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Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat

Publisher’s Description

In this first full-scale English biography of Abraham Kuyper, the highly influential religious and political leader of Dutch Calvinists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, historian James D. Bratt draws connections between the life and thought of Kuyper and current debates in America today. Bratt’s study covers Kuyper’s early years, his development as a person, his various leadership roles and spheres of influence, and the considerable ongoing impact of his ideas. A convinced Calvinist and a distinctly modern public figure, Kuyper held a wide variety of roles over the course of his life—minister, newspaper editor, educational innovator, politician, religious reformer, and prime minister of the Netherlands (1901–1905). Kuyper’s life demonstrates how devotees of any faith can carry on a responsible public life in contention—and concert—with people of other convictions.

Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat

Dr. James Bratt speaks about Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat (Eerdmans). Dr. Bratt places Kuyper in historical context and clarifies Kuyper’s thought and life for current reflection on theology and politics.

Dr. Bratt teaches history at Calvin College, blogs, and has edited and authored a number of books, including Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader and By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History.

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