He established the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands , which upon its foundation became the second largest Reformed denomination in the country behind the state-supported Dutch Reformed Church. In religious affairs, he sought to adapt the Dutch Reformed Church to challenges posed by the loss of state financial aid and by increasing religious pluralism in the wake of splits that the church had undergone in the 19th century, rising Dutch nationalism, and the Arminian religious revivals of his day which denied predestination. He promoted pillarisation , the social expression of the anti-thesis in public life, whereby Protestant , Catholic and secular elements each had their own independent schools, universities and social organisations. Abraham Kuijper was born on 29 October in Maassluis , Netherlands. Kuijper was home-schooled by his father. The boy received no formal primary education , but received secondary education at the Gymnasium of Leiden.
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Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Get print book. Calvinism : Six Stone Foundation Lectures. Abraham Kuyper. Kessinger Publishing , - Calvinism - pages. Over the course of the lectures, Kuyper discusses Calvinism and the way it pertains to many aspects of life including politics, science, and art.
According to Kuyper, Calvinism has a natural affinity for scientific investigation, because like scientific inquiry, Calvinism seeks to unify the cosmos under universal laws. Predestination, he says, proves that a set of laws exist to govern the world, and science is merely trying to figure them out. In "Lectures on Calvinism," Kuyper launches into a defense of Calvinism, which is often maligned as a religion that seeks to stamp out art and its significance.
Readers will find here a thorough and elegant explanation of Calvinism and its particular outlook on life. Anyone wanting to know how the religion is unique among the many Christian sects will find "Lectures on Calvinism" an enjoyable and informative read.
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Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures
Compared with the eddying waters of your new stream of life, the old stream in which he was moving seems almost frostbound and dull; and here, on American ground, for the first time, he realizes how so many divine potencies, which were hidden away in the bosom of mankind from our very creation, but which our old world was incapable of developing, are now beginning to disclose their inward splendor, thus promising a still richer store of surprises for the future. You would not, however, ask me to forget the superiority which, in many respects, the Old World may still claim, in your eyes, as well as in mine. Old Europe remains even now the bearer of a longer historical past, and therefore stands before us as a tree rooted more deeply, hiding between its leaves some more matured fruits of life. Moreover, besides this common parentage, there is another factor which, in the face of even a wider difference, would continue to unite your interests and ours. Far more precious to us than even the development of human life, is the crown which ennobles it, and this noble crown of life for you and for me rests in the Christian name. That crown is our common heritage. But, in deadly opposition to this Christian element, 3 against the very Christian name, and against its salutiferous influence in every sphere of life, the storm of Modernism has now arisen with violent intensity.