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At present a new tendency to organization reveals itself even in the spheres of commerce and industry and not less in that of labor, and even from France voices, like that of Benoit, arise, which clamor for the juncture of the right of franchise with these organizations.

He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between and In Roman Catholic countries, the identification of the invisible and the visible Church, under Papal unity, is still maintained. Or if the government rests with a plurality of persons, the Church which yesterday was counted the false one, is today considered the true one, according to the decision of the vote; and thus all continuity of state-administration and church-position is lost.

Authority over men cannot arise from men. In the time of Luther and Calvin, it was a universal conviction that that system was the true one. Kuyper ziet dan ook veel overeenkomsten tussen de tweede, alleen is het calvinisme superieur aan het humanisme, omdat het tijdlozer en inhoudsvoller is. A theocracy was only found in Israel, because in Israel, God intervened immediately. The shady-side for this multitude of states ought not to exist; there should be only one world-empire.

Kuyper’s critique of mysticism and overtly practical Christianity should be heeded today and resonates now as it did at the turn of the century. It has cost a heroic struggle to wrest this greatest of all human liberties from the grasp of despotism; and streams of human blood have been poured out before the object was attained. This was a really curious book. It does not express itself with emphasis in the child, but only in the mature man; and in the same way it mostly slumbers among undeveloped peoples, and is irresistible only among highly developed nations.

Incredible introduction to Calvinism not just as theology, but as the root of a philosophical, political, scientific, and artistic perspective as well. While it is true that Calvinism is an active faith, and one can even urge that it is a transforming faith, the problem with this line of reasoning is that was not the Reformers’ primary goal.

This patriarchal hierarchy has been destroyed. In the Calvinistic Netherlands, on the contrary, all those who were persecuted for religion’s sake, found a harbor of refuge. This gives Man an authority and his role in the world. Eerst begint hij argumenten waarom het calvinisme niet tot kunst zou hebben geleid te ontkrachten.

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Of an entirely different nature, on the contrary, is the last question to which I referred, namely, the duty of the government as regards the sovereignty of the individual person.

A man of ripe and rich development will rather become a voluntary exile, will rather suffer imprisonment, nay, even sacrifice life itself, than tolerate constraint in the forum of his conscience. And Calvinism is to be praised for having built a dam across this absolutistic stream, not by appealing to popular force, nor to the hallucination of human greatness, but by deducing those rights and liberties of social life from the same source from which the high authority of the government flows -even the absolute sovereignty of God.

Thus originated the battle calginism the ages between Authority and Liberty, and in this battle it was the very innate thirst for liberty which proved itself the God-ordained means to bridle the authority wheresoever it degenerated into despotism.

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A lot of Kuyperians simply miss that observation. The government, therefore, was not called upon to judge, or to weigh or to decide for itself. To him, Calvinism is not just a theologically system but a life system.

kuypr Luther as well as Calvin contended for a direct fellowship with God, but Luther took it up from its subjective, anthropological side, and not from its objective, cosmological side as Alvin did.

Jul 04, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: I was amazed by how many points Kuyper raises that I thought were more recent ideas. It is a provocative and interesting book, though not without tendentious moments.

Lectures on Calvinism

For instance, Kuyper points out that everyone, whether religious or not, relies upon faith, including scientists in their engagement with research and experiments. Kuyper’s common grace is a great help to living in a world full of unbelievers, muyper nevertheless, a cavinism full of unbelievers graced and gifted by God in all kinds of good works politics, art, science, etc.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By these organs the will of the State operates, and everything must bow before this will.

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But when the government was organized, the family was not set aside, but remained; and the government received only a limited task, which is defined by the sovereignty in the individual sphere, and not least of all by the sovereignty of Christ in His Church. To defend individuals and the weak ones, in those spheres, against the abuse of power of the rest; and 3.


It is therefore a political faith which may be summarily expressed in these three theses: And however powerfully the State may assert itself and oppress the free individual development, above that powerful State there is always glittering, before our soul’s eye, as infinitely more powerful, the majesty of the King of kings, Whose righteous bar ever maintains the right of appeal for all the oppressed, and unto Whom the prayer of the people ever ascends, to bless our nation and, in that nation, us and our house!

Ideas are incarnated in the reality, and among these the idea of the State was the highest, the richest, the most perfect idea of the relation between man and man. And the free churches have exclusively flourished in those countries which were touched by the breath of Calvinism, i.

The religious momentum of Calvinism has placed also beneath political Society a fundamental conception, all its own, just because it not merely pruned the branches and cleaned the stem, but reached down to the very root of our human life.

But in whatever form this mystical being of the State revealed itself, the idea remained supreme: Scriptures, is not the merely spiritual existence of saved souls, but the restoration of the entire cosmos, when God will lie all in all under the renewed heaven on the renewed earth.

The lecture “Calvinism and Art” was the best. This need of the personal liberty of conscience, however, does not immediately assert itself. De eerste lezing gaat over het Calvinisme in de historie. To coerce all together to bear personal and financial burdens for the maintenance of the natural unity of the State.

Abraham KuyperKuyper on Luther: It has, on account of its exclusive love of things eternal, been backward in the fulfillment of its temporal duties.

Luther can be interpreted without Calvin, but not Calvin without Luther.

Lectures on Calvinism

kuuyper Now this wide, comprehensive, cosmical meaning of the gospel has been apprehended by Calbinism, apprehended not as a result of a dialectic process, but of the deep impression of God’s majesty, which had moulded his personal life. This is the doctrine of Election. Kuyper beschrijft het ontstaan van de leer van Johannes Calvijn, en betrekt meerdere denkers zoals Luther en Erasmus daarbij. From the original existence of one man and one woman monogamy comes forth.

Only that which they recommended instead of it, bears no better stamp.