Delivered by Dutch theologian/politician Kuyper at Princeton Theological Seminary, these famous lectures defend Calvinism as a life-system, holding it up as the most "biblical" form of Christianity. Reveals Calvinism as it relates to and transforms religion, politics, science, art, and every aspect of society. 227 pages, hardcover. Hendrickson.
Lectures on Calvinism offers a timeless exploration of the theology and thinking of key reformer John Calvin.
These six classic lectures by distinguished scholar Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) on the key figure in Reformation theology were delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898. Kuyper introduces Calvinism as a life-system, discussing its relationship to religion, politics, science, and art. According to Kuyper, Calvinism seeks to unify the cosmos under universal laws. For instance, he states that predestination proves that a set of laws exists to govern the world, and science is merely trying to figure them out. Kuyper defends Calvinism in the realm of art as well, providing a thorough and elegant explanation of this outlook on life. The collection is called Lectures on Calvinism and not lectures on Christianity because Kuyper believed that Calvinism most truthfully and most completely articulates the Biblical Christian faith.
Dr. Abraham Kuyper (18371920) was a Dutch Calvinist theologian, philosopher, and politician. As leader of the Anti-Revolutionary Party in the Netherlands, he served as Prime Minister of his country from 19011905. He occupied himself with the task of reconstructing the social structures of his native land on the basis of its Calvinistic heritage in almost every area of life. He developed Neo-Calvinism, which emphasizes the sovereignty of Jesus over all mental pursuits and supports the idea that there is a grace given by God to all things in order to sustain the continued unfolding of creation. Kuyper wrote a number of books, including Conservatism and Orthodoxy (1870), The Social Question and the Christian Religion (1891), and Common Grace (1902).