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Neither Individualism Nor Statism

Kuyper on Christian Concern for Laborers

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Christians, then, have not only a heavenly and spiritual calling, but also a calling to what later Calvinists called "the cultural mandate."

Abraham Kuyper (1837-1921) was one of the most remarkable Christian thinkers of the modern era. Though reared in the home of a Dutch Reformed minister, he did not experience a conversion to orthodox Calvinism until he was a minister himself. His work and thought then consciously flowed out of that orthodox commitment. Yet his thinking was much broader than theology and the church. Kuyper deliberately related Calvinism to the modern world, showing great creativity and sympathy for the distinctive character of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.


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1 [ Back ] Cited from Abraham Kuyper, Christianity and the Class Struggle, translated by Dirk Jellema (Grand Rapids: Piet Hein Publishers, 1950), 14. All citations are to this article.
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W. Robert Godfrey is professor of church history and president of Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California).

Issue: "By the Sweat of Our Brow" May/June 1999 Vol. 8 No. 3 Page number(s): 21-24

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