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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Kuyperania - A Christmas meditation by Abraham Kuyper

Jordan Ballor over at the Calvinist International has posted one of Kuyper's Christmas meditations from Honey from the Rock (Honig uit de Rotssteen), vol. 2, no. 1 - it is a newly translated piece by James DeJong.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014)

Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014)

Elaine Storkey has written a warm tribute to Sir Fred Catherwood who died on 30 November: "Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014): A Tribute"

There was also an obituary in The Guardian by Stephen Bates.

Catherwood was an evangelical who saw, and worked on the principle, that Christian ministry extends beyond the church walls.

As Storkey puts it:
The integration of Fred Catherwood’s Christian faith with his economic and political work was communicated very publicly in two books written during this period: The Christian in Industrial Society, (1964) where he grounds his views on liberty and freedom at work in biblical principles, and The Christian Citizen (1969). He shows himself to be a passionate supporter of democracy. Whilst not blind to its limitations, or to the vulnerability of a minority within it, he sees democracy as ‘…the only form of government which a Christian can accept as his ideal…’ For him, democracy is the fruit of a seed planted in Reformation thinking.

Jeremy Ive on Christian Peacebuilding in South Africa and the Newick Park Initiative

Jeremy's Cambridge paper on it is here.

The Newick Park Initiative (NPI) in South Africa was a Christian initiative which helped to build the trust and a shared national vision across the political spectrum in the years around the release of Nelson Mandela in early 1990. It also prepared the ground for the mediation of Professor Washington Okumu in 1994 which made possible the peaceful conduct of the first fully non-racial elections of that year. The relational principles governing NPI are a guide for Christian peacebuilding at a national level, applicable in other contexts as well.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Kuyperania November 2014

There is a review of Bratt's biography: Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat in
Ward, Rowland S. Abraham Kuyper: Modern calvinist, Christian democrat [Book Review] [online]. Reformed Theological Review, The, Vol. 73, No. 2, Aug 2014: 136-138. Availability: ISSN: 0034-3072. [cited 05 Nov 14].