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Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures

The principal characteristic of government is the right of life and death. Indignation at abuses, which had crept in? Since that day this system had been defended by all Romish theologians and applied by all Christian princes.

In all this there is nothing mechanical. Parts of the book are dated, after all, they are lectures to a specific time and place Princeton but most of his main points are for any generation.

Now we find that in all non-Christian religions, without any exception, human intercessors are deemed necessary, and in the domain of Christianity itself the intercessor intruded again upon the scene, in the saints of the cloisters, in the Blessed Virgin, in the host of angels, and in the priestly hierarchy of the clergy; and although Luther took the field against all priestly mediation, vet the church which is called by his name, renewed by its title of “eclesia docens” the office of mediator and steward of lectuers.

He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between and She possesses her own office-bearers. The State was considered as a mysterious being, with a hidden ego; with a State-consciousness, slowly developing; and with an increasing potent State-will, which by a slow process.

But whether you are dealing with the will of a single individual, or with the will of many men, in a decision arrived lecturez by a vote, the principal thing remains that the government has to judge and to decide independently. So much for the facts.

The Sovereignty in the Church. Incredible introduction to Calvinism not just as theology, but as the root of a philosophical, political, scientific, and artistic perspective as well.

The consequence of all this is levtures on the one hand. Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theolo- gical character, while Calvinism put calviniism impress in and outside the church upon every department of human life.

Free-love may try to dissolve, and the concubinate to desecrate, the holiest tie, as it pleases; but, for the vast majority of our race, marriage remains the foundation of human society and the family retains its position as the primordial sphere in sociology. I was amazed by how many points Kuyper raises that I thought were more recent ideas. In Calviinism also it taught us that the human element -here the people -may not be considered as the principal thing, so that God is only dragged in to help this people in the hour of its need; but on the contrary that God, in His Majesty, must flame before the eyes of every nation, and that all nations together are to be reckoned before Him as a drop in a bucket and as the small dust of the balances.


Quotes from Lectures kkuyper Calvi Christendom, it must be confessed, did not escape this error. Community Blog Partners Facebook Twitter. This need of the personal liberty of conscience, however, does not immediately assert itself.

Unity of religion has great value for the life of a people and not a little charm. When therefore humanity falls apart through sin, in a multiplicity of separate peoples; when sin, in the bosom of these nations, separates men and tears them apart, and when sin reveals itself in all manner of shame and unrighteousness -the glory of God kyper that these horrors be bridled, that order return to this chaos, and that a compulsory force, from without, assert itself to make human society a possibility.

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It is the will of man which determines all things. Thirdly, religion is not partial but universal: Moreover in all Lutheran countries the Reformation originated from the princes rather than from the people, and thereby passed under the power of the magistrate, who took his stand in the Church officially as her “summus episcopus”, and therefore was unable to change either the social or the political life in accordance with its principle.

Een belangrijk punt is dat het Calvinisme parallel aan het humanisme opbloeide. She has her own organization. Both these theories are at heart identical, but for the sake of clearness they demand a separate treatment.

Thereby of course Kuper puts an end once and for all to contempt for the world, neglect of temporal and under-valuation of cosmical things.

For here lies the solution of the. This bestowal may flow from the right of inheritance, as in a hereditary monarchy.

Hij ziet dat steeds meer mensen God achter zich laten en vraagt zich af wat mensen daarvoor in de plaats zullen zetten. Cxlvinism this very reason, they recognized, in these three, the Rubicon which no true Calvinist could cross without sacrificing his earnestness to dangerous mirth, and the fear of the Lord to often far from spotless pleasures.


So I didn’t like it. Some of the content flew straight over my head while some of it was really, really great. This is a difficult but illuminating read.

A Bit long but hang in there. By these organs the will of the State operates, and everything must bow before this will.

Lectures on Calvinism

Kuyper’s cosmic focus on the restoration of all things in Jesus helps detract calvinjsm the caricatured Calvinism of individualistic soteriological narrowness and dualism. In any case I am interested in further exploring Kuyper’s conception of sphere sovereignty. This dominating principle was not, soteriologically, justification by faith, but, in the widest sense cosmologically, the Sovereignty of the Triune God over the whole Cosmos, in all its spheres and kingdoms, visible and invisible.

And as regards blasphemy, the right of the magistrate to restrain it rests in the God-consciousness innate in every man; and the duty to exercise this right flows from the fact that God is the Supreme and Sovereign Ruler over every Lecfures and over every Nation.

For both by Urim and Thummim and by Prophecy; both by His saving miracles, and by His chastising judgments, He held in His own hand the jurisdiction and the leadership of His people.

All in all, while this book can be technical at times and will be most fruitful for someone with knowledge of Reformed theology, it provides more than enough for people of any background to learn much. This view is often compared to the Catholic idea of subsidiarity, although it should be apparent that it has deep differences with that view in its most common formulations, since on Kuyper’s view the spheres of life are independent of lectutes another, which is antithetical to the view that authority ought to dwell as close to the bottom as possible, since this picture presupposes that the spheres are hierarchically related.

No wonder that scientific Germany has broken away from this fictitious sovereignty of the people, since the days of De Savigny and Niebuhr.

Now let us put the theory itself to the test and look successively at the duty of the magistrate in things spiritual: I kept checking the date of when the lectures were given in disbelief.