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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper. Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper. 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 , Kuyper's book retains its relevance even today. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 4th by Eerdmans first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Lectures on Calvinism. Feb 07, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , culture , 5-stars , religion , transformation , non-fiction. PDF available here. Online here. Useful quotes here. Very helpful book. Kuyper, who was prime minister of the Netherlands for four years, was invited by B. Warfield to Princeton in to participate in the Stone Lectures.
An annual prize was named in his honor, and there's even a Center for Public Theology named after him. Kuyper delivered these lectures between Oct. Lewis Nov. Princeton walked back the award after an outcry regarding Keller's position on homosexuality and the ordination of women.
Princeton should just rename the award, because ironically, Kuyper himself would surely be similarly disqualified from receiving Princeton's Kuyper award. I had this book with me at the hospital when Kate was born. View all 3 comments. Jun 23, Matthew Hunter rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy , favorites , religion-spirituality-theology. Kuyper blew my Wesleyan-Holiness-trained mind regularly, so much so that I had no choice but to take two weeks to fully soak in the page wonder.
Kuyper delivered these six talks in as a Stone Foundation lecture series at Princeton Theological Seminary. He defends Calvinism — in his mind an unfairly maligned worldview — like a honey badger: What I demand then, and demand with an historic right, is that this ungrateful ignoring of Calvinism shall come to an end; that the influence it has exerted shall again receive attention where it still remains stamped upon the actual life of today; and that, where men of a wholly different spirit would unobservedly divert the current of life into French revolutionary or German-pantheistic channels, you on this side of the water, and we on our side, should oppose with might and main such falsification of the historic principles of our life.
And really, why would a nation conceived in liberty accept the notion that all events, from heavenly to hellish, have been willed by God, or that people unelected by God for salvation would be born simply to burn in Hell for eternity? What about free will for crying out loud!?! Kuyper adds context to a troubling theological concept. May 28, Scott rated it liked it.
First time reading Kuyper. Some of the content flew straight over my head while some of it was really, really great. To him, Calvinism is not just a theologically system but a life system.
A couple of other cool things found in reading Kuyper With his understanding of the activity of God over all things, it makes total sense that First time reading Kuyper. With his understanding of the activity of God over all things, it makes total sense that he'd help to develop the doctrine. His trumpeting the term so boldly is an act of defiance in and of itself. His argument that Calvinism helped to liberate art as opposed to the general thought that Calvinism is ant-art as a whole was really fun and I'll probably point people who make the sweeping claim that "Calvinism hates art" to said chapter.
I wouldn't call myself a Kuyperian by any means, but I'd say that my first trek into Kuyper territory was worth it. I don't think this will be the last time I read something of Kuyper's. Sep 21, Jeff Hart rated it it was amazing Shelves: recommendations , public-theology , print.
Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism are a must-read for anyone interested in worldview studies. His basic claim is that the Calvinistic system provides a comprehensive life-system, beginning first and foremost with our relation to God, then proceeding to our relation to fellow men, and finally to our relation to the world.
He demonstrates his thesis by outlining the connections between Calvinism and religion, politics, science, and art each in their own lecture while touching on a number of other t Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism are a must-read for anyone interested in worldview studies. He demonstrates his thesis by outlining the connections between Calvinism and religion, politics, science, and art each in their own lecture while touching on a number of other topics along the way.
His lecture on politics is particularly helpful as he develops his notion of "sphere sovereignty," the idea that the state is sovereign over its affairs and should not encroach upon the affairs of the religious sphere or the social sphere. All in all, while this book can be technical at times and will be most fruitful for someone with knowledge of Reformed theology, it provides more than enough for people of any background to learn much.
Dec 08, Rick Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian , philosophy , theology. Chuck Colson recommended this book in an interview. I like it how he integrates Calvinism within his worldview. He has a high view of Calvinism, frequently says it is the reason for many changes in Western Society. This is interesting; However I couldn't find sources to back his claims.
Kuyper emphasizes giving God everything, an unflinching service; He adds saying, In everything God is present, our thoughts, our actions. He explains influence of Calvinism in Protestant countries, concepts of So Chuck Colson recommended this book in an interview. He explains influence of Calvinism in Protestant countries, concepts of Sovereignty, Liberty underpins or comes from Calvinism.
I was surprised to read about French Revolution in his book. He starts with, three main relationship for every Calvinist. This gives Man an authority and his role in the world. A good read, I would recommend this to most Christians. Wishful One wonders how Kuyper would have adjusted these lectures had he seen Calvinistic nations years later.
Insightful but also wishful. May 13, Matthew Colvin rated it it was ok. Has the virtue of elaborating a single powerful theme: God's sovereignty in human life. Puts forth the important ideas of common grace and sphere sovereignty. But the book is marred by the prominent role accorded to some of Kuyper's worst ideas.
He gerrymanders Calvinism in order to claim that the suppression of heretics like Servetus is not compatible with it he advocates a sort of principled pluralism. His chapter on art is almost wholly vitiated by the gnostic idea that higher sorts of wors Has the virtue of elaborating a single powerful theme: God's sovereignty in human life.
His chapter on art is almost wholly vitiated by the gnostic idea that higher sorts of worship have fewer visible forms and symbols. He is not a racist, but has his own odd Darwinian ideas about progress via "the mingling of blood". Above all, the book is ruined by uncritical cheerleading for Calvinism -- it is the answer to all the world's problems, and all its own historical shortcomings are excused by special pleading and blame-shifting: e.
Roman Catholics can't charge Calvinism with a failure to produce great music because they killed Goudimel in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.
Full disclosure: I'm a Calvinist, albeit of the Anglican variety. Abraham Kuyper is arguably one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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These six classic lectures by distinguished scholar Abraham Kuyper on the key figure in Reformation theology were delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in Kuyper introduces Calvinism as a life-system, discussing its relationship to religion, politics, science, and art. According to Kuyper, Calvinism seeks to unify the cosmos under universal laws. For instance, he states that predestination proves that a set of laws exists to govern the world, and science is merely trying to figure them out. Kuyper defends Calvinism in the realm of art as well, providing a thorough and elegant explanation of this outlook on life. The collection is called Lectures on Calvinism and not lectures on Christianity because Kuyper believed that Calvinism most truthfully and most completely articulates the Biblical Christian faith.
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