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A Free Church, a Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper’s American Public Theology
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A Free Church, a Holy Nation: Abraham Kuyper’s American Public Theology


Eerdmans 2001

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This volume uses the thought of Abraham Kuyper as a model for American evangelicals engaged in today’s cultural debate. Offering a new interpretation of Kuyper’s public theology that emphasizes its rhetorical and poetic aspects, John Bolt builds a credible public theology that directly applies to Christian political activism.

In considering such key issues as poverty, wealth and power, theocracy and pluralism, civil religion, the culture wars, and political cooperation between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, Bolt also compares Kuyper’s views with the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Acton, Pope Leo XII, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Jonathan Edwards. Bolt shows that focusing on Kuyper’s rhetorical and mythopoetic perspective, rather than on his theological and philosophical ideas, provides contemporary evangelicals with a more meaningful and effective theology for the public square.

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Key Features

  • Uses the thought of Abraham Kuyper as a model for American evangelicals
  • Presents a credible public theology that applies to Christian political activism
  • Focuses on Kuyper’s rhetorical and mythopoetic perspective


  • “Let My People Go”: Abraham Kuyper’s Christian-Historical Political Imagination
  • The Need for an Evangelical Public Theology in America
  • Liberty’s European Pilgrims: Abraham Kuyper, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Lord John Acton
  • America as God’s Kingdom: Abraham Kuyper and Jonathan Edwards
  • The “Social Question” and the Social Gospel: Abraham Kuyper, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Leo XIII
  • Liberty’s Stepchildren: Liberationists and Libertarians
  • Tyranny by Another Name? Theocrats and Pluralists
  • Ecumenical Jihad: The Surprising Evangelical–Catholic Culture War Cobelligerency
  • Abraham Kuyper in America Today: Do Evangelicals Really Need a Public Theology?

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About John Bolt

John Bolt is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.