All Articles For Vol 75 Issue 02 10/15/1998

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Creating a Christian Worldview: Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism, by Peter S. Heslam. Grand Rapids, MI/Cambridge, U.K.: Eerdmans/Paternoster, 1998. x + 300 pages. $28.00/£18.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor] On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Abraham Kuyper’s Stone Lectures on Calvinism at Princeton Seminary, Eerdmans has published a superb, provocative, ground-breaking analysis of theselectures. Standing outside the controversy over the doctrine of common grace that has raged in the Dutch Reformed churches, British scholar Peter S. Heslam offers an unbiased judgment on Kuyper’s lectures and the philosophy of a common grace worldview that they propound. The result must...

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Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. Dr. Abraham Kuyper was a theologian, a theologian of the “first water” as they say; but he was also a politician, and in his day in the Netherlands it could be argued he was the foremost politician in the land. In fact a case could be made that, in terms of time and energy, not theology but politics became the primary focus of Kuyper’s life. Not, you understand, politics rather than Christianity (there is no question concerning Kuyper’s sincere and Reformed Christianity), but politics more than theology. Nor...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Many times we in the Protestant Reformed Churches have been accused of holding to Kuyper’s false doctrine of presupposed regeneration. Many say that since we tell all our children that God loves them and that Christ died for them, we are presupposing that all our children head for head have been chosen by God and are actually in the covenant of grace. Although some who accuse us of this are simply taking a delight in falsely representing us, there are others who do not really understand what Kuyper’s...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan The legacy left by Dr. Abraham Kuyper to the Reformed faith and churches is for the most part a great and beneficial one. A significant exception to this is Kuyper’s development and promotion of the doctrine of common grace. As much as we appreciate what Kuyper gave to the Reformed churches, including our own, in many areas, we must criticize, condemn, and cast away his teaching on common grace. It is no secret that the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) have their origin in a rejection of the doctrine...

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Mr. Kamps is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Dr. A. Kuyper was a master theologian. By means of his writing, lectures, and preaching, the truth of sovereign, particular grace in Christ Jesus for the elect of God was once again restored to the confession and preaching of many thousands in the Netherlands. His work was above all a work of reformation of the church. It was reformation because it was a return to the Scriptures as confessed by the Reformed church. But this was not without a great price that had to be paid by Dr. Kuyper. He...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Brothers, if the Lord Jesus were in our midst, we would not dare to stay where we are. Let us convene this day as if the Lord Jesus really were among us. Thank you, brothers, that you have come here from your cities and villages. You did not say, “Leave those ‘Doleantie churches’ to rule their own affairs.” You did not act that way, but you came.1 These are the words of Dr. Abraham Kuyper addressed to a delegation of men from the Christelijke Gereformeerde...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Cracks in the Dike By mid-nineteenth century there were gaping cracks in the dike of Dutch Reformed orthodoxy. The Hervormde Kerk, the state Reformed church of the Netherlands, bore few similarities to the church of the Synod of Dordt that had stood so firmly against the Arminian heresy at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Not only had Dordt been undone, but the Arminianism of the early 1600s had given way to full-blown modernism by the mid-1800s. This was cause for great grief among those still committed to...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Childhood and Youth Abraham Kuyper was born on October 29, 1837 to Rev. and Mrs. J. F. Kuyper, in the small fishing village of Maassluis, the Netherlands. It was a time of great apostasy in the Reformed Church, and Modernists occupied thousands of pulpits and all the important posts in the schools. Kuyper’s own father was somewhere between liberal modernism and mildly Reformed. Two reform movements had swept the Netherlands—one a mere gesture towards reformation, the other a genuine reform of the church. The first,...

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Abraham Kuyper is no longer held in high esteem in the Reformed churches. In his day—some 100 years ago—he bestrode the Netherlands like a colossus. He cast a long shadow across much of the Reformed world. That shadow lingered for many years. But today Kuyper the Reformed theologian is rejected, if not despised. There are still theologians and churches that honor Kuyper the theoretician of a Christian culture, the man of social action, and the successful politician. But no one speaks out in appreciation of Kuyper the Reformed theologian. When his name comes up (as it does this year of...

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* A meditation published by Kuyper in De Heraut (a weekly religious periodical) the week after the death of his wife on August 25, 1899. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. II Corinthians 5:4 Given what lies before your eyes at the time of death, you can only say that Death, the fearful enemy of God and man, finally succeeds in swallowing up a life so precious...

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