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A Christmas Meditation by Abraham Kuyper

The following is a Christmas devotional meditation by Abraham Kuyper, drawn from his collection Honey from the Rock (Honig uit de Rotssteen), vol. 2, no. 1, translated and generously made available by James DeJong, president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary. DeJong is working on translating these devotionals in connection with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society (DRTS). As […]

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For the Healing of the Nations: Essays on Creation, Redemption, and Neo-Calvinism

TCI has experienced something of a slowing of pace over these past six months. While we have still had great contributions, our founding contributors have all been more or less out of pocket. Some of this has had to do with personal and professional transitions, but another component is that we have been hard at […]

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Kuyperian Politics

Having given his name to an international theological and political movement, indeed an ism, it is perhaps surprising to learn that Abraham Kuyper is not more widely read outside of Dutch-speaking audiences. Of the North American followers claiming his name, relatively few have read any of Kuyper’s works outside of the Stone Lectures. A significant minority […]

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The Family-Centered Politics of Abraham Kuyper

From James D. Bratt’s biography: The family… was for Kuyper first in every sense of the term. It was the first institution to appear in history and seeded all the rest. Its health was the foundation and surest barometer of a society’s wellbeing. It grew from nature, prospered by nurture, and properly taught its members […]

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The Intellectual and Historical Context of “Worldview” in Kuyper’s Thought

James D. Bratt helpfully explains how the construct of “worldview” came into Kuyper’s thought and use and why he found it to be so important: “Worldview” as an understanding of collective consciousness had its roots in Immanuel Kant’s later work and had steadily gown with the German Romantic and Idealist movements stemming from it. By […]

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Kuyper and the German Philosophy

While Abraham Kuyper’s life and legacy has very much to commend itself, one of its less felicitous contributions has been its peculiar outlook on philosophy. Though Kuyperianism has in many ways detached itself from Kuyper and become an independent thing, saying both more and less than Kuyper himself, it is still the case that its […]

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When Kuyper Came to Princeton

If anyone outside of a few small circles of specialists and others acculturated to the particulars of Dutch Reformed theology has read anything by Abraham Kuyper, it is almost exclusively Kuyper’s famous Stone Lectures delivered at Princeton in 1898. These were the inaugural lectures, and Kuyper’s welcome to the campus by Benjamin Warfield is memorialized […]

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Allan Carlson and the Politics of the Family

I reviewed Allan Carlson’s book Third Ways back in January, and since then I have been working my way through his rather enormous catalogue of work. President of The Howard Center, professor of history at Hillsdale College, and author of ten books and countless essays, not to mention the many other distinguishing appointments he has […]

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Van Ruler: Sphere Sovereignty and the Theocratic Triangle

Editor’s note: The following is an English translation of the 20th century Dutch Reformed theologian A.A. van Ruler. A.A. van Ruler translated by Ruben Alvarado (excerpted from Religie en Politiek, Nijkerk: Callenbach, 1945, pp. 373-379.) I am thinking here of course about the famous doctrine of sphere sovereignty. It was drawn up by Kuyper, but […]

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Of Men and Angels

Over at the Acton Institute blog, Quinn Trevelen introduces the political thought of John Calvin and Abraham Kuyper. He also helpfully connects the perspectives of Calvin with respect to James Madison. As Calvin preached, “Were we like angels, blameless and freely able to exercise perfect self-control, we would not need rules or regulations.” The resonance […]