Kuyper for Christians

Introducing a three-week Comment series on how Abraham Kuyper's world-and-life-view can enrich the twenty-first century Christian church.

Appears in Fall 2011 Issue: The good society
September 1st, 2011

Editor's Note: How should the North American church relate to culture? How should it respond to deep racial, cultural, and religious differences and tensions? Is there a way beyond the false choices of cultural retreat and control? Beyond petrified conservatism and an obsession with the current zeitgeist? The daily work of Comment owes much to the rich cultural and theological vision of Dutch politician, journalist, statesman, and theologian Abraham Kuyper. For the next three weeks, we will be publishing a series of articles (curated by Matthew Kaemingk) that explore how Kuyper's vision and the neocalvinist movement he inspired can offer the church an alternative way of engaging with cultural issues as diverse as racial relations, youth ministry, personal piety, sports, work, and more. The series coincides with the release of Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction (Eerdmans, 2011) by Fuller Theological Seminary president Dr. Richard Mouw, who introduces the articles below.

Series Index:

      First in Series

I don't like to make my process of becoming a neocalvinist sound too much like a conversion experience. Abraham Kuyper is certainly no substitute for Jesus Christ in my life—exactly what Kuyper himself would insist upon. But encountering Kuyper's thought did have something very much like a life-changing impact on my journey of faith.

Most of the decade of the 1960s was a time of protest for me. When I was a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Alberta, I not only participated in "ban the bomb" marches, but I even helped to organize a few of them. When I arrived at the University of Chicago for doctoral studies, I engaged in demonstrations against the war in Vietnam and was actively engaged in anti-racist activities.

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