press, 2013.
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. This document can be accessed at: https://books.google.ca/books?id=qbHvAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=Kuyper,+Abraham,+Common+Grace,+eds.+J.+Ballor,+S.+Grabill&source=bl&ots=tVF14kP-g&sig=rLXDmF4LeqM3yZaE9atcJWjWrZk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiC3aqewq7QAhUY92MKHdBYD_sQ6AEIJzAC#v=onepage&q=Kuyper%2C%20Abraham%2C%20Common%20Grace%2C%20eds.%20J.%20Ballor%2C%20S.%20Grabill&f=false
Anderson, Clifford B, Review of above article (3 pp.). It can be accessed at: http://www.marketsandmorality.com/index.php/mandm/article/viewFile/807/765.
Ballor Jordan J. and Grabil, Stephen J. “The Separation of Church and Art” by Abraham Kuyper. Religion and Liberty, Vol. 21, No. 3. This article can be accessed at: http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-21-number-3/separation-church-art.
Our Worship, ed. H. Boonstra. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Comments and recommendations: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5981499-our-worship.
--------. “Missions According to Scripture.” Transl. Pieter Tuit. CTJ, November 2003, pp. 237-247. Original Dutch title: De zending naar de schrift: Inleidend woord voor het elfde jaarfeest der Nederlandsche Gereformeerde Zendings-Vereeniging (in uittreksel weergegeven). This article can be accessed at: http://www.calvin.edu/library/database/crcpi/fulltext/ctj/95607.pdf
--------, a lecture on missions. Transl. Rimmer De Vries. Delivered in January, 1890, along with original notes of he proceedings. Unpublished translated document, June 27, 2008. It probably is lodged at the Princeton Kuyper Center. It may be the same lecture you can find under Pieter C. Tuit, elsewhere on this page.
Particular Grace: A Defense of God's Sovereignty in Salvation. Trans. by Marvin Kamp. Grandville, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2001.
J. Mark Beach, “Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, and the Conclusions of Utrecht 1905.” Mid-America Journal of Theology, Vol. 19, 2008, pp. 11-68. This is a discussion of an old divisive theological issue related to election among the Reformed and still plays a role in the relationships between the various branches of that tradition. The article can be found at: http://www.midamerica.edu/uploads/files/pdf/journal/beach19.pdf.
For those really interested in the issue, go to: http://www.calltoreform.com/Articles/The%20Conclusions%20of%20Utrecht-An%20Obstacle.pdf
Near Unto God: Daily Meditations Adapted for Contemporary Christians, trans. and ed. James C. Schaap. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. An earlier translation by J. H. de Vries, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans-Sevensma, 1918, can be accessed at: https://archive.org/details/tobenearuntogod00kuyp.
For comments, including readers’ comments, go to: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/804974.To_Be_Near_Unto_God
“Evolution.” CTJ, April 1996, pp. 11-50. AND James D. Bratt (ed.), “Evolution,” in Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998, pp. 403-440. For its convoluted translation history, please see the editorial note at the top of the article on this website: http://www.asa3.org/ASA/resources/Kuyper.html.
Felch, Douglas A., “Science as God’s Work: Abraham Kuyper’s Perspective on Science: A Review Article.” The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, n.d., but 2011 or after. This article can accessed at: http://www.opc.org/os.html?article_id=463&issue_id=101
Gene Fant, “Vanity Fair Meets Abraham Kuyper.” The Institute of Religion and Public Life: First Things, March 2010. These comments can be accessed at:
Van den Brink, Gijsbert, “Evolution as a Bone of Contention between Church and Academy: How Abraham Kuyper Can Help Us Bridge the Gap.” The Kuyper Center Review, n.d. This article can be accessed at: https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2010/02/vanity-fair-meets-abraham-kuyper
Bruinsma, Bob, “Abraham Kuyper and the Dinosaurs.” CC, September 25, 2016. This article can be accessed at: http://www.christiancourier.ca/columns-op-ed/entry/abraham-kuyper-and-the-dinosaurs
Principles of Sacred Theology, trans. J. Hendrik De Vries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1954. This book is accessible at: https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/readbook/EncyclopediaofSacredTheology_10100478#0
The edition in the website below states the following: Encyclopedia of Sacred Theology: Its Principles was first published in English in 1897. This edition was prepared and edited by Benjamin C. Richards founder and President of Reforming Science, www.reformingscience.com, First Revised Edition 2008. http://reformedaudio.org/audio/kuyper/Kuyper%20%20Encyclopedia%20of%20Sacred%20Theology.pdf.
Wyatt, Michael. “Abraham Kuyper’s Encyclopedia of Sacred Theology (Selections).” Post Barthian, March 15, 2012. This article is accessible at: http://postbarthian.com/2012/03/15/abraham-kuypers-encyclopedia-of-sacred-theology-selections/. Wyatt states his selective version was published on www.LuLu.com.
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: http://www.reformationalpublishingproject.com/pdf_books/Scanned_Books_PDF/ChristianityandtheClassStruggle.pdf
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 scholars 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, 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 that would discredit the “tradition.” 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 dualistic logic of their secular Canadian challengers even in the secular (!) courts.
The Practice of Godliness. Transl. Marian M. Schoolland. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1948.
The Work of the Holy Spirit, trans. Hencdrik de Vries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1941, 1946. This work can be accessed at: http://www.calvin.edu/library/database/crcpi/fulltext/ctj/122693.pdf AND at www.ccel.org
"Even though we honor the Father and believe on the Son, how little do we live in the Holy Spirit!" Throughout the history of the Christian tradition, the Holy Spirit has been one of the most elusive aspects of the faith. During Kuyper's time, very little attention had been given to the person and works of the Holy Spirit. Kuyper recognized this void, and as the editor of the weekly religious publication entitled The Herald, Kuyper dedicated approximately one hundred short entries to the works of the Holy Spirit. The Work of the Holy Spirit is a compilation of these entries organized into three Volumes. Volume One addresses the influence of the Holy Spirit in the Church as a whole, while Volumes Two and Three focus on the works of the Holy Spirit in the individual. Kuyper's entries provide a comprehensive study of the Holy Spirit, exploring in detail how the Holy Spirit sanctifies both the Church and its members.
CCEL Staff Writer (see above CCEL URL.)
More comments on the above book can be accessed at: http://stevebishop.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html
The Implications of Public Confession, trans. H. Zylstra. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1934.* This book can be accessed at: https://www.google.com/search?q=kuyper++the+implications+of+public+confession&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 AND at: http://www.reformationalpublishingproject.com/pdf_books/scanned_books_pdf/implicationsofpublicconfession.pdf.
Williams, Brett, “Reflections from the Evangelical Theological Society,” Part II, November 23, 2016.
John Witvliet, a scholar from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, presented an excellent paper entitled, “Protestant Suspicion of Liturgical Form: The Curious Case of Abraham Kuyper.” In his presentation, Witvliet explored Kuyper’s oft-changing and ever-evolving views on liturgical worship as a microcosm for evangelical angst between form and sincerity. A brief survey of Kuyper’s works and lectures revealed his back and forth views on the values and fears of formal liturgies in worship. Notice John H. Wood’s periodization of Kuyper’s views (from Witvliet’s presentation): https://centralmn.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/reflections-from-the-evangelical-theological-society-part-ii/
The following comments are from the URL below:
De Heraut from 11 Jan 1891 - 29 March 1891.
For Kuyper 'Baptism is not complete without its complement, the Holy Supper'. This posed a problem as Kuyper advocated infant baptism. In part to overcome this public confession was required after baptism…. http://stevebishop.blogspot.com/2012/08/kuypers-implications-of-public.html
This short booklet was translated by Henry Zylstra from part III of the Dutch Voor Distel een Murt (1891). It was originally published in English in 1934 by Zondervan. It has since been republished by Federation of Protestant Reformed People's Societies (1934) and by Kessinger Publishing as a print-on-demand book (2010).
Voor Distel een Murt comprised 44 devotions on the sacraments, baptism, public confession and the Lord's supper. The twelve on public confession make up this booklet. They were originally written for, and published taking the 'holy supper'. In these short chapters Kuyper examines the nature of this public confession. He looks at the 'who' and 'why' questions, as well as the questions of church membership and tithing. It is available here as a pdf.
Lectures on Calvinism. Kuyper's Stone Lectures delivered at Princeton. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1898, 1931. Continuous reprinting. This book can be accessed at: http://www.reformationalpublishingproject.com/pdf_books/scanned_books_pdf/lecturesoncalvinism.pdf
Ballor, Jordan. “When Kuyper Came to Princeton.” The Calvinist International, December 5, 2013. This article can be accessed at: https://calvinistinternational.com/2013/12/05/kuyper-came-princeton/.
List of many Kuyper writings. Can be accessed at: https://www.bol.com/nl/c/algemeen/abraham-kuyper-jr/6749866/index.html
Joint Kuyper / Boer Publication*
Kuyper, Abraham and Boer, Jan H. Faith, Science, Miracles, Islam: Four Kuyperian Essays. www.lulu.com, 2010.
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
Guest Writings About Kuyper*
Selection based on information I currently have at my fingertips. It is by no means exhaustive. A more persistent search on the internet would no doubt produce more items. In addition, more Kuyper items are published regularly. So, this is good for a beginning.
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY
|CTJ||Calvin Theological Journal|
DeJong, James, “The Neglected Kuyper.” An unpublished lecture delivered at The Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, April 2014.
Wageman, Mike. “Can Kuyper Still Speak?” CC, Feb 10, 2014. This article can be accessed at: http://www.christiancourier.ca/images/uploads/past-issues/14Feb10.pdf
De Bruyn, Jan, Abraham Kuyper: A Pictorial Biography. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.
James Eglinton and George Harinck, eds., Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. An extensive preview of this book can be found at: https://books.google.ca/books?id=uGYmBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=abraham+kuyper+niet+de+vrijheidsboom+maar+het+kruis&source=bl&ots=CRQPolWN-j&sig=APOlpxiwlGmp8CgBGntmqVhQkak&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiG-8bQ64_RAhVUzWMKHePoA3YQ6AEIJDAC#v=onepage&q=abraham%20kuyper%20niet%20de%20vrijheidsboom%20maar%20het%20kruis&f=false.
Some important notes from Boer, the proprietor of this website:
To those not familiar with Reformational philosophy, the title of this book may seem arcane and uninteresting. I, on the other hand, regard this book as one of the most significant, most informative and most interesting of recent English-language Reformational publications. Hence I lure you into reading this book by providing you with the information below right here on this page, instead of “hiding” it in an attachment. Some of the chapters emphasizing the Bavinck contribution to this tradition are also found in the Bavinck section of this website, while the one about the headscarf also appears on the Islamica page.
Paul Wells, “Foreword,” pp. x-xi:
Wells summarizes the naked Neo-Calvinistic truth so resented by French academia and concludes that France is “a highly conservative country hidden behind libertarian rhetoric.”
James Eglinton, “Preface,” p. xii:
Eglinton writes, “Since the late 1990s, neo-Calvinism has enjoyed a resurgence of international scholarly interest. This has largely been centred on the ever-increasing availability of its foremost thinkers, Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck, in English. That having been 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 Christian theology, 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 conferences, periodicals, websites and books encourage research on neo-Calvinism. 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 theological traditions. By contrast, little comparable scholarly infrastructure has been developed in neo-Calvinism’s native Europe.”
Comments by Boer, the proprietor of this website:
1. The above comments give the impression that Neo-Calvinism is primarily a theological tradition. However, it is much wider: it is a total worldview tradition covering every field of academic endeavour and every aspect of life. Neo-Calvinist scholars are found in all disciplines and its activists in numerous social causes and crusades.
2. Eglinton for some strange reason has failed to mention what is probably the most aggressive Neo-Calvinist institution in North America, namely the post-graduate Institute of Church & Society of Toronto, Canada. Surely, the ICS deserves pride of place in this lineup. It is, furthermore, the prime example of the broad scope of Neo-Calvinism beyond theology.
Chapter headings and authors:
Chapter 1: James Bratt, “Abraham Kuyper and the French Revolution,” pp. 1-12.
Chapter 2: George Harinck: “Herman Bavinck and the Neo-Calvinist Concept of the French Revolution,” pp. 13-28.
Chapter 3: James Eglinton, “From Babel to Pentecost via Paris and Amsterdam: Multilingualism in Neo-Calvinist and Revolutionary Thought,” pp. 29-60. (This digital preview stops in the middle of this chapter.)
Chapter 4: Mark W. Elliott, “Revolution, Theology and the Reformed: Learning from History,” pp. 61-80.
Chapter 5: Robert S. Covolo, “The Theo-Politics of Fashion: Groen van Prinsterer and the ‘Terror’ of French Revolutionary Dress,” pp. 81-98.
Chapter 6: Alissa M. Wilkenson, “Long Films about Love: Kuyper and Kieslowski’s ‘Three Colours’ Trilogy,” pp. 99-114.
Chapter 7: Ewout Klei, “Dutch Orthodox Protestant Paries and the Ghost of the French Revolution,” pp. 115-126.
Chapter 8: Hans Burger, “Kuyper’s Anti-Revolutionary Doctrine of Scripture,” pp. 127-142.
Chapter 9: Wolter Huttinga, “‘Marie Antoinette’ or Mystical Depth?: Herman Bavinck on Theology as Queen of the Sciences,” pp. 143-154.
Chapter 10: Matthew Kaemingk, “French Secularity and the Islamic Headscarf: A Theological Deconstruction,” pp. 155-176.
Chapter 11: Hugo den Boer, “Another Revolution: Towards a New Explanation of the Rise of Neo-Calvinism,” pp. 177-194.
Kuperus, T., “An Eclectic Inheritance: Kuyper’s Politics Today.” Comment, Oct. 25, 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.
James D. Bratt, Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist: Christian Democrat. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. This book can be partially accessed at: https://books.google.ca/books?id=iHByCgAAQBAJ&pg=PT440&lpg=PT440&dq=kuyper+handenarbeid&source=bl&ots=vnp_gySwo5&sig=CNwbLA3UYrYICKJ_Ksawg_gFZnk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiz_eOW_KDQAhWrqlQKHU5GCD0Q6AEIJTAC#v=onepage&q=kuyper%20handenarbeid&f=false
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.
Jacob Klapwijk, “Abraham Kuyper on Science, Theology and University.” Transl. H.D. Morton and G. Groenewoud. Philosophia Reformata 78 (2013), pp. 18–46. This article can be accessed at: http://www.allofliferedeemed.co.uk/Klapwijk/Klapwijk2013KuyperOnScience.pdf
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.
The Kuyper Center Review. The Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2010-2014.
Van Boggende, Bert, “Abraham Kuyper and Work.” CC, 2010.
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.
Review by Hans Boersma, CTJ, 2005 vol 40 no. 2, pp. 341-344. This item can be accessed at: http://www.calvin.edu/library/database/crcpi/fulltext/ctj/122693.pdf
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.
Peter C. Tuit, “Abraham Kuyper on the Meaning of Missions.” CC, April 22, 2002, pp. 13-14.
The above article probably refers to the Kuyper lecture translated by Rimmer De Vries referred to under “Kuyper’s Writings” earlier on this page. The following note is attached to Tuit’s article:
“The above was taken from a speech Kuyper delivered at the 11th anniversary of the Reformed Mission Society at the Scottish Mission Church. It was published from a transcript taken by a reporter and was almost twice as long as the excerpts published here.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
R. D. Henderson, “How Abraham Kuyper Became a Kuyperian.” Christian Scholar’s Review, xxii:1 (1992), pp. 22-35.
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.
An Exhibition on Dr. Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), published by The Institute for Calvinistic Studies in Korea (ICSK), 1988 (50 pp.).
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.
S. U. Zuidema, Common Grace and Christian Action in Abraham Kuyper. N.d., n.p. This article can be accessed at: http://www.reformationalpublishingproject.com/rpp/docs/s_u_zuidema_on_kuyper.pdf
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.
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.
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/
Marnix van St. Aldegonde Foundation (Thinktank for Christian Politics) Email: email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abraham Kuyper: Collected Works in Public Theology. Lexham Press in partnership with Acton Institute. A website with information about English translations of Kuyper publications. This item can be accessed at: www.abrahamkuyper.com.
Complete Kuyper bibliography
Tjitze Kuipers. Transl. Clifford Anderson. Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010. Brill’s Series in Church History, Vol. 55. Leiden: Brill, 2011. This item can be partially accessed at:
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/