Six Lectures Delivered at Princeton University, under the auspices of the L. P. Stone Kuyper has indispensable contributions to Calvinism as an. Kuyper presents Calvinism as a life-system of comprehensive and Though based on lectures delivered in , Kuyper’s book retains its relevance even. Kuyper closed his lectures with a claim that for many today sounds preposterous. Do not write him off. Get the book Lectures on Calvinism, and test these words.

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Abraham KuyperKuyper on Luther: We have no time for it.

It is an undeniable fact, that the Calvinistic Netherlands had love for science and fostered it. There are now many authors who continue to lecturres this out at a more popular level and in updated English!

It has neglected the care of the body, because it cared too exclusively for the soul.

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To receive as the highest reward a University of the Sciences in a moment, when, in a fearful struggle, the course of the history of the world was turned by your heroism is only conceivable among a people in whose very life-principle love for science is involved. I suppose I really enjoyed finding cultural roots in the book.

Kuyper argues that Calvinism places one’s entire life before God and that all of life is to be lived before the face of God. Hij noemt een paar argumenten waarom wetenschap en religie niet contradictoir zijn, en waarom religie zelfs een noodzakelijke voorwaarde is voor het bedrijven van wetenschap zonder geloof heeft het immers geen zin de wereld te onderzoeken. Wellicht is het zo dat het calvinisme een opkomst van een gegoede burgerij betekende, die calvinistische normen als spaarzaamheid, soberheid, investeren en opoffering van het heden voor de toekomst, hoog achtten en daarmee tot een bloeiende samenleving leidden, waarbij er genoeg wil, talent en middelen waren om cultureel en kunstzinnig tot bloei te komen.

The whole creation groaneth waiting for the bursting forth of the glory of the children of God. This dualism, however, is by no means countenanced by the Holy Scriptures. My only criticism is that he does not separate the Biblical Calvinistic worldview from that of Rome.

Regeneration, Christ, and the Scriptures as the result of merely human causes, instead of clinging with all the energy of his soul to the Divine cause, as dominating in all this over all human data, must as decidedly be banished from our ranks as an amphibious and unscientific man. Most helpful was his chapter on the impact of Calvinistic ideas in the development of constitutional forms of government in the Netherlands, England, and USA. A dualistic conception of regeneration was the cause of the rupture between the life of nature and the life of grace.


And worldview manual today will give you more bang for your buck and probably do it in a clearer and more succinct manner. The Abnormalists, on the other hand, who do justice to relative evolution, but adhere to primordial creation over against an evolution infinitum, oppose the position of the Normalists with all their might; they maintain inexorably the conception of man as an independent species, because in him alone is reflected the image of God; they conceive of sin as the destruction of our original.

Romanists taught that there existed two spheres of life, the earthly or the merely human here below, and the heavenly, higher than the human as such; the latter offering celestial enjoyments in the vision of God. His doctrine of Calvinism is intensely doctrinal–massive in scope–but by its very nature it is practical covering the ins and outs of all of life.

Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures

At his death he was historian of the king of Spain. Instead of seeking relief for your scientific conscience in downhearted complaints, or in mystic feeling, or in unconfessional work, the energy and the thoroughness of our antagonists must be felt by every Christian scholar as a sharp incentive himself also to go back to his own principles in his thinking, to renew all scientific investigation on the lines of these principles, and kuypsr glut the press with the burden of his cogent studies.

This made my study much more frustrating and much less enjoyable. Luther can be interpreted without Calvin, but not Calvin without Luther. Mainly because of bad caricatures of Calvinism and because of most hating the thought of having a “system” by a man that one follows.

The data, which are absolutely indispensable for all higher science, are at hand only under this supposition. It has, on account of its too intense contemplation of heavenly things, calvnism to give its attention to the world of God’s creation.

Lectures on Calvinism

There are many gems in this book. In his Encyclopedia of Theology, II, p. Calvin long ago knew better, when he asked for a Philosophia Christiana, and after all every faculty, and in these faculties every single science, is more or less connected with the antithesis of principles, and calvvinism consequently be permeated by it.

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The Church was unable to hail, in the dawn of science, a rosy morn, heralding to the horizon the rising of a new sun, but saw in its glittering rather the smouldering sparks, which threatened to set the kuper on fire; and therefore she considered herself justified and in duty bound to quench this fire and to extinguish these flames.

This position, when we kiyper ourselves back in those times, we can understand, but not without firmly condemning its underlying principle, for it would have smothered nascent science in its very cradle, if all the world had persisted in favoring it. Calvinists have never thought that the idea of the cosmos lay in God’s lecures as an aggregate of loosely conjoined decrees, but they have always maintained, that the whole formed one organic programme of the entire creation and the entire history.

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Drebbel in exhibited Jansen’s compound microscope to James I. Calbinism if you consider your own surroundings, that which is reported to you, and that which you derive from the studies and literary productions of professed infidels, how much there is which attracts you, with which you sympathize and which you admire.

Lecturees is a provocative and interesting book, though not without tendentious moments. But as is often the case among free corporations, competition allured the weaker to seek support from without and so they turned for help to the Khyper. His trumpeting the term so boldly is an act of defiance in and of itself. He who shrunk from conflicts kept silence or submitted to circumstances; and he, who being of more heroic mettle defied opposition, was punished by having his wings clipped; and if he nevertheless tried to fly with cqlvinism wings, had his neck wrung.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Calvinism as a Life System Calvinism and Religion Calvinism and Politics Calvinism and Science Calvinism and Art Calvinism and the F After reading this book there is no wonder left in my mind as to why virtually every reformed scholar I’ve read references it in his own work or recommends it in his own work or both.

But this is far from being our experience in actual life. Hence it follows that the conflict. Hence it follows that the conflict is not between faith and science, but between the assertion that the cosmos, as it exists today, is either in a normal or abnormal condition.

He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between and Do read it and if you don’t maybe the lesson here is not to become a better Calvinist, but to become the kind of Christian who lives life with deep convictions about God, man, and the world. A fearful famine began to rage.

It was not clearly seen that the history of mankind is not so much an aphoristic spectacle of cruel passions as a coherent process with the Cross as its center; a process in which every nation has its levtures task, and the knowledge of which may be a fountain of blessing for every people.

May God grant it! Overall, it was a insightful read but I found Francis Lectufes more compelling in his worldview analysis.