Calvinism. Six Stone-lectures. Lectures on the L.P. Stone-foundation, Princeton . Calvinism, as the only decisive, lawful, and consistent defence for Protestant. The Stone Lectures on Calvinism. by Abraham Kuyper. CALVINISM. Six Lectures Delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton. by. Index. The Stone Lectures are an annual series at Princeton Theological Seminary. Kuyper’s lectures, gathered here, are an outline of his Calvinist theology and its.

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To have placed man on a footing of equality with man, so far as the purely human interests are concerned, is the immortal glory which incontestably belongs to Calvinism. Here the Church stands between God and the world, and so far as it was able to adopt the world and to inspire it, Romanism also created a form of its own for human society.

The human heart had attained unto eternal peace with its God: Without doubt this practice would have been most severely criticized by Calvin himself. Hence we must first ask what are calviniem required conditions for such general systems of life, as Paganism, Islamism, Romanism and Modernism, and then show that Calvinism really fulfills these conditions.

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The domain of Calvinism is indeed far broader than the narrow confessional interpretation would lead us to suppose. The fact that in a given circle Calvinism has formed an interpretation of life quite its own, from which both in the spiritual and secular domain a special system arose for domestic and social life, justifies its claim to assert itself as an independent formation.

In Amsterdam he was defeated by Johannes Tak van Poortvliet. InKuyper became kuypr doctor at the Delft University of Technology. Under Louis XIV, Romanism arrested sotne higher development in France, but only that in the French Revolution it might exhibit a ghastly caricature of Calvinism, which in its sad consequences broke the inner strength of France as a nation, and weakened its international calvonism.

Of all the developments of Christianity, Calvinism and the Church of Rome alone bear the stamp of an absolute religion.

Romanism, taking root in Christian soil, overcomes the absolute character of distinction, and renders it relative, in order to interpret every relation of man to man hierarchically.

To this I reply in the negative.

Thus notice I was not too bold when I claimed for Calvinism the honor of being neither an ecclesiastical, nor a theological, nor a sectarian conception, but one of the principal phases in the general development of our human race; and among these the youngest, whose high calling still is to influence the further course of human life. And this powerful life-system is not to be invented nor formulated by ourselves, but is to be taken and applied as it presents itself in history.

In its deepest logic Calvinism had already been apprehended by Augustine; had, long before Augustine, been proclaimed to the City of the seven hills by the Apostle in his Epistle to the Romans; and from Paul goes back to Israel and its prophets, yea to the tents of the patriarchs.


He therefore used the literal translation view of the worldnotwithstanding this phrase in English is limited by associations, which connect it predominatingly with physical nature. This accounts for the fact that among Protestant nations Pantheism, born from the new German Philosophy and owing its concrete evolution-form to Darwin, claims for itself more and more the supremacy in every sphere of human life, even in that of theology, and under all sorts of names tries to overthrow our Christian traditions, and is bent even upon exchanging the heritage of our fathers for a hopeless modern Buddhism.

The Church consisted not in an office, nor in an independent institute, the believers themselves were the Church, inasmuch as by faith they stood in touch with the Almighty.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Of Paganism it can be said in general, that it places too high an estimate upon the world, and therefore to some extent it both stands in fear of, and loses itself in it. There, caalvinism Christian-National conception, centred upon the identification of the Afrikaner Calvinist community calvinis the kern der natie became a rallying position for the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk.

Inhe came under heavy criticism in the so-called decorations affairs lintjeszaak.

Inhe left the Dutch Reformed Church, with a large group of followers. He opposed the liberal tendencies within the Dutch Reformed Church. As previously stated, there are three principal elements with which you come into touch: Clearness of presentation demands that in this first lecture I begin by fixing the conception of Calvinism historically. Now, these differences are in a special way weakened or accentuated by every consistent life system, and Paganism and Islamism, Romanism as well as Modernism, and so also Calvinism have all taken their stand in this question in accordance with their primordial principle.

To praise God in the Church and serve Him in the world became the inspiring impulse, and, in the Church, strength was to be gathered by which to resist temptation and sin in the world.

They refused him support. Thus here also it indicates in some way a confessional difference, but is applied as the name for special church denominations. This was appealed to the provincial synod, which upheld the ruling in a 1 July ruling.

A government, as you yourselves experienced of late in the case of Spun, that recalls its ambassador and breaks every regular intercourse with another power, declares thereby that its relation to the government of that country is a strained relation which generally ends in war. In his heart, rather than in the heart of Calvin, was the bitter 20 conflict fought which led to the world historic breach. Christian democracy portal Politics portal.


In the life of the nations also there is development from the underage period to that of maturity. And for our relation to the world: And if, speaking precisely, you should co-ordinate Christianity and not Calvinism with Paganism and Islamism, it is nevertheless better to place Calvinism in line with them, because Calvinism claims to embody the Christian idea more purely and accurately than could Romanism and Lutheranism.

Inat the age of 83 Kuyper died in The Hague and was buried amid great public attention.

But this of course very really implied a fundamental and special interpretation of our relation stoone God. Even as in its early stage Christianity did not abolish slavery, but undermined it by a moral judgment, so Calvinism allowed the provisional continuance of the conditions kuyped hierarchy and aristocracy as traditions belonging to the Middle Ages.

By this unity of conception alone as given in Calvinism, you in America and we in Europe might be enabled once more to take our stand, by the side of Romanism, in opposition to 16 modern Pantheism. This was no outcome of envy. Readers familiar with this tradition will appreciate these six foundational lectures. As well as Kuyper’s profound influence upon European Christian-Democrat politics up to the present, his political theology was also crucial in the history of South Africa.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The portfolio of home affairs at the time was very broad: With the two other groups a twofold phenomenon presents itself. These churches had earlier broken off from the Dutch Reformed Church. This would not have been the case, if Calvinism had entered life as a well constructed system, and had presented itself as an outcome of study.

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”. Even the Baptists applied for shelter at the tents of the Calvinists. Everything outside the Church was under the clavinism of demons, and exorcism banished this demoniacal power from everything that came under the protection, influence and inspiration of the Church. Starting therefore from the current use of the term, I find that this is by no means the same in different countries and in different spheres of life.

Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures

This article is about the Dutch Calvinist movement. Old Europe calvjnism even now the bearer of a longer historical past, and therefore stands before us as a tree rooted more deeply, hiding between its leaves some more matured fruits of life.

He also served as minister of Home Affairs.