In an era when Christ's kingship has taken a back seat to his priestly and prophetic ministries, Abraham Kuyper's Pro Rege restores it to its rightful place. Kuyper provides a powerful biblical theology of Christ's kingly ministry, and applies that kingship across the whole range of society and culture, including art, science, politics, education, commerce, and family.
--Bruce Ashford, provost, dean of the faculty, and professor of theology and culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
As we gain access to a growing volume of the writings of Abraham Kuyper in English translation we are ever more able to consider his life and work as an intriguing case study in discipleship. In Pro Rege we see Kuyper trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus in his place and time: the Netherlands of the late 19th and early 20th century. In retrospect some of his moves seem obviously misguided, others startlingly prescient. For me Kuyper's reflections raise one big question, and it is a question of practice: What does it mean to follow Jesus here, now?
--Gideon Strauss, PhD, associate professor of worldview studies, Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto); senior fellow, The Center for Public Justice (Washington, D.C.)
This English translation of Kuyper's Pro Rege unveils for us his mature thinking on the multiple dimensions of Christ's reign in the face of gifts and challenges of the modern world. The first volume creates great anticipation for the publication of the remaining translations and offers the church an insightful and challenging series of reflections that have relevance far beyond Kuyper's day.
--Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology, director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics
"'Every square inch of the whole of reality.' Looking back on my undergraduate experience, there was one belief that caught me, took all of me, and over the years formed me; Abraham Kuyper's famous words captured that conviction, his passion becoming mine. The heart of this new English translation of Pro Rege is that same vision, viz. that Christ is King over the entire life of the world. But that is a contentious, difficult belief in any age, in every age. In the early years of the 21st century, full as they are of pluralization, secularization, and globalization, we feel certain that a biblically-born faith has never been more difficult to work out in the public life of the world. While our moment in history has its complex, even immense challenges, the great gift of Kuyper's magisterial work is the profound way that he took on these same questions in his time and place. With historical and sociological insight, with psychological and philosophical attentiveness, reading the world as he read the Word, he set forth an exhaustively-imagined account of the sovereignty of God over all things in heaven and on earth. Theologically rich, biblically grounded, Kuyper was passionately committed to helping ordinary people in ordinary places understand the meaning of their faith for life, always speaking to "the real world in which most people live their daily lives." Pro Rege is a masterpiece, and my hope is that people all over the world will become his students, entering into his wisdom about the perennial challenge of understanding the world and our place in it.
--Steven Garber, Principal, The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture; author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good