Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art is a new and complete translation of two sections that the Dutch Reformed theologian and politician Abraham Kuyper intended for his larger three-volume work on common grace. During his life, Kuyper labored tirelessly, publishing two newspapers, leading a reform movement out of the state church, founding the Free University of Amsterdam, and serving as prime minister of the Netherlands. Kuyper’s Wisdom & Wonder displays his talents as a public theologian, focusing on his comprehensive and Reformed vision of science and art, still relevant for Christians today.
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- Includes an introduction by Vincent E. Bacote
- Provides a brief biography of Abraham Kuyper
- Focuses on Kuyper’s vision of science and art
- Part 1—Science
- Part 2—Art
Praise for the Print Edition
Abraham Kuyper was a profound theologian, an encyclopedic thinker, and a deeply spiritual man who believed that it is the believer’s task ‘to know God in all his works.’ In a day when secular science is seeking to establish hegemony over all knowing, and when postmodern art is threatening to bring an end to art, Kuyper’s solid, biblical insights can help restore perspective and sanity to these two critical areas of human life.
—Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
The appearance of this treatise in English translation is for the beginning of a larger dream come true. Kuyper’s writings on common grace are much needed ‘for such a time as this’ and Wisdom & Wonder is a marvelous foretaste of more that is to come!
—Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Abraham Kuyper’s Wisdom & Wonder is an eloquent theological antidote to the anti-intellectualist and anti-artistic impulses that infect so much of the contemporary church. Kuyper issues a clarion call for Christians to move beyond Bible study and theology, and beyond church art, to engage in these graced endeavors (science and art) in gratitude to God and out of fidelity to Christian conviction. Though Kuyper wrote these words more than one hundred years ago, they have lost none of their bite and relevance.
—Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University
- Title: Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art
- Author: Abraham Kuyper
- Editors: Jordan J. Ballor and Stephen J. Grabill
- Translator: Nelson D. Kloosterman
- Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 182
About Abraham Kuyper
Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) is a significant figure in the history of the Netherlands and modern Protestant theology. A prolific intellectual, he founded a political party and a university, and served as the prime minister of the Netherlands (1901–1905). His enduring passion, to develop a theology for the general public, was seen in his extensive elaboration of the doctrine of common grace.