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The Kuyper Center Review, vol. 3: Calvinism and Culture
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The Kuyper Center Review, vol. 3: Calvinism and Culture


Eerdmans 2013

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Some religious traditions—such as Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Eastern Orthodox—have aesthetically rich resources on which to draw for the renewal of arts in everyday life. In contrast, Calvinism has generally been suspicious of the arts.

The essays in this volume attempt to explore new avenues of thought about Calvinism’s relation to the arts. Part historical, part theological, and part practical, they offer a wide-ranging exploration of neo-Calvinism’s relationship to the arts, both at a general level and in connection with specific art forms. Overall they suggest that the neo-Calvinism espoused by Abraham Kuyper can and should make more of the arts than the traditional view of Reformed Christianity might be thought to allow.

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Interested in the whole series? Be sure to check out the Kuyper Center Review (4 vols.)


  • “Culture Regained? On the Impossibility and Meaninglessness of Culture in (Some) Calvinist Thought” by Neal DeRoo
  • “Reply to Neal DeRoo” by Albert M. Wolters
  • “The Pilgrimage to Kuyper? Adolf Schlatter and Abraham Kuyper on Theology, Culture, and Art” by Michael Bräutigam
  • “Theology and Architecture: Calvinist Principles for the Faithful Construction of Urban Space” by Matthew Kaemingk
  • “Calvinism, Necessity, and the Death of Tragedy” by John De Soto
  • “The Correlation between Creation and Culture in the Theology of Abraham Kuyper and Colin E. Gunton” by William Baltmanis Whitney
  • “The Calvinian Eucharistic Poetics of Emily Dickinson” by Jennifer Wang
  • “Beautiful Harmony: Kuyper, Dooyeweerd, and the American Musical Avant-Garde” by Janet Danielson
  • “From Neo-Calvinism to Broadway Boogie Woogie: Abraham Kuyper as the Jilted Stepfather of Piet Mondrian” by James D. Bratt
  • “The Music God Likes and the Calvinist Tradition” by John Barber
  • “The Vampire Squid: Abraham Kuyper on Public Entertainment” by Clifford B. Anderson
  • “To Transcend and to Transform: The Neo-Calvinist Relationship of Church and Cultural Transformation” by James Eglinton

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About Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham is Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion and Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics.

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