Lectures on Calvinism

Lectures on Calvinism Abraham Kuyper
  • Title: Lectures on Calvinism
  • Author: Abraham Kuyper
  • ISBN: 9780802816078
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lectures on Calvinism Abraham Kuyper Lectures on Calvinism This classic expression of the Reformed faith offers six lectures on Calvinism Though these lecture were delivered at Princeton in what Kuper says is not of historical interest alone for on many
    This classic expression of the Reformed faith offers six lectures on Calvinism Though these lecture were delivered at Princeton in 1898, what Kuper says is not of historical interest alone for on many of the issues he addresses, the lines are still drawn in the same places nearly a full century later.
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    About Abraham Kuyper


    1. Abraham Kuyper was a Dutch politician, journalist, statesman and theologian He founded the Anti Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905.


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    1. PDF available here Online here If you want to read by on Kuyper, see here Useful quotes here.Very helpful book Kuyper, who was prime minister of the Netherlands for four years, was invited by B B Warfield to Princeton in 1898 to participate in the Stone Lectures An annual prize was named in his honor, and there s even a Center for Public Theology named after him Kuyper delivered these lectures between Oct 10 21, approximately one month before the birth of C S Lewis Nov 29, 1898.In April 2017, T [...]

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    2. First time reading Kuyper Some of the content flew straight over my head while some of it was really, really great I feel like Kuyper is a good example of looking at how worldview shapes how we act think, etc To him, Calvinism is not just a theologically system but a life system A couple of other cool things found in reading Kuyper I m almost certain he helped to develop the doctrine of common grace With his understanding of the activity of God over all things, it makes total sense that he d hel [...]

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    3. Chuck Colson recommended this book in an interview I like it how he integrates Calvinism within his worldview He has a high view of Calvinism, frequently says it is the reason for many changes in Western Society This is interesting However I couldn t find sources to back his claims Kuyper emphasizes giving God everything, an unflinching service He adds saying, In everything God is present, our thoughts, our actions He explains influence of Calvinism in Protestant countries, concepts of Sovereign [...]

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    4. Kuyper s Lectures on Calvinism are a must read for anyone interested in worldview studies His basic claim is that the Calvinistic system provides a comprehensive life system, beginning first and foremost with our relation to God, then proceeding to our relation to fellow men, and finally to our relation to the world He demonstrates his thesis by outlining the connections between Calvinism and religion, politics, science, and art each in their own lecture while touching on a number of other topic [...]

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    5. Has the virtue of elaborating a single powerful theme God s sovereignty in human life Puts forth the important ideas of common grace and sphere sovereignty But the book is marred by the prominent role accorded to some of Kuyper s worst ideas He gerrymanders Calvinism in order to claim that the suppression of heretics like Servetus is not compatible with it he advocates a sort of principled pluralism His chapter on art is almost wholly vitiated by the gnostic idea that higher sorts of worship hav [...]

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    6. Abraham Kuyper is arguably one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries A journalist, theologian and politician including prime minister of the Netherlands from 1901 1905 , here Kuyper delivers six dense, informative, profound lectures on the impact of Calvinism upon the world Kuyper s writing is excellent and full of flair and flourish but I feel as if upon examination from a 21st century lens, his excessive praise for Calvinism is vulnerable to critiques One of the pro [...]

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    7. This was a really curious book There were of course, some excellent sections which I thoroughly enjoyed, but throughout the book, Kuyper lives in a bizarre fantasy that Calvinism is and has the potential to be, the greatest worldview the world has ever seen Consequently, he continually glorifies Calvinism and its incarnation in the Netherlands and shows how wonderful it is But this involves a rather simplistic view of history, current affairs and science among other things He should at least hav [...]

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    8. As a baby Calvinist, I found this book inspiring because it showed me how the Prostetant Reformation has deeply impacted Western Civilization and Culture Not only was the impact in the past, but I could see that it is still and will always impact society in every area I love Kuyper s ability to speak to the heart and mind of man I kept checking the date of when the lectures were given in disbelief I would have thought the book was written in the twentieth century by the way he spoke I suppose I [...]

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    9. I guess it was exciting when it first came out And worldview manual today will give you bang for your buck and probably do it in a clearer and succinct manner.While it is true that Calvinism is an active faith, and one can even urge that it is a transforming faith, the problem with this line of reasoning is that was not the Reformers primary goal They sought to reform worship in the church A lot of Kuyperians simply miss that observation.

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    10. Que livro Seis palestras do Dr Kuyper, proferidas em Princeton 1898 , que nos mostram o Calvinismo n o apenas como corrente teol gica, mas como uma vis o que abrange toda a nossa vida.

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    11. MY NOTES AND QUOTES Abraham KuyperKuyper on Luther In the Protestant domain, taken in the historic sense, Lutheranism alone stands by the side of Calvinism Now I wish to be second to none in my praises of Luther s heroic initiative In his heart, rather than in the heart of Calvin, was the bitter conflict fought which led to the world historic breach Luther can be interpreted without Calvin, but not Calvin without Luther To a great extent Calvin entered upon the harvest of what the hero of Witten [...]

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    12. Kuyper was the Prime Minister of Netherlands 1901 05 and a reformed theologian In this book, he discusses the impact of Calvinistic thought on broader society He carefully argues that Calvinism isn t just a soteriological concept rather, it is a comprehensive life system with implications extending into politics, science, and the arts In understanding the relationship of each of these areas of life, he posits the concept of sphere sovereignty, which helpfully delineates the distinct responsibili [...]

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    13. I was told a while ago that I MUST read this book Excitedly I dug in and within a matter of minutes I found myself at odds with most of Kuyper s teachings Page after page of philosophical speculation poured out of Kuyper s His ideas were firmly rooted in something other than the bible Ultimately, this book is what actually lead me to abandon reformed theology By reformed theology I don t mean the doctrines of grace and or covenant theology which I wholeheartedly agree with What I mean is the inh [...]

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    14. This book is a great introduction to Biblical worldview Kuyper shows the sovereignty and supremacy of God in all spheres of life My only criticism is that he does not separate the Biblical Calvinistic worldview from that of Rome Calvinism and Biblical theology are vastly different from the popish religion.

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    15. Not an easy read very philosophical and cerebral at times, but prophetic considering the lectures were given in 1898 Interesting connections and arguments for the impact of Calvinism on our modern world.

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    16. Interesting lectures, some much interesting than others Felt Science lecture was fairly inconsequential Sphere Sovereignty has very interesting political implications

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    17. I am no longer afraid of being called a Calvinist

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    18. Good insights as to Kuyper s thoughts on Christianity and Western Civilization A Bit long but hang in there.

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    19. Lectures on Calvinism is an important book Kuyper s Calvinism is a product of how the Calvinstic world view pervades all of life He shows that Calvinism is a life system and then goes to show its penetration in religion and politics and science and art and the future Kuyper argues that Calvinism places one s entire life before God and that all of life is to be lived before the face of God.Now I must confess this is the kind of book I don t like to get caught reading because of its title Mainly b [...]

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    20. Good stuff, as I expected The lecture Calvinism and Art was the best In it, Kuyper argued for the only real foundation for good and true art and that foundation is Christ s sovereignty in all of life Here are some of his best quotes The arts, says Calvin, have been given us for our comfort, in this our depressed estate of life pg 153 And even when art condescends to become the instrument of mere entertainment to the masses, Calvin asserts that this sort of pleasure should not be denied them pg 1 [...]

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    21. Kuyper s Stone Lectures provide a neat account of Calvinism not really as a theology but as what is now called a worldview along with a polemical argument concerning the responsibility of that worldview for many of the distinctive positive aspects of modernity, especially for what Weber would call the differentiation of modern society into its several spheres religion, art, science, politics, business, etc each independent of each other and each governed by its own norms For Kuyper this follows [...]

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    22. After reading this book there is no wonder left in my mind as to why virtually every reformed scholar I ve read references it in his own work or recommends it in his own work or both.It s not the easiest thing I ve read, but I have a much better understanding now of how the reformed mindset has really come to shape the world Arranged in six chapters, the lectures are Calvinism as a Life SystemCalvinism and ReligionCalvinism and PoliticsCalvinism and ScienceCalvinism and ArtCalvinism and the Futu [...]

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    23. After an abandoned attempt at reading through Kuyper s devotional To Be Near Unto God , I decided to pick up this theological classic work of his and I m glad I did Kuyper here succinctly lays out many of the ideas he is well known for sphere sovereignty, common grace, a holistic worldview approach to the faith, etc Originally a series of six lectures delivered at Princeton, I found the first three on the history of Reformation and Calvinistic thought particularly interesting The exclusion of t [...]

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    24. Kuyper is concerned with establishing and defending what Calvinism is, the depth of its theology, the breadth of its influence, and the majesty of the Calvinism itself and how it relates to other spheres of life without trespassing on these spheres If you think Calvinism is all about predestination, you are missing so much about this system of theology Built upon the foundation of scripture, Calvinism is a theology as comprehensive as the Bible itself In Kuypers words, it is a life system While [...]

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    25. 3 and 1 2An application of the Calvinistic Wolrdview to various topics of Science, Politics, Arts etc Kuyper provides some thoughts on how such a worldview applies to the different spheres into which the Lord has placed us The result is often insightful and interesting, not to mention helpful However a few things are a bit off if i may put it lightly Kuyper s evolutionary rhetoric in regards to theology is a turn off, at times he seems to be saying that the reader should adhere to the Calvinisti [...]

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    26. This book is the collection of transcripts of a lecture series that Kuyper gave in 1898 Though outdated on a number of points, he compellingly argues for Calvinism as a life system, rather than just a set of beliefs or a single belief about fore ordination The Calvinistic views of the sovereignty of God and the doctrine of common grace form the pillars for a system which infuses and interprets all of life In Calvinism A Life System, he argues that Calvinism fulfills the requirements of a life sy [...]

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    27. One of the invigorating books I ve read in a while Clearly a classic that Christian thinkers should read Kuyper explains how the doctrine of Election builds a philosophical and theological framework where the glory of God is fully and immediately enjoyed amidst the various spheres of life With this framework he provides the basis for his potentially most famous contribution to the Christian and Reformed tradition Sphere sovereignty This principle states that the family, the business, science, a [...]

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    28. I m not interested in Calvinism per se, but I am interested in Abraham Kuyper 1837 1920 , the prime minister of Netherlands from 1901 to 1905 Kuyper developed Neo Calvinism, which emphasizes the sovereignty of Jesus over all mental pursuits and supports the idea that there exists a grace given by God to all things in order to sustain the continued unfolding of creation.In 1898 he was invited to deliver a series of lectures called the Stone Lectures at the Princeton Theological Seminary Six lectu [...]

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    29. Powerful Dr Kuyper presented these lectures to Princeton University late 1890 s in order to awaken them to the rising storm of Modernism , and the necessity to return to the fullness of Christianity in order to battle it It is a book that illustrates the far reaching power of comprehensive Christianity To quote him fully, But in deadly opposition to this Christian element, against the very Christian name, and against its salutiferous influence in every sphere of life, the storm of Modernism has [...]

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    30. I am in awe of people who see things clearly and speak truth boldly and remind us that our confidence is in God This book is a series of talks Kuyper gave at Princeton in 1898 Yes 1898 And It is amazing how the truth he proclaimed then is still relevant today Kuyper talked about the Reformed faith s relationship to religion, politics, science, and art What really stood out to me was his insistence on open handedness toward other faiths He saw the danger of having the ruling powers in government [...]

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