Abraham Kuyper, the most influential Dutch Reformed thinker and politician of the last century, discusses religion versus faith in this short lecture. Delivered at the Historical Presbyterian Society in 1890, Kuyper puts forth his views on the pitfalls of religious rituals as opposed to the direct faith that the Reformers held to as the most important doctrines. In true Reformed fashion, he argues that ritual in religion is mere symbolism, hindering the believer in drawing near to God. Tracking this line of thought in German and English thought, Kuyper provides a solid argument for God’s direct involvement in the salvation of Christians.
This is a succinct discussion of the opposition between salvation by works and salvation by faith alone, and is essential for any student of Reformed thinking or anyone wanting a greater understanding of this doctrine. With the Logos edition, all the Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your library and you can study it side by side with all your other Reformed resources.
“This subject is the antithesis between Symbolism and Revelation, or the current of symbolical religion, which of late is becoming almost dominant in England, and now already in a considerable degree menaces our Calvinistic church-life.” (Page 5)
“this ritualistic action must of necessity develop for itself; viz., the going back to Rome” (Page 7)
“In this new religious tide there is no demand at all for deliverance from sin; there is no longing whatsoever after redemption; nowhere the desire for a conscious personal reunion with the living God, our Father in heaven, declares itself. The adherents of this new religion, belonging almost all to the highly cultured class, are well satisfied with themselves and with their position in this world, leaving their future lot in the world to come, if there is such a one, an open question.” (Page 11)
“The idea of the Infinite becoming phenomenal in the finite, by means of a material process, adapted itself to the Anglo-Saxon mind; and from that moment on the modern theory of the pantheistic relation between the Infinite and the finite has mastered the public mind, and encompassed the rising generation all over the world, sweeping everything before it.” (Page 14)
“principle. Both have in view to establish a perceivable relation between the Infinite and the finite, bu” (Page 16)