By James D. Bratt
The definitive biography of Abraham Kuyper, great 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, baby-kisser, newspaper editor, academic innovator, Calvinist reformer, and major minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.
James Bratt is definitely the right pupil to inform the tale of Kuyper's notable existence and paintings. He expertly lines 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 fundamental and secondary Dutch assets, Bratt's Abraham Kuyper: sleek Calvinist, Christian Democrat will turn out to be the go-to biography of this significant determine whose principles and impression expand some distance past his personal time and position.
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At the same time Kuyper was instinctive and creative; his logical deduction from principle could be remarkably adaptive — “convenient,” his critics said. Any innovator is susceptible to inconsistency, especially an innovator who claims to be steering by tradition and orthodoxy, and most especially one who is trying to be a popular leader besides. Where paradox gives over to self-contradiction or outright duplicity is each observer’s right to judge. Kuyper in his lifetime was often accused of both.
Kuyper tended the boundaries of Reformed orthodoxy with as much passion as did the other, more introverted strain of Calvinism characteristic of various Old-School Presbyterian and pietist circles. He was just as devoted as they to a pure church, closely regulated sacraments, and by-the-book governance. The problem with this more introverted kind of Calvinism, he said, was that it sold God short. Public engagement, too, was part of Calvinist orthodoxy, a direct consequence of that heartiest of Calvinist perennials, the sovereignty of God.
2013 James D. Bratt All rights reserved Published 2013 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. O. K. , 1949- Abraham Kuyper: modern Calvinist, Christian democrat / James D. Bratt. p. cm. — (Library of religious biography) Includes bibliographical references and index. : alk. paper); 978-1-4674-3736-3 (ePub); 978-1-4674-3703-5 (Kindle) 1. Kuyper, Abraham, 1837-1920. I. Title. com To George Marsden and Ronald Wells: mentors, colleagues, friends Contents Foreword by Mark A. Noll Introduction Technical Notes and Acknowledgements I.
Abraham Kuyper. Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat by James D. Bratt