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Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction
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Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction


Eerdmans 2011

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Richard Mouw was first drawn to Abraham Kuyper’s writings about public life in the turbulent 1960s. As he struggled to find the right Christian stance toward big social issues such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, Mouw discovered Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism—and, with it, a robust vision of active Christian involvement in public life that has guided him ever since.

In this “short and personal introduction” Mouw sets forth Kuyper’s main ideas on Christian cultural discipleship, including his views on sphere sovereignty, the antithesis, common grace, and more. Mouw looks at ways to update—and, in some places, even correct—Kuyper’s thought as he applies it to such twenty-first-century issues as religious and cultural pluralism, technology, and the challenge of Islam.

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Key Features

  • Presents a short and personal introduction of Kuyper’s main ideas
  • Discusess Christian cultural discipleship
  • Applies Kuyper’s thought to twenty-first century issues


  • Kuyper’s Calvinism
  • “Filling the Earth”
  • Celebrating Many-ness
  • The Spheres
  • Cultural “Dykes and Dams”
  • “Placing” Kuyper Politically
  • A Third Way
  • Spheres in the Bible?
  • Politics and Creation
  • The Church’s Place
  • The Antithesis
  • God’s “Excellent Gifts”
  • Kuyperian Aggiornamento
  • Race: Adding Another “Neo”
  • Kuyper for Evangelicals
  • World-Viewing
  • Will the Bell Still Toll?
  • Enhancing the Church’s Role
  • Nurturing Cultural Patience
  • Beyond “Christendom”
  • When Spheres “Shrink”
  • The Challenge of Islam
  • A Kuyperianism “Under the Cross”

Praise for the Print Edition

This marvelous little book pulls off an astounding feat: though it is both compact and accessible, it also gives us the whole Kuyper. Too often we get Kuyper in slices: folks gravitate to a ‘side’ of Kuyper, adopting his theology of culture but neglecting his emphasis on the church, or picking up common grace but neglecting antithesis. But Mouw, with typical wit and warmth, introduces us to Kuyper in all his multifaceted richness. A gift for the next generation.

James K. A. Smith, Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College

Part introduction to the principal loci of Kuyper’s theology of culture, part personal reflection on the legacy of neo-Calvinism, part Kuyperian aggiornamento for the twenty-first century, Rich Mouw’s book is a gem. Its engagement with Kuyper’s work is thoughtful and sympathetic, but also questioning and critical, a combination that makes this book a perfect entryway into Kuyper’s social thought.

John Bowlin, Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Associate Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, Princeton Theological Seminary

Richard Mouw’s book does just what it is supposed to do: stimulate our thinking on subjects of consequence, quicken our interest in a mind many of us ought to know better, and improve already great concepts into ideas even better suited to our circumstances. That’s a lot to accomplish in a small book—of which genre Mouw must now be acknowledged a master.

John Stackhouse, Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor, Theology & Culture, Regent College

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About Richard J. Mouw

Richard J. Mouw is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His many other books include Uncommon Decency, Praying at Burger King, and The Suffering and Victorious Christ: Toward a More Compassionate Christology.

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