I first heard about Abraham Kuyper through studying worldviews and apologetics. I cannot remember where I first heard his name, but as noted before, his name has a habit of popping up in footnotes and introductory chapters. A few years ago, I finally got a hold of Lectures on Calvinism, and experienced Kuyper in his own words. While looking up Christian philosophers while in college, I came across an essay chronicling the three different branches of Christian philosophical thought that all have their roots in none other than Abraham Kuyper. Kuyper was a visionary who saw and understood the rising conflict between Christianity and modernism. While liberalism did not begin affecting American life and culture in full force until the 20th Century, Kuyper lead the fight in Holland against liberalism at the end of the 19th Century. More than just understanding the scope of the war, Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism are evidence that he could effectively communicate that understanding as well. More than just sitting in an armchair as an academic, Kuyper’s life bears witness that he truly believed all spheres of life belong to Christ, as he personally interacted with more than a few of these spheres (at the same time, no less).
For this reason alone, Kuyper is worth studying and learning from. I hope that as a result of this little introduction to Kuyper, you will be interested in reading more about this giant of the Faith and inspired to follow his example by involving yourself in ever sphere of life.
Abraham Kuyper: Part II, Part III, Part IV.