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Calvinism for a Secular Age

A Twenty-First-Century Reading of Abraham Kuyper's Stone Lectures

Edited by Jessica R. Joustra and Robert J. Joustra

Calvinism for a Secular Age
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  • Published: February 08, 2022
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0147-9
  • Item Code: A0147

Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch Neo-Calvinist theologian, pastor, and politician, was well-known for having declared that there is "not a square inch" of human existence over which Jesus Christ is not its sovereign Lord.

This principle is perhaps best reflected in Kuyper's writings on Calvinism originally delivered as the Stone Lectures in 1898 at Princeton Theological Seminary. These lectures reflecting on the role of the Christian faith in a variety of social spheres—including religion, politics, science, and art—have become a touchstone for contemporary Reformed theology.

How might the lectures continue to inform the church's calling in a secular age? In this volume, Jessica Joustra and Robert Joustra bring together theologians, historians, scientists, and others to revisit Kuyper's original lectures and to critically consider both his ongoing importance and his complex legacy for today.

"Even as more of Abraham Kuyper's voluminous writings become available to Anglophone audiences, revisiting his seminal English-language source, the Stone Lectures of 1898, is a worthwhile and important endeavor. In the intervening century, Kuyper's addresses at Princeton Seminary have been the main touchstone for worldwide familiarity with Kuyper and neo-Calvinism more broadly. This edited volume provides a valuable point of entry to that reception as well as to the significance of the legacy for both today and tomorrow. We should be grateful to the editors and contributors for providing an accessible as well as substantive guide to some of the most salient features of Kuyper's fertile thought."

Jordan J. Ballor, general editor, Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology, and director of research at the Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy


Preface, James D. Bratt
Introduction, Robert J. Joustra
1. Kuyper and Life-Systems, Richard J. Mouw
2. Kuyper and Religion, James Eglinton
3. Kuyper and Politics, Jonathan Chaplin
4. Kuyper and Science, Deborah Haarsma
5. Kuyper and Art, Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin
6. Kuyper and the Future, Bruce Ashford
7. Kuyper and Race, Vincent Bacote
8. Lost in Translation: The First Text of the Stone Lectures, George Harinck
Conclusion, Jessica R. Joustra

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Jessica Joustra (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Free University of Amsterdam) is assistant professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University and an associate researcher at the Neo-Calvinist Research Institute at the Theological University of Kampen (NL). She is an editor and translator of Herman Bavinck's Reformed Ethics and associate editor for the Bavinck Review.

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Robert J. Joustra (PhD, University of Bath) is associate professor of politics and international studies and the founding-directing of the Centre for Christian Scholarship at Redeemer University. He is editor and author of several books, including The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology and How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith & Politics at the End of the World.