Lectures on Calvinism [Abraham Kuyper] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Kuyper presents Calvinism as a life-system of comprehensive. Lectures on Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper. PAPERBACK; Published: 10/4/ ISBN: Price: $ Pages. Trim Size, in inches: X . 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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Roman Catholics can’t charge Calvinism with a failure to produce great music because they killed Goudimel in the St. Now this wide, comprehensive, cosmical meaning of the gospel has been apprehended by Calvin, apprehended not as a result of a dialectic calvinisj, but of the deep impression of God’s majesty, which had moulded his personal life. Thus all transcendent right in God, to which the oppressed lifted up his face, fails away.

Calvinism and Biblical theology are vastly different from the popish religion. Some of the content flew straight over my head while some of it was really, really great. Aug 15, Vincent added calvimism. Chuck Colson recommended this book in an interview.

Do read it and if you don’t maybe the lesson here is not to become a better Calvinist, but to become the kind of Christian who lives life with deep convictions about God, man, and the world. There was only one Church of Christ on earth, and it was the task of the Magistrate to protect that Church from schisms, heresies and sects. For just in proportion as it honored the authority of the magistrate, instituted by God, did it lift up that second sovereignty, which had been implanted by God in the social spheres, in accordance with the ordinances of creation.

This made my study much more frustrating and much less enjoyable. Nor can a group of men, by contract, from their own right, compel you to obey a fellow-man.


Results have shown that, even after the lapse of three centuries, in all distinctively Roman Catholic countries, even in the South American Republics, the Roman Catholic church is and remains the State Church, precisely as does the Lutheran Church in Lutheran countries. This question is unintelligble for those who refuse to view time in the light of eternity, and who are accustomed to think of this earth without organic and moral connection with the life to come.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand not Calvinism but the Protestant conception of the world at its best.

The Calvinist upholds the highest and best in our aspirations by placing every man and kuyped people before the face of our Father in heaven.

Thus one comes from the individual man to the many men; and in those many men conceived as the people, there is thus hidden the deepest fountain of all sovereignty.

He takes cognizance of the fact of sin, which erstwhile was juggled away inand which now, in pessimistic extravagance, is accounted the essence of our being. This classic expression of the Reformed faith offers six lectures on Calvinism.

They have to restrain blasphemy, where it directly assumes the character of an affront to the Divine Majesty. For God created the nations. True, sin here also has exerted its disturbing influence and has distorted much which was intended for a blessing into a curse.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The historic development of a people shows, as a matter of course, in what other ways authority is bestowed. For it is true that, in Roman lands, spiritual and political despotism have been finally vanquished by the French Revolution, and that in so far we have gratefully to acknowledge that this revolution also began by promoting the cause of liberty.

Whenever different spheres clash, to compel mutual regard for the boundary-lines of each; 2. A Bit long but hang in there.

Lectures on Calvinism

Neither bar of justice nor police, nor army, nor navy, is conceivable in a world without sin; and thus every rule and ordinance and law would drop away, even as all control and assertion of the power of the magistrate would disappear, were life to develop itself, normally and without hindrance, from its own organic impulse. And this authority of government is exercised by sinful men, and is therefore subject to all manner of despotic ambitions. If on the morrow it fixes the very opposite, this also must be right.


The kingdom cwlvinism that defines the magisterially reformation, as well as men like Kuyper. It has, on account of its exclusive love of things eternal, been backward in the calvinlsm of its temporal duties. A dualistic conception of regeneration was the cause of the rupture between the life of nature and the life of grace.

And this mediatorship could be con- firmed not by us, but only from the side of God, by the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit in the heart of the regenerated. Her position in the State is not assigned her. Hence it is that the Calvinists have always struggled so proudly and courageously for the liberty, that is to say, for the sovereignty, of the Church, within her own sphere, in distinction from the Lutheran theologians.

And the only difference of opinion is yet on the important question whether we shall continue in the now prevailing solution of the special rights of those social spheres in the individual right of franchise; or whether it is desirable to place by its side a corporative right of franchise, which shall enable the different circles to make a separate defence. Our fathers perceived excellently well that it was just these three,— Dancing, Card-playing, and Theatres, — with which the world was madly in love.

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