The immediate occasion for the lecture is the Acton Institute’s translation project of Kuyper’s Common Grace. Engelsma sees common grace as having an important spiritual, social and practical purpose: ie the Christianising of America. Common Grace is a sortie in the culture wars.
In this lecture he is concerned strictly with Kuyper’s common grace as a cultural doctrine and as a teaching that accounts for the doing of good by unbelievers, that calls Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and non-Christians to make America, and the world, Christian.
He maintains that Kuyper taught common grace as the Christianising of the world. He asks is that the Reformed calling or is it ecclesiastical suicide? He asserts that it is ecclesiastical suicide.
Engelsma lecture starts approximately 15 minutes in, after the introduction from Den Hartog.