Lectures on Calvinism [Abraham Kuyper] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Kuyper presents Calvinism as a life-system of comprehensive. Lectures on Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper. PAPERBACK; Published: 10/4/ ISBN: Price: $ Pages. Trim Size, in inches: X . Kuyper closed his lectures with a claim that for many today sounds preposterous. Do not write him off. Get the book Lectures on Calvinism, and test these words.

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I found the section on Art to be particularly galling since he deliberately demeans Art in order to explain why Calvinism hasn’t paid much attention to it. And to that end in either sphere God’s Word must rule, but in calvinissm sphere of the State only through the conscience of the persons invested with authority.

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The principal characteristic of government is the right of life and death. In order to shield myself from this undesirable suspicion, I advance the rule -that a system is not known in what it has in common with other preceding systems; but that it is distinguished by that in which it differs from those preceding systems.

The question how those persons, who by divine authority are to be clothed with power, are indicated, cannot, according to Calvin, be answered alike for all peoples and for all time.

It has neglected the care of the body, because it cared too exclusively for the soul. I really liked this book.

But whosoever learns from history that the guillotine, all over France, for years and years could not rest from the execution of those who were of a different mind; whosoever remembers how cruelly and wantonly the Roman Catholic clergy were murdered, because they refused to violate their conscience by an unholy oath; or whosoever, like myself, by a sad experience, knows the lecturew tyranny which liberalism and conservatism on the European Continent have applied, and are still applying, to those who have chosen different paths, -is forced to admit that liberty in Calvinism and liberty in the French Revolution are two quite different things.

Or is it the duty of the government to suspend its own judgment and to consider the. Indeed, no country in our 19th century has had a sadder State history than France. Nov 03, Jacob Aitken rated it liked it Shelves: Therefore in order t elctures they may govern, according to His holy ordinances, every magistrate is in duty bound to investigate the rights of God, both in the natural life and in His Word.


An annual prize was named in his honor, and there’s even a Center for Public Theology named after him. Mainly because of bad caricatures of Calvinism and because of most hating the thought of having a “system” by a man that one follows.

Good overview of the applications of calvinism during the Reformation and the Post-Reformation era to diverse domains regularly considered as “secular”: For, indeed, without sin there would have been neither magistrate nor state-order; but political life, in its entirety, would have evolved itself, after a patriarchal fashion, from the life of the family.

Kuyper noemt een reeks voorbeelden van uitvindingen die in de Nederlanden zijn gedaan door wetenschappers microscoop, telescoop, etcmaar hij schrijft dat onterecht toe aan het calvinisme.

In the French Revolution a civil liberty for every Christian to agree with the unbelieving majority; in Calvinism, a liberty of conscience, which enables every man to serve God according to his own conviction and the dictates of his own heart.

And Calvinism is to be praised for having built a dam across this absolutistic stream, not by appealing to popular force, nor to the hallucination of human greatness, but by deducing those rights and liberties of social life from the same source from which the high authority of the government flows -even the absolute sovereignty of God. Just as little from a majority over against a minority, for history shows, almost on every page, that very often the minority was right.

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In the second part of this lecture I have already indicated that the developed man also possesses an individual sphere of life, with sovereignty in his own circle. I wouldn’t call myself a Kuyperian by any means, but I’d say that my first trek into Kuyper territory was worth it.

And in both kuypef spheres the inherent authority is sovereign, that is to say, it has above itself nothing but God. Mar 04, BJ rated it really liked it. Het boek begint met een biografische schets van Kuyper, geschreven door George Harinck. Nature lecturee us may have lost the glory of paradise by reason of sin, and the earth may bear thorns and thistles so that we can eat our bread only in the sweat of our brow; notwithstanding all this the chief aim of all human effort remains what it was by virtue of our creation and before the fall, -namely dominion over nature.


This view is often compared to the Catholic idea of subsidiarity, although it should be apparent that it has deep differences with that view in its most common formulations, since on Kuyper’s view the spheres of life are independent of one another, which is antithetical to the view that authority ought to dwell as close to the bottom as possible, since this picture presupposes that the spheres are hierarchically related.

Thus all transcendent right in God, to which the oppressed lifted up his face, fails away. Main Lectures on Calvinism is an important book. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand not Calvinism but the Protestant conception of the world at its best.

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Who binds up, where nothing is broken? This bestowal may flow from the right of inheritance, as in a hereditary monarchy. And thus to the first Calvinistic thesis that sin alone has necessitated the institution of governments, this second and no cavinism momentous thesis is added that: Een prachtige zin vond ik: Hij ziet dat steeds meer mensen God achter zich laten en vraagt zich af wat mensen daarvoor in de plaats zullen zetten.

He is not a racist, but has his own odd Darwinian ideas about progress via “the mingling of blood”. Since that time these medieval relations, which ledtures part arose from the feudal system, have become totally antiquated. Toch is het jammer dat Kuyper, een erg intelligente man niettemin, zo veel refereert cxlvinism de grootsheid Gods en dat de wil van de mens geproduceerd wordt door God.

Kuyper argues that Calvinism is not just lectjres theological system, but is in fact a complete world and life view on the order of Islam, Roman Catholicism, and paganism. You see this at once in the family and in the connection of blood relations and other ties.