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Een prachtige zin vond ik: But whether you are dealing with the ccalvinism of a single individual, or with the will of many men, in a decision arrived at by a vote, the principal thing remains that the government has to judge and to decide independently. Since that day this system had been defended by all Romish theologians and applied by all Christian princes.

And here exactly lies the starting-point for that cooperation of the sovereignty of the government, with lecturess sovereignty in the calvinusm sphere, which finds its regulation in the Constitution. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand not Calvinism but the Protestant conception of the world at its best. It’s not the easiest thing I’ve read, but I have a much better understanding now of how the reformed mindset has really come to shape the world.

When on the contrary the consciousness and the will of many cooperate, this unity is lost and the subjective conception of the ordinances of God, by these many, can only be indirectly applied.

If it had been the will of God to maintain the formal unity of this visible Church, this question would have to be answered quite differently from what is now the case That this unity was originally sought is natural. Calvinism as a Life System Calvinism and Religion Calvinism and Politics Calvinism and Science Calvinism and Art Calvinism and the F After reading this book there is no wonder left in lectues mind as to why virtually every reformed scholar I’ve read references it in his own work or recommends it in his own work or both.

Lectures on Calvinism: The Stone Lectures of 1898

His doctrine of Calvinism is intensely doctrinal–massive in scope–but by its very nature it is practical covering the ins and outs of all of life. Kuyper shows the sovereignty and supremacy of God in all spheres of life. Het calvinisme heeft naar mijn mening echter weinig bijgedragen aan de opkomst van de wetenschap in de afgelopen vijfhonderd jaar.

Lists with This Book. And the free churches have exclusively flourished in those countries which were touched by the breath of Calvinism, i. Popularity is calculated by comparing this book’s number of editions to the book with the largest number of editions. If I desire to know what in this respect must follow from the specific principles of Calvinism, then the question must be put quite differently.


Many will do well to learn Kuyperian Calvinism–even if not a Calvinsit–for it will challenge you to a big vision of God and a big vision for life. I don’t think this will be the last time I read something of Kuyper’s. 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.

Besides all this he is instituted by God as His Servant, in order that he may. I was encouraged to see how my faith can influence every aspect of life. In Politics also it taught us that the human element -here the people -may not be considered as the principal thing, so that God is only dragged in to help this people in the hour of its need; but on the contrary that God, in His Majesty, must flame before the eyes of every nation, and that all nations together are to be reckoned before Him as a drop in a bucket and as the small dust of the balances.

We now come to sovereignty in the sphere of Society. Abraham Kuyper was a Dutch politician, journalist, statesman and theologian.

Do read it and if you don’t maybe the lesson here is not to become a better Calvinist, but to become the kind of Christian who lives life with deep convictions about God, man, and the world. Not only has the wing of the Butterfly in those circles been preserved intact, but even the gold-dust upon this wing shines as brilliantly as ever.

Veel meer kunnen deze uitvindingen worden toegeschreven aan de Verlichting, humanisme en renaissance, dingen waar Kuyper juist tegenstander van is. Just as little from a majority over against a minority, for history shows, almost on every page, that very often the minority was right. But in whatever form this mystical being of the State revealed itself, the idea remained supreme: Westminster Bookstore will be closed December 22 through January 2.

His passion for education resulted in the founding of Amsterdam Free University and numerous other colleges. The three great revolutions in the Calvinistic world left untouched the glory of God, nay, they even proceeded from the acknowledgement of His majesty. Dominion is exercised everywhere; but it is a dominion which works organically; not by virtue of a State-investiture, but from life’s sovereignty itself.

We see therefore that nearly all nations begin with unity of religion. The whole creation groaneth waiting for the bursting forth of the glory of the children of God.


Scriptures, is not the merely spiritual existence of saved souls, but the restoration of kkuyper entire cosmos, when Kuper will lie all in all under the renewed heaven on the renewed earth. A nation, consisting of citizens whose consciences are bruised, is itself broken in its national strength. Not from a false idea of neutrality, nor as if Calvinism could ever be indifferent to what is true and what false, but because the government lacks the data of judgment, and because every magisterial judgment here infringes the sovereignty of the Church.

And when by and by these children, in their turn, marry again, as a matter of course, all those connections originate from blood-relationship and other ties, which dominate the whole family-life. Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theolo- gical character, while Calvinism put its impress in and outside the church upon every department of human life.

Christianity is to be doctrinal first before it is mystical and practical, in his words, “Mysticism is sweet, and Christian works are precious, but the seed of the Church, both at the birth of Christianity and in the age of the Reformation, has been the blood of the martyrs; and our sainted martyrs shed their blood not for mysticism and not for philanthropic projects, but for the sake of convictions such as concerned the acceptance of truth and the rejection of error Kuyper is an important figure in Calvinism and a leader in theology development.

The Stone Lectures on Calvinism

When this conception of the relationship between God and the individual is extrapolated out through society each aspect of society is liberated from the dominion of both the church and the state and allowed to stand on its own two feet, accountable to God alone.

Therefore, all being equal under Him, there can be no distinctions of rank among believers; there are only ministers, who serve, lead and regulate; a thoroughly Presbyterian form of government; the Church power descending directly from Christ Himself, into the congregation, ascending from the congregation to the ministers, and by them being administered unto the brethren. In the absolute monarch the consciousness and the personal will are one, and thus this one person is called to rule his people after his own personal conception of the ordinances of God.