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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (February 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802843212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802843210
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kuyper was a 19th-century Dutch Calvinist theologian, politician, and journalist who led a reform movement within the Dutch Reformed Church (NDK). He also served as prime minister of the Netherlands, and his governmental reforms led to the formation of the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARN), described as the Netherlands's "first truly modern mass-based political organization." In 1898, Kuyper was awarded an honorary doctorate at Princeton University. While there he delivered his Lectures on Calvinism, which became the best-known statement of his worldview. This anthology commemorates the centennial of the Lectures and is intended to make some of Kuyper's other classic works accessible to a present-day, English-speaking audience. Sixteen separate pieces are grouped into four broad categories: Introductory Documents, Church & Theology, Politics and Society, and Culture and Education. An excellent introductory essay from editor Bratt (history, Calvin Coll.) 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. A worthwhile addition to specialized collections in history and religion.?Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M. Balouziyeh on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
1. Abraham Kuyper: His World and Work
Kuyper's work can be characterized by an "insistence on a consistent logic rooted in first principles and carried out until it comprehended every domain in life" (p. 4). Calvinism was Kuyper's "soul and his system, the purest form of Christianity, the treasure of the past, the hope of the future" (p. 1). He was deeply suspicious of modernity and sought to elaborate a worldview that would imbue all of the areas of life with the Christian perspective.

2. Common Grace (1902-4)
Common grace is the hinge of Kuyper's constructive theology. His work on the Reform doctrine of common grace was far reaching, but his opponents "complained that this was more `invention' than elaboration" (p. 165). The distinction between saving grace and common grace is "evident from the undeniable fact that, without common grace, the elect would not have been born, would not have seen the light of day" (p. 169). Not all common grace impacts all aspects of human life in the same way; one common grace "aims at the interior, another at the exterior part of our existence. The former is operative wherever civic virtue, a sense of domesticity, natural love, the practice of human virtue, the improvement of the public conscience, integrity, mutual loyalty among people, and a feeling for piety leaven life. The latter is in evidence when human power over nature increases, when invention upon invention enriches life, when international communiation is improve, the arts flourish, the sciences increase our understanding ..." (p. 181).
Contrasting his view to the dialectic distinction between the church as institution and the church as organism, Kuyper proposes that the church is both. The church as institution is comprised of its baptized, believing members.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Underwood, Jr. on September 4, 2011
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Bratt has created a gem with this volume. It has been in publication for more that ten years and I wish I had purchased it years ago. His introductory biographical material is worth the cost of the book. The author succinctly gives us a view of Kupyer's life and influence; not a small task. In the main body of the book jBratt does a masterful job of selecting various works of Kuyper that give us a very well rounded view of the man. This not an easy task given the massive corpus Kuyper created. The bibliography given in back of the book is a help in further research.

In short, if you want or need a book that introduces you to Kuyper and his work, and the remaining influence of the man this is the book to buy.
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10 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bratt on June 9, 2000
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What a great Book! Gets at the heart of the dutch calvinist revival.
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