By James D. Bratt
The definitive biography of Abraham Kuyper, sizeable 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 best minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.
James Bratt is the best pupil to inform the tale of Kuyper's notable existence and paintings. He expertly lines the beginning and improvement of Kuyper's signature options — universal grace, Christian worldview, sphere sovereignty, Christian engagement with modern tradition — within the dynamic context of his life's story.
Based on voluminous fundamental and secondary Dutch resources, Bratt's Abraham Kuyper: glossy Calvinist, Christian Democrat will turn out to be the go-to biography of this significant determine whose principles and effect expand some distance past his personal time and position.
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It is a rare privilege to have the concerns of one’s scholarly work enacted in their own way by so many able people on an everyday basis. Particular assistance came from Richard Harms and Lugene Schemper at Hekman Library; from David Diephouse, Doug Howard, and Bert de Vries in their timely readings of several chapters; from the History Department’s collective critique of the Introduction (thanks to Will Katerberg for a terse title); and from my student assistants, Grace Hardy and Jake Zwart, in title-, translation-, and source-checking.
For him pluralism came in two forms. The first was ontological. Human society in his view was comprised of autonomous “spheres,” and a society’s health could be measured by the relative independence with which those spheres operated according to their God-given principle of development. His own crusades under this rubric were to purify the church from the residue of state control and to free higher education from the control of both church and state. The other pluralism was religious, and it stemmed from God’s work of redemption just as ontological pluralism came from creation.
Mark A. Noll Introduction Even if he were only a historical curiosity, Abraham Kuyper would still be remarkable. The catalogue of what Kuyper achieved in his homeland of the Netherlands in the period between 1870 and 1920 is astonishing. He authored over twenty thousand newspaper articles, scores of pamphlets, and numerous multivolume treatises. He edited two newspapers, one published weekly and one daily. He co-founded a new university, where he also served as professor. He co-founded a new religious denomination.