Introduction – Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper – Part I

Photograph of Abraham Kuyper

In 1898, at the age of 61, Abraham Kuyper was invited to Princeton University to give that year’s Stone Lectures. He was already a celebrated theologian, author, politician, newspaper editor and university founder. He was yet to be his nation’s prime minister, something that would come in 1901.

He was so influential in The Netherlands that to study Kuyper’s life is to a large extent to study the history of the Netherlands during that time. This series of lectures at Princeton became the book Lectures on Calvinism, one of some 200 books written by Dr. Kuyper.

Kuyper looks at Calvinism’s influence in six areas:

  • Calvinism a Life-system (what we might call a world-view)
  • Calvinism and Religion
  • Calvinism and Politics
  • Calvinism and Science
  • Calvinism and Art
  • Calvinism and The Future

Join me over the next several weeks as I read through Lectures on Calvinism and post my thoughts on the blog. I’ll begin next week with the first of a series of posts on lecture one. Since that lecture lays the groundwork for all the others, I don’t feel I can do it justice in just one post. After that I plan to do one post for each of the remaining lectures.

If you’d like to read along, you can get the Kindle version for only $0.99 here:

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