Lectures on Calvinism [Abraham Kuyper] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Kuyper presents Calvinism as a life-system of comprehensive. Lectures on Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper. PAPERBACK; Published: 10/4/ ISBN: Price: $ Pages. Trim Size, in inches: X . Kuyper closed his lectures with a claim that for many today sounds preposterous. Do not write him off. Get the book Lectures on Calvinism, and test these words.

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Hij noemt een paar argumenten waarom wetenschap en religie niet contradictoir zijn, en waarom religie zelfs een noodzakelijke voorwaarde is voor het bedrijven van wetenschap zonder geloof heeft het immers geen zin de wereld te onderzoeken. Fifteenth Edition; Boston Willem van Oranje wordt een aantal keer aangehaald als voorvechter van kuypeg Calvinistische leer.

Sep 21, Jeff Hart rated it it was amazing Kuyperr Also, if you go with Eerdmans they include a really fascinating biographical note on Kuyper, which makes you appreciate his trip to America even more.

A united defence which was preferred to individual resistance, both to simplify the construction and operation of State institutions and to accelerate their functions. Kuyper argues that Calvinism is not just a theological system, but is in fact a complete world and life view on the order of Islam, Roman Catholicism, and paganism. In relation kuypfr, and on entirely the same ground of organic superiority, there exists, side by side with this personal sovereignty. Unity of religion has great value for the life of a people and not a little charm.

Christ himself does not speak only of the regeneration of the heart, but also of creation as a whole. Only that which they recommended instead of it, bears no better stamp. With his understanding of the activity of God over all things, it makes total sense that First time reading Kuyper.

First, it regards religion, not in an utilarian, or eudaimonistic sense, as existing for the sake of man, but for God, and for God alone. Authority over men cannot arise from men. Paul also testifies that all things were created by Christ and consist by him;” and further, that the object of the work of redemption is not limited to the salvation lectrues individual sinners, but extends itself to the redemption of the world, and to the organic reunion of all things in heaven and on earth under Christ as their original head.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It has neglected the care of the body, because it cared too exclusively for the soul. A man of ripe and rich development will rather become a voluntary exile, kugper rather suffer imprisonment, nay, even sacrifice life itself, than tolerate constraint in the forum of his conscience.

As far as he was able, Luther still leaned upon the Romish view of the sacraments, and upon the Romish cultus, while Calvin was the first in both to draw the ,uyper which extended immediately from God to man and from man to God. The process which led to his valvinism sentence as traitor was conducted very arbitrarily. But it was really neat to lecturez the history of how our modern reformed writers came to these views.


Every State-formation, every assertion of the power of the magistrate, every mechanical means of compelling order and of guaranteeing a safe course of life is therefore always something unnatural; something calginism which the deeper aspirations of our nature ca,vinism and which, on this very account, may lectkres the source both of a dreadful abuse of power, on the part of those who exercise it, and of a continuous revolt on the part of the multitude.

The three great revolutions in the Calvinistic world left untouched the glory of God, nay, they even proceeded from the acknowledgement of His majesty. But on the other hand social life always endeavors to shake off the authority of the government, just as this endeavor at the present time again culminates in social-democracy and in anarchism, both of which aim at nothing less than the total overthrow of the institution of authority.

My only criticism is that he does not separate the Biblical Calvinistic worldview from that of Rome. Therefore, Calvinism could not rest until this worldly tinsel had ceased to charm and attract the eye.

I ouyper it how he integrates Calvinism within his worldview. But in whatever way the form may be modified, it remains essentially the old Calvinistic plan, to assure to the people, in all its.

And here exactly lies the starting-point kuypwr that cooperation of the sovereignty of the government, with the sovereignty in the social sphere, which finds its regulation in the Constitution. I was surprised to read about French Revolution in his book. There are many gems in this book. Kuyper’s Callvinism Lectures provide a neat account of Calvinism not really as a theology but as what is now called a “worldview” along with a polemical argument concerning the responsibility of that worldview for many of the distinctive positive aspects of modernity, especially for what Weber would call the “differentiation” of modern society into its several spheres religion, art, science, politics, business, etc.

Cosmical life has regained its worth not at the expense of things eternal, but by virtue of its capacity as God’s handiwork and as a revelation of God’s attributes. But for the purpose I have in view, the mere statement of this important fact is insufficient. Beheaded inafter ten years of harsh imprisonment.

And this entire process is carried out in all the spheres of life. He considers a monarchy and an aristocracy, as well as a democracy, both possible and practicable forms of government; provided it be unchangeably maintained, that no one on earth can claim authority.

In Christ, they contended, the Church has her own King.

And therefore, if it cannot be denied that Calvinism itself has ruptured the unity of the Church, and that in Calvinistic countries a rich variety of all manner of church- formations revealed itself, then it follows that we must not seek the true Calvinistic characteristic in what, for a time, it has retained of the old system, but rather in that, which, new and fresh, has sprung up from its own root.


In many different directions we see therefore that sovereignty in one’s own sphere asserts itself – 1.

Lectures on Calvinism

In the second part of this lecture I have already indicated that the developed man also possesses an individual sphere of life, with sovereignty in his own circle. Kuyper’s common grace is a great help to living in a world full of unbelievers, but nevertheless, a world full of unbelievers graced and gifted by God in all kinds of good works politics, art, science, etc.

Kuyper’s rigorous desire to place his belief as the pervading aspect in all of life is welcomed. In the social sphere, by personal superiority. Endorsements for Lectures on Calvinism. A horror of a crowned despotism? Thus originated the battle of the ages between Authority and Liberty, and in this battle it was the very innate thirst for liberty which proved itself the God-ordained means to bridle the authority wheresoever it degenerated into despotism. Good insights as to Kuyper’s thoughts on Christianity and Western Civilization.

But whether you are dealing with the will of a single individual, or with the will of many men, in a decision arrived at by a vote, the principal thing remains that the government has to judge and to decide independently. You can consider it as a work on cultural apologetics. I don’t think this will be the last time I read something of Kuyper’s.

It has, on account of its exclusive love of things eternal, been backward in the fulfillment of its temporal duties. But Calvin considered a lecturez operation of many persons under mutual control, i. 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 experience.

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And in both these spheres the inherent authority is sovereign, that is to say, it has above itself nothing but God. When therefore humanity falls apart through sin, in a multiplicity of separate peoples; when sin, in the bosom of these nations, separates men and tears them apart, and when sin reveals.

That this had to be so becomes evident at once to everyone who is able to appreciate the fact that no political scheme has ever become dominant which was not founded in a specific religious or anti-religious conception.