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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802866034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802866035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Mouw is professor of Christian philosophy and president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His many other books include Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, and The Smell of Sawdust: What Evangelicals Can Learn from Their Fundamentalist Heritage.

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Richard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago) is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is a Beliefnet.com columnist and the author of numerous books.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Kim on July 12, 2011
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Whether you've never read a book on or by Kuyper or are a professing "neo-Kuyperian", Richard Mouw has done us a great service in writing this enjoyable and palatable book. It is a must-read for those who wrestle with the question what does Christianity have to do with life outside the church? Rarely do you find a book on Abraham Kuyper that is so readable and relevant to our world today. Because of his command over Kuyper's writings, Mouw gives us a "best of Kuyper" in this book, simplifying concepts and doctrines which have been the topic of tomes. In the short hours that it takes to read this book, you will find yourself growing from a lifetime of wisdom and scholarship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald M. Hofman on December 30, 2011
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Richard Mouw has done a beautiful job encapsulating the essence of this one man whose imprint on Dutch and North American culture can not be overstated. Mouw's books are insightful, pleasant to read, and always good at capturing the nuggets of the subject he tackles. He has done it again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Van de Water on October 23, 2011
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This "short and personal introduction" to Abraham Kuyper is a bit too short and too personal. Kuyper was not only a theologian but a political figure. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands and was a founder of the Anti-Revolutionary Party, a forebear of today's Christian Democratic Appeal in the Netherlands and of European Christian Democracy. Mouw's book shortchanges Kuyper's place as a politician and political theorist.

Kuyper's theological conception of "sphere sovereignty" is inextricably bound to his opposition to the radical Enlightenment vision of the French Revolution. The French revolutionary government "issued decrees against the religious orders and passed laws abolishing trade unions and other social bodies, pressing further and further into the corporate and communal structures of religion, work, and family life. In this context, labor associations and religious associations were similarly excluded from the law and denied communal sovereignty in their respective realms [spheres] of work and spiritual development." {Lew Daly, "The Church of Labor," Democracy Journal, Fall 2011} Kuyper rejected such an all-encompassing role for the state. Instead, he promoted a corporatist structure in which social groups such as churches, trade unions, and employer associations would have assigned legal roles.

In this brief volume Mouw touches on all these issues, but he does little to connect Kuyper's political activities and his theological views. Mouw's introduction to Kuyper is excellent as far as it goes but seems incomplete. For a more thorough introduction to Kuyper, choose Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life, a collection of 20 essays, including one by Mouw.
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