Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)


Dutch pastor, theologian and politician associated with the rise of neo-Calvinism in Europe and North America. Kuyper became disillusioned with Dutch liberalism and poured his energy into promoting an alternative by establishing two newspapers, forming the Anti-Revolutionary Party, founding the Free University of Amsterdam and writing hundreds of essays and books. His most famous publication remains Lectures on Calvinism, originally delivered at Princeton in 1898 and articulating a Calvinist perspective on history, religion, politics, science and art, with an emphasis on common grace. Kuyper labored toward his social ideal, even serving for a short time as prime minister, while advocating the separation of church and state.


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