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The Problem of Poverty

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Skillen retranslates Kuyper's message on Christians and poverty given in The Netherlands in 1891. Rejecting socialism as a passion for possession, Kuyper calls Christians to mirror Christ's suffering for humans on the cross. The Church, not the government, has been instituted to care for the suffering.
Paperback, 94 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Center for Public Justice
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Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) is always an interesting read on politics because he wrote as a Reformed thinker before the Cold War. He didn’t absorb Cold War dichotomies or try to force them into a Christian mold. For example, he wasn’t afraid to talk about class power differences or struggles, a move verboten in conservative circles. Once Marx and the Left stole that language as their own, conservatives had to run the other direction.

This small book is the text of a speech that Kuyper gave at the
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it
It's a very short book that gives a pretty good biblical perspective on dealing with the social issue of poverty. Some of his ideas are a little dated (he advocated colonialism), but the majority of his ideas are pretty sound. It's a good little addition to any bibliography on philosophy and economics.
Peter Clegg
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Some good points but I had hoped for more discussion on the problem of poverty in relation to the Christian life rather than a commentary on the recent politics of Kuyper's day contained herein.
The Problem of Poverty is a speech given by Abraham Kuyper at the First Christian Social Congress. This speech has four parts to it. The first, Facing the Reality of Poverty, outlines the failure of the Europeans to care for the poor, the call of Christians to care for the poor, and the lack of response by the Christians. The second part, Jesus and the Social Problem, gives an outline of Christ's response to wealth and the poor, and he also explains how Christ organized the church to fight mammo ...more
Anderson Paz
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O texto dessa obra é o discurso de Kuyper no Primeiro Congresso Social Cristão, em novembro de 1891, na Holanda. O problema do autor é: "como crentes professos em Cristo, de que maneira devemos agir, com vistas às necessidades sociais de nosso tempo?". Kuyper argumenta que o cristianismo dispõe de um amplo sistema teórico-prático para uma boa organização da sociedade, sendo lamentável o descolamento da religião cristã das demandas sociais. Em sentido positivo, a fé cristã propõe o uso da arte po ...more
Zach Hollifield
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Typical Kuyper. Much to consider. Some parts very reminiscent of Basil’s homilies on wealth and poverty.
Jordan J. Andlovec
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nuanced, inspiring, and definitely not what you would think from the "founder" of Neo-Calvinism. Kuyper's keen insight in the problems of both liberalism and laissez faire capitalism, as well as distinctions between social democracy and "socialistic Christianity" made for a fascinating read.
Patrick Walsh
My pastor, Paul Leggett, loaned this book to me. The message is timeless: Believers everywhere and in every generation have an obligation to meet the needs of the poor, who are also everywhere and in every generation.
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Abraham Kuyper was a Dutch politician, journalist, statesman and theologian. He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905.

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“the holy art of “giving for Jesus’ sake” ought to be much more strongly developed among us Christians. Never forget that all state relief for the poor is a blot on the honor of your savior. The fact that the government needs a safety net to catch those who would slip between the cracks of our economic system is evidence that I have failed to do God’s work. The government cannot take the place of Christian charity. A loving embrace isn’t given with food stamps. The care of a community isn’t provided with government housing. The face of our Creator can’t be seen on a welfare voucher. What the poor need is not another government program; what they need is for Christians like me to honor our savior.” 30 likes
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