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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Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures

Now, these three, consciousness of sin, certainty of faith and the testimony of the Holy Spirit, are constituent elements in the consciousness of kkyper Calvinist.

A good read, I would recommend this to most Christians. One glorious page from the history of Calvinism may suffice to prove the fact, before we enter more fully upon the discussion of the incentive to scientific investigation found in Calvinism as such.

I am no longer afraid of being called a Calvinist! Kuyper beschrijft het ontstaan van de leer van Johannes Calvijn, en betrekt meerdere denkers zoals Luther en Erasmus daarbij. Certainly our salvation is of substantial weight, but it cannot be compared with the much greater weight of the glory of our God, Who has revealed His majesty in His wondrous creation.

He then goes on to discuss a Calvinistic history and perspective on religion, politics, science, art, and the future. If it is normal, then it moves by means of an eternal evolution from its potencies to its ideal. I suppose I really enjoyed finding cultural roots in the book. But it is a fact that the more thorough development of science in our age has almost unanimously decided in favor of Calvinism with regard to the antithesis between the unity and stability of God’s decree, which Calvinism professes, and the superficiality and looseness, which the Arminians preferred.

Plutonists and Neptunists, Darwinists and anti-Darwinists compete with one another in the natural sciences. To ask other readers questions about Lectures on Calvinismplease sign up.

Every man may then choose and act every moment in a certain way, but it is also possible that he may do just the reverse. If we were forced to choose between the beautiful cosmic taste of Greece with its blindness for things eternal, and the middle ages with their blindness for cosmical things, but with their mystic love for Christ, then certainly every child of God on his death-bed would tender ccalvinism palm to Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas rather than to Heraclitus and Aristotle.


At that time the world is once more fully enjoyed, before one enters upon the Caro vale, but after the Carnival, in order to save the ideal, follows, for a short lecturres, spiritual elevation into the lecctures spheres of life. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Jun 28, Edgar Soltero-flores rated it liked it. In his heart, rather than in the heart of Calvin, was the bitter conflict fought which led to the world-historic breach. He must give us the religious disposition, nothing being left to us but the power to give form and expression to the deep religious sentiment which He, Himself, stirred in the depth of our heart.

Lectures on Calvinism

And this one-sided, inharmonious conception in the course of time has led more than one sect to a mystic worshipping of Christ alone, to the exclusion of God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. 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 world on fire; and therefore she considered herself justified and in duty bound to quench this fire and to extinguish these flames.

Lombroso, and his entire school of criminalists, place themselves on record in this respect as moving on Calvinistic lines. Published October 4th by Eerdmans first published But it was just as natural for Pope and Caesar, who had partitioned among themselves the entire domain of life, to watch with suspicion the growth of a third, entirely independent power, and to try everything in order to subject the universities to their rule. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Lectures on Calvinism

But notwithstanding all this I assert and maintain that the one Aristotle knew more of the cosmos than all the church- fathers taken together; that under the dominion of Islam, better cosmic science flourished than in the cathedral- and monastic-schools of Europe; that the recovery of the writings of Aristotle was the first incentive to renewed though rather deficient study; and that Calvinism alone, by means of its dominating principle, which constantly urges us to go back from the Cross to Creation, and no less by means of its doctrine of common grace, threw open again to science the vast field of the cosmos, now illumined by the Sun of Righteousness, of.


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. He who reads an account of the massacres of St. Kuyper’s lectures, gathered here, are an outline of his Calvinist theology and its impact on every aspect of society Kuyper is known for his phrase “every square inch”.

In the one the consciousness of sin is very powerful and strong, in the other it is either feeble or entirely wanting. Not because of any hatred against priests, as such, not because of any undervaluing of the saints, nor underestimating the significance of angels, but solely because Calvin felt bound to vindicate the essence of religion and the glory of God in that essence, and absolutely devoid of all yielding or wavering, he waged war, with holy indignation, against everything that interposed itself between the Soul and God.

This is a difficult but illuminating read. So the sovereignty of Christ remains absolutely monarchical, but the government of the Church on earth becomes democratic to its bones and marrow; a system leading logically to this other sequence, that all believers and all congregations being of an equal standing, no Church may exercise any dominion over another, but that all Churches are of equal rank, and as manifestations of one and the same body, can only be united synodically, i.

These systems, divergent, if compared with each other, were however in perfect agreement in their denial of the abnormal. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He is still our advocate with the Father, but the hour is coining, when his prayer for us will cease, because we shall know, in that clay, that the Father loves us. There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: