© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/187124108X354330 CHRC 88 . 2 ( 2008 ) 235 – 250 Church History and Religious Culture www.brill.nl/chrc Neo-Calvinist Culture Protestantism: Abraham Kuyper’s Stone Lectures 1 Arie L. Molendijk Abstract The article addresses Kuyper’s re-interpretation of Calvinism, which allegedly combined the richness of its tradition with an endorsement of modern principles and ways of life (except for gambling, theater going, and some other minor activities). Yet the acceptance of the modern way of life did not mean secularism; on the contrary, according to Kuyper Calvinism in itself was a modern principle, which could – against the prevailing powers of a secularizing modernity – penetrate society as a whole. Keywords Abraham Kuyper, Calvinism, Neo-Calvinism, Modernity, Culture Protestantism 1 . Introduction Abraham Kuyper ( 1837 – 1920 ) is probably the most influential Dutch politician and theologian of the modern era. His strong engagement in church a ﬀ airs led to a decisive break in Dutch Protestantism, which was healed only a couple of years ago by the re-unification of the churches that were split in the Doleantie 1) An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Department of Religious Studies of
Church History and Religious Culture (formerly Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: NEO-CALVINISM; CALVINISM; ABRAHAM KUYPER; MODERNITY; CULTURE PROTESTANTISM
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