Lectures on Calvinism
Six Lectures from the Stone Foundation Lectures
In these six classic lectures by distinguished scholar Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920), Kuyper demonstrates that Calvinism is far more than “five points”, but is a life-system, as he shows its vital relationship to religion, politics, science, and art. The volume contains a chapter on each topic.
According to Kuyper, Calvinism seeks to unify the cosmos under universal laws. For instance, he states that predestination proves that a set of laws exists to govern the world, and science is merely trying to figure them out. Kuyper defends Calvinism in the realm of art as well, providing a thorough and elegant explanation of this outlook on life. The collection is called Lectures on Calvinism, not lectures on Christianity, because Kuyper believed that Calvinism most truthfully and most completely articulates the Biblical Christian faith.
About Abraham Kuyper
Dr. Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) was a Dutch Calvinist theologian, philosopher, and politician. As leader of the Anti-Revolutionary Party in the Netherlands, he served as Prime Minister from 1901–1905. He took on the task of reconstructing the social structures of his native land on the basis of its Calvinistic heritage in almost every area of life. He developed Neo-Calvinism, which emphasizes the sovereignty of Jesus over all mental pursuits. Kuyper held firmly to the idea that there is grace given by God to all things in order to sustain the continued unfolding of creation. Kuyper wrote a number of books, including Conservatism and Orthodoxy and The Social Question and the Christian Religion.
These lectures were delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898.
Table of Contents
- First Lecture: Calvinism as a Life-System
- Second Lecture: Calvinism and Religion
- Third Lecture: Calvinism and Politics
- Fourth Lecture: Calvinism and Science
- Fifth Lecture: Calvinism and Art
- Sixth Lecture: Calvinism and the Future