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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.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Recent Kuyperania

 Mike Wagenman has a great piece in the Banner:

 “Abraham Kuyper: Cancel or Celebrate?”

W. Robert Godfrey has a presentation on Kuyper 

Abraham Kuyper did not ignore the realities that the church faced in the modern world. In this last lesson, Dr. Godfrey maps out Kuyper's vision of a pluralistic society that would not hinder our freedom to be Christians.

Mark Roques utilising some Kuyperian insights looks at: 

Check it out here

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Faith in Democracy – A series of webinars with Jonathan Chaplin

 We invite you to participate in a series of interactive seminars with Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Associate Fellow at the British public theology think tank Theos, a member of the Cambridge Divinity Faculty and former Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. He has recently published “Faith in Democracy: Framing a politics of deep diversity” (SCM Press, 2021), a discussion of how religious citizens can participate in society with integrity, and how secularism needs to recognise its own faith commitments which seek to exclude those of other faiths. Chaplin seeks to present a vision for how those of various (and conflicting) commitments can find a way of life together which does justice to everyone and allow for expression in public life of the many and varied faith convictions which make up today’s pluralist society.


Thursday 30 September “Why Faith in Democracy?”

Thursday 14 October,  “Christianity and Secularism”

Thursday 28 October “Political Engagement by Faith Communities

8.00 am UK time

Full details and booking are available here

More details here [pdf]

Friday, 27 August 2021

Abraham Kuyper on Apologetics

Mike Wagenman and my paper on Kuyper’s apologetics has been published. 

This paper explores Abraham Kuyper’s view of apologetics, particularly in response to B.B. Warfield’s classical approach. It examines three key questions: Why did Warfield and Kuyper disagree over the questions of apologetics; Why did Kuyper have such a low view of apologetics; and What alternative did Kuyper propose to apologetics in Christian life and thought?

Bishop, S., & Wagenman, M. . (2021). Abraham Kuyper on Apologetics. Tydskrif Vir Christelike Wetenskap | Journal for Christian Scholarship57(No 1&2), 1-18. Retrieved from

Saturday, 21 August 2021

The Big Picture Issue 2 is out


The Big Picture Issue 2 is now out - pdfs are available here

Highlights include:
5 reasons to read Bavinck
Kuyper's Conversion via Victorian Literature

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Kuyperania 2020


My article on Kuyperania 2020 has now been published.

In it I review the following:

Ashford, B.R. & Bartholomew, C.G. 2020. The Doctrine of Creation: A Constructive Kuyperian Approach. Downers’ Grove, Ill: IVP Academic.

Bishop, S. 2020. Abraham Kuyper: Cultural Transformer. Foundations, 79 (Autumn): Online: http://www.

Caudill, D.S. 2020.The Dutch Effect: Kuyper and Neo-Calvinism in Professor Cochran’s Scholarship. Pepperdine Law Review, 47(2):419-434. Available at: vol47/iss2/13.

Ford, B. 2020. Neoliberalism and Four Spheres of Authority in American Education: Business, Class, Stratification, and Intimations of Marketization. Policy Futures in Education, 18(2):200-239. https://

Freire, L.G. 2020. Abraham Kuyper and Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer as Anti-Rationalist Liberals. Journal of Church and State, csaa029,

Freire, L.G. 2020. Christian ethics and entrepreneurship in an interventionist economy. In Christian ethics and political economy: Markers for a developing South Africa (Reformed Theology in Africa Series Volume 3) CapeTown: AOSIS, p.137–149. https://doi. org/10.4102/aosis.2020.BK220.05.

Gay, J. 2020. On Education by Abraham Kuyper. Church Times, 28 August. Online https://www. kuyper. Date of access: 29 August 2020.

Harinck, G. 2020a. Abraham Kuyper’s Vision of a Plural Society as a Christian Answer to Secularization and Intolerance. (In V. Karpov, M. Svensson (eds.), Secularization, Desecularization and Toleration: Cross-Disciplinary Challenges to a Modern Myth. Palgrave MacMillan, 115-133.) https://doi. org/10.1007/978-3-030-54046-3_6.

Harinck, G. 2020b. On Doing What Is Just, Right and Fair: Essay on a Dutch Example. In die Skriflig, 54(1), a2646. v54i1.2646.

Kristanto, D. 2020 Is the Creation Under Destruction? Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on New creation. Veritas: Jurnal Teologi dan Pelayanan, 19(2):189–200.

Kuyper, A. 2020a. Ever in Thy Sight. 31 Devotions on the Psalms. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Kuyper, A. 2020b. Common Grace: God’s Gift for a Fallen World Volume 3. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Mouw, R. 2020. Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. In Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain (ed.) 2020. The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p.328-341. https://

Oslington, P. 2020. The Kuyperian Dream of Reconstructing Economics on Christian Foundations. Faith & Economics, 75(Spring):7-36.

Schuurman, D.C. 2020. On Kuyper and Technology, or How a Voice From the Past Can Speak to our Digital Age. Christian Scholar’s Review, 49(2):161-174.

Stiemsma, S. 2020. The Presence of the Past: A Review of Abraham Kuyper’s On Education. Pro Rege, XLIX (1):43-47.

Sumpter, J. 2020. A Short Introduction to Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. Moscow, ID: Francis Drake Press.

Vander Stelt, J.C. 2020 Faith Life and Theology: A Reorientation. Jordan Station, ON: Paidiea Press.

Wagenman, M.R. 2020. The Power of the Church: The Sacramental Ecclesiology of Abraham Kuyper. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.

Yoo, Jeong Mo 2020. How Is God Known?: General Revelation in the Theology of Abraham Kuyper. Reform & Revival. (Journal of Korean Institute for Reformed Studies), 26: 181-226. kukirs.2020..26.181.