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Overview This classic expression of the Reformed faith offers six lectures on Calvinism. Though these lecture were delivered at Princeton in 1898, what Kuper says is not of historical interest alone; for on many of the issues he addresses, the lines are still drawn in the same places nearly a full century later.
Publishers Description Kuyper presents Calvinism as a life-system of comprehensive and far-reaching effect, discussing its relationship to religion, politics, science, and art, and inquiring into its prospects for the future. Though based on lectures delivered in 1898, Kuyper's book retains its relevance even today.
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Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 080281607X ISBN13 9780802816078
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More About Abraham Kuyper
Dr. Abraham Kuyper (1837???1920) was a Dutch Calvinist theologian, philosopher, and politician. As leader of the Anti-Revolutionary Party in the Netherlands, he served as Prime Minister of his country from 1901??? 1905. He occupied himself with the task of reconstructing the social structures of his native land on the basis of its Calvinistic heritage in almost every area of life. He developed Neo-Calvinism, which emphasizes the sovereignty of Jesus over all mental pursuits and supports the idea that there is a grace given by God to all things in order to sustain the continued unfolding of creation.
Abraham Kuyper was born in 1837 and died in 1920.
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Good, but a little outdated Mar 25, 2008
This is a good book and has some great redeeming qualities, but you should know on the front end that some of his examples are a little outdated. I appreciate some of his gleanings on God's sovereignty and the state, and God's interaction among His bride.
Brilliant Aug 29, 2007
One word describes this work by Kuyper: Brilliant
I have read and reread this work several times, and each time have come away from the endeavor with a greater regard for both Kuyper and Calvinism. Reading Kuyper's work has brought me to a place of greater awe for the Sovereign of this world and all worlds: The Triune God.
For Confirmation and For Equipping Feb 18, 2007
Abraham Kyper's "Lectures" and Richard Weaver's "Ideas Have Consequences" should top the list of essential reading for folks who have not been introduced to the idea of a distinctly Christian world view and those who need equipping to deal with the questions being asked in the world today.
Kuyper may seem dated on first reading (as may Weaver) but if you hang in there with him you will begin to see the significance of his thought. Essentially his attempt is to "take every thought captive." His presupposition is that God has made all things good and that this goodness can be developed and appreciated when carefully appropriated in a manner which does not obscure the goodness. Whether it is politics or art, there can be nobility in the enterprise even as there can also be depravity. What Kuyper enables us to do is understand how to approach life such that nobility is in greater proportion.
Be prepared for turn of the century (19th-20th) prose and language. Kuyper expects a certain level of literary acumen in his readers (and hearers, these were originally lectures). Once you settle in to his style though, you will find his thought stimulating even if you don't agree with everything.
Kuyper is like eating your wheaties Dec 26, 2006
Kuyper is essential reading for developing a reformed protestant worldview. Reading Kuyper is to developing your worldview is like eating your intellectual wheaties. Few have developed and expounded on a reformed worldview with the clarity of the Kuyper system of thought. A great resource for anyone interested in reformed theology as it applies to politics, culture, and life in general.
Anyone better than Kuyper? NO! Jun 26, 2006
Invited to speak at the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898, Kuyper took the opportunity to deliver this message on the importance of Calvinism as a comprehensive "life-system," or what today we might refer to as a worldview. Kuyper is simply brilliant and his writing is amazing - tackling difficult issues and concepts, yet making it accessible to an interested and engaged reader. Kuyper believed that God was (and is) interested in all facets of human life and that the belief-system of Christianity addressed all the various facets of human endeavor. Lectures on Calvinism begins with an overview of Calvinism as a Life-system and then is broken down into chapters that relate how Calvinism addresses religion, politics, science, art and the future.
Kuyper addresses three primary spheres of human involvement - (1) our relation to God, (2) our relation to man, and (3) our relation to the world. Kuyper believed that a proper understanding and perspective of these three spheres would give man a proper biblically-based relationship to God and others - and that proper perspective was one of engagement for the cause of Christ, not "monastic flight" from the issues of the day.
Avoidance of the world, according to Kuyper, is not biblical. But understanding how to engage and placing a proper emphasis on the importance of worldly things is also a must. For those who believe they have an understanding of Calvinism from the simplistic "five points of Calvinism," this book would blow them away! The book is not for everyone - I would suggest only a serious reader would enjoy this book - but if well-read, this book is definitely worth the time and effort!