Lectures on Calvinism
"Over one hundred years ago, Dutch theologian, politician, and educator Abraham Kuyper delivered six remarkable addresses at Princeton University on the importance of Reformed theology in every part of our lives." "With passion borne from years of education and spiritual commitment, Kuyper asserted that Calvinism is a system of life that influences each aspect of human exp...more
Very helpful book. Kuyper, who was prime minister of the Netherlands for four years, was invited by B. B. Warfield to Princeton in 1898 to participate in the Stone Lectures. An annual prize was named in his honor, and there's even a Center for Public Theology named after him. Kuyper delivered these lectures between Oct. 10–21, approximately one month before the birth of C. S. Lewis (Nov. 29, 1898 ...more
Kuyper delivered these six talks in 1898 as a Stone Foundation lecture series at Princeton Theological Seminary. Taken together, the lectures provide a thorough outline of Kuyper’s Calvinist thought and its impact on “every square inch” of society. He starts with “Calv ...more
A couple of other cool things found in reading Kuyper...
-I'm almost certain he helped to develop the doctrine of common grace. With his understanding of the activity of God over all things, it makes total sense that ...more
Kuyper emphasizes giving God everything, an unflinching service; He adds saying, In everything God is present, our thoughts, our actions. He explains influence of Calvinism in Protestant countries, concepts of So ...more
Kuyper builds upon and describes the import of this fact by demonstrating how Calvinism answers the basic questions of how man re ...more
That quote felt prophetically relevant to the current time we find ourselves in, as did the majority of the last lecture. If you take a ...more
The chief purpose of these lectures was to eradicate the wrong idea that Calvinism represented an exclusively dogmatical and ecclesiastical movement.
Outline of the Book:
First Lecture – Calvinism A Life-System
Calvinism is incontestably entitled to take its stand by the side of Paganism, Islamism, Romanism, and Modernism, and to claim for ...more
While it is true that Calvinism is an active faith, and one can even urge that it is a transforming faith, the problem with this line of reasoning is that was not the Reformers' primary goal. They sought to reform worship in the church. A lot of Kuyperians simply miss that observation. ...more
a national day of thanksgiving, or when the houses of Congress assembled in Washington are opened with prayer, it is ever new evidence that through American democracy there runs even yet a vein which, having sprung from the Pilgrim Fathers, still exerts its power at the present day. Even your common school system, inasmuch as it is blessed with the reading of Scripture and opening prayer, points, though with decreasing distinctness, to like Calvinistic origin. S ...more
However, sin is the dominating force upon creation. Only God can overcome it. In comes Calvinism, the only tradition that adequately weights sin and God's holiness against each other.
Kuyper defends the Calvinistic expression of Protestantism and its effects in all of life. Whether in general human flourishing, modernism, atheism, consistent Protestantism, purpose of the church, r ...more