By James D. Bratt
The definitive biography of Abraham Kuyper, substantial of Dutch Calvinism
This is the 1st full-scale English-language biography of the hugely influential and astonishingly multifaceted Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) — theologian, minister, flesh presser, newspaper editor, academic innovator, Calvinist reformer, and leading minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.
James Bratt is the proper student to inform the tale of Kuyper's amazing existence and paintings. He expertly strains the foundation and improvement of Kuyper's signature thoughts — universal grace, Christian worldview, sphere sovereignty, Christian engagement with modern tradition — within the dynamic context of his life's story.
Based on voluminous basic and secondary Dutch assets, Bratt's Abraham Kuyper: sleek Calvinist, Christian Democrat will end up to be the go-to biography of this significant determine whose principles and impression expand a ways past his personal time and position.
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Extra info for Abraham Kuyper. Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat
1858 finishes undergraduate studies 1860 wins medal in national scholarship competition 1861 suffers first nervous breakdown 1862 completes doctorate at Leiden, experiences earnest evangelical conversion. 1863 marries Johanna Schaay; installed as pastor in rural parish of Beesd (province of Gelderland, near Utrecht). Moves toward strict Calvinist orthodoxy. Publishes his first pamphlet, mixing theological and political concerns and aimed against reigning liberalism and stolid bureaucracy in church affairs.
In public he often showed a better understanding of God than of himself. He majored in ideas — Big Ideas above all — with some impatience over the intricacies of mid-range policy or scholarly discourse as it evolved in its own deliberate way. This description, however, applies to any number of people who have ascended to power over time, and especially to such in Kuyper’s age of an emerging mass society, where the stakes seemed so high, the alternatives so starkly opposed, the guidance of the past so attenuated.
A Comprehensive Calvinist Progressive and conservative, principled and adaptive, modern and traditional: Kuyper would recognize all these terms in himself but would rate them all below his first allegiance, to Calvinism — better, to apostolic Christianity, of which Calvinism was the purest distillation. ) Even better yet: to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed ultimately in Jesus Christ as recorded in Scripture and evident throughout creation. Kuyper’s self-description as Calvinist is insufficient, however, since the several strains of that faith tradition have often mounted titanic quarrels among themselves as to which holds true title to the heritage.