"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.
Saturday, 24 February 2018
NEO-CALVINISM AND EUROPE Conference, Leuven 29-31 August
NEO-CALVINISM AND EUROPE: RELIGION, NATION, CULTURE
5th European Conference on Neo-Calvinism Leuven, Belgium, 29-31 August 2018
The conference organisers would be pleased to receive proposals for short papers that address issues related to Neo-Calvinism and Europe: Religion, Nation, Culture. Proposals must be approximately 200 words, and should be sent to email@example.com by 1 April 2018. Proposals will receive a final response by the conference organisers by 15 April.
At present, Europe - in its modern globalised form - is faced by numerous questions of profound significance. How will its identity and role in the world change in response to the resurgence of populist political leadership both within and beyond its own borders? How should it respond to Brexit, intra-European independence movements, and the ongoing significance of the (largely Muslim) migrant crisis?
This conference will focus on neo-Calvinism, as a theological and cultural tradition that developed in late-modern Western Europe, and aims to understand it vis-à-vis Europe in both historical and constructive senses. How did the architects of neo-Calvinism - the likes of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck - view the late-modern European identity? What did it mean to them that humankind consisted of different peoples and races? To what extent did they view Europe, as a culturally Christian continent, to have a unique geopolitical calling? How should those views be understood in our post-colonial context? What is the relation between religion and the idea of the nation? How have these neo-Calvinists, and more contemporary exponents of the neo-Calvinist tradition, considered the place of Islam in Europe? Does neo-Calvinism offer promising resources for human flourishing in a continent marked by a profound diversity of ethnicities, languages, cultures, forms of secularism, and religion?
Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, Fuller Texas, Houston
Prof. Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena