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Title: Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction
Author: Mouw, Richard J
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2011
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802866035
Volumes: 1; Pages: 148
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Richard Mouw was first drawn to Abraham Kuyper's writings about public life in the turbulent 1960s. As he struggled to find the right Christian attitude toward big social issues such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, Mouw discovered Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism - and, with it, the robust vision of active Christian involvement in public life that has guided him ever since.In this 'short and personal introduction' Mouw sets forth one by one Kuyper's main ideas on Christian cultural discipleship, including his sometimes-misunderstood views on sphere sovereignty, the antithesis, common grace, and more. Mouw looks at ways to update - and, in some places, even correct - Kuyper's thought as he applies it to such twenty-first-century issues as ecumenism, religious and cultural pluralism, charismatic movements, and the pressing need to develop a theology of technology."I have written this short and personal introduction to Kuyper because I am convinced his voice continues to speak in important ways. . . . Evangelicals have been a prominent presence in public life in recent years, but we have not been known for having a coherent theological-philosophical perspective on our efforts to influence the policies and practices of the larger society. Kuyper can be an important guide in this regard. . . . Almost a century after his passing, he still has some vital insights to offer about Christian cultural and political discipleship."- from introductionTable of Contents IntroductionSection OneKuyper on Theology and Culture: An OverviewKuyper's Calvinism"Filling the Earth"Celebrating Many-nessThe SpheresCultural "Dykes and Dams""Placing" Kuyper PoliticallyA Third WaySpheres in the Bible?Politics and CreationThe Church's PlaceThe AntithesisGod's "Excellent Gifts"Section TwoKuyper for the Twenty-First CenturyKuyperian AggiornamentoRace: Adding Another "Neo"Kuyper for EvangelicalsWorld-ViewingWill the Bell Still Toll?Enhancing the Church's RoleNurturing Cultural PatienceBeyond 'Christendom'When Spheres 'Shrink'The Challenge of IslamA Kuyperianism "Under the Cross"