Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) is one of the most remarkable men in the history of Reformed Christianity. He was eminent in Dutch public life for half a century and left a deep imprint on Dutch immigrant communities in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. A theologian, politician, journalist, university founder, and seminal thinker in the history of modern Calvinism, Kuyper offered an engaging critique of the nineteenth century that still has much to say at the end of the twentieth.
This anthology, published in the centennial year of Kuyper's famous Stone Lectures, gathers sixteen key writings by Kuyper never before available in English. Included in this volume are Kuyper's definitive statements on politics, education, culture, and the religious currents and social problems of his time. Also included are Kuyper's own conversion narrative, his critiques of Modernism and of Holiness theology, his proposals on common grace and Calvinist politics, his reflections on a culture in thrall to pantheism and evolution, and his classic address on "sphere sovereignty."
Freshly translated and rendered in a clear, accessible style, these writings clearly display Kuyper's wide-ranging and creative Christian mind. Editor James Bratt provides helpful explanatory notes and an introduction to each piece. Photographs, cartoons, and short excerpts from some of Kuyper's better-known works also make this an attractive volume that will stand as the premier Kuyper reader for years to come.
"Bratt is a skilled editor, and his selections from Kuyper have the advantage of representing both different periods in Kuyper's development and the major themes in the Dutch conservative's thought. . . Although it has been a century since Kuyper presented his ideas to an American audience in the Stone Lectures at Princeton Seminary, many American religious historians are just beginning to appreciate his impact on American evangelicalism. Yet, much of neo-evangelical as well as present-day evangelical theology is inexplicable without Kuyper in the background. Bratt has done American religious historians a major service by publishing these texts in a single volume."
"Bratt not only sets Kuyper's work in its 19th-century context but shows the relevance of his ideas to contemporary debates on modernism, evangelicalism, and fundamentalism."
The Weekly Standard
"The appearance of a new hefty volume . . . is consequently a major event. The essays in the collection, skillfully edited and introduced by James Bratt, display the range of Kuyper's intellectual contributions. . . Kuyper's writings deserve sustained attention. . . As a successful politician, Abraham Kuyper may provide a model of Christian statesmanship. But it is as a thinker that he offers what we need most: a way for theologically informed Christians to grasp both what they should seek, and what they should not seek, from politics in a democracy."