Neither Individualism Nor Statism: Kuyper on Christian Concern for Laborers

Monday, 16 Jul 2007

Christians, then, have not only a heavenly and spiritual calling, but also a calling to what later Calvinists called "the cultural mandate."
Abraham Kuyper (1837-1921) was one of the most remarkable Christian thinkers of the modern era. Though reared in the home of a Dutch Reformed minister, he did not experience a conversion to orthodox Calvinism until he was a minister himself. His work and thought then consciously flowed out of that orthodox commitment. Yet his thinking was much broader than theology and the church. Kuyper deliberately related Calvinism to the modern world, showing great creativity and sympathy for the distinctive character of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Most notably, Kuyper's interests extended beyond the church to politics. ...

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