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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, 2 May 2013

On Kuyper mentioned in CRC News

The name of Dutch journalist, theologian and politician Abraham Kuyper has long been familiar in Reformed circles and is increasingly so in the broader evangelical world.
The Dordt College Press has recently published On Kuyper: A Collection of Readings on the Life, Work and Legacy of Abraham Kuyper, a collection of essays examining how he influenced Christians’ thinking about church, culture, gender, common grace, education, politics, scholarship, fashion, art, science, and evolution throughout the last century.
“Kuyper’s vision has continued relevance for Christians today,” says John Kok, Dordt’s dean for research and scholarship and co-editor of the book.
“People take his ideas seriously, even if they don’t agree with everything he said.”
He said he believes that the book is a valuable resource for those who want to think about implications of faith for contemporary thought and social action.
Steve Bishop, who runs the website All of Life Redeemed, is the  other editor. He and Kok gathered and edited 31 articles, some in print for the first time, from 28 authors who use a Kuyperian framework to critique and to develop Christian perspectives on a broad range of topics that relate to how Christians live in today’s world.
The book gives an introduction to Kuyper's life and thought through the eyes of others. They range from articles titled “How Abraham Kuyper Became a Kuyperian” to “Common Grace and Christian Action in Abraham Kuyper” to “Rehabilitating the State in America: Kuyper’s Overlooked Contribution.”
The breadth and scope of these articles stand as testimony to Abraham Kuyper's desire to see the lordship of Christ extend to every area of life, say the editors.
Twenty-seven of the 31 articles have been published previously, some of them obscurely and not readily accessible.
Four of the articles have never been published and contribute significant insights into Kuyper’s thought, says Kok. The book brings all of these resources under one title.
The book comes out at nearly the same time as a new biography on Kuyper by Calvin College history professor James Bratt. Released today, on May 1, by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., the biography is titled Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat.

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