By James D. Bratt

The definitive biography of Abraham Kuyper, substantial of Dutch Calvinism

This is the 1st full-scale English-language biography of the hugely influential and astonishingly multifaceted Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) — theologian, minister, flesh presser, newspaper editor, academic innovator, Calvinist reformer, and top minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.

James Bratt is the correct pupil to inform the tale of Kuyper's extraordinary existence and paintings. He expertly lines the foundation and improvement of Kuyper's signature ideas — universal grace, Christian worldview, sphere sovereignty, Christian engagement with modern tradition — within the dynamic context of his life's story.

Based on voluminous basic and secondary Dutch assets, Bratt's Abraham Kuyper: smooth Calvinist, Christian Democrat will turn out to be the go-to biography of this significant determine whose principles and effect expand a long way past his personal time and position.

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In vain. In the second half of the eighteenth century the Republic, by now “inherently hollow and precarious,” became a pawn on the chessboard of international politics. The most concerted protest against this devolution came from the Patriot movement of the 1780s, inspired by the American Revolution. Appalled by William V’s toadying before Britain and Prussia and vindicated when he brought Holland to utter humiliation in the fourth and final Anglo-Dutch War (1780-84), the Patriots called for a new republic invigorated by a renewed civic virtue.

The Hubers, and the Kuypers too, thus entered the nineteenth century seared by some epochal events of history. Though their particular trial might appear to modern eyes to have arisen from political and economic forces, they along with thousands of their countrymen understood it in religious terms. More broadly, the nineteenth century in Europe was the age of history, in which personal, national, even metaphysical destiny was defined by an understanding of the past. We need to review some of the main lines of Dutch historical development, then, to identify the furnishings of Kuyper’s mind — its heroes and villains, its lessons and warnings — the better to understand which items he would keep, which ones he would discard, and which ones he would rearrange over the course of his long career.

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