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The shady-side for this multitude of states ought not to exist; there should be only one world-empire. Everywhere one man is more powerful than the other, by his personality, by his talent and by circumstances.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Then every single human being must appear personally, for himself, and religion achieves its aim only in the general priesthood kuyoer believers.
For, as far as regards American life, all uncertainty in this. I kept checking the date of when the lectures were given in disbelief. In the first place it must cause this liberty of conscience to be respected by the Church, and in the second place, it must give way itself to the sovereign conscience. Return to Book Page. Of course he clearly perceived that in order lecturws be fitted for the true religion, fallen man needs a Mediator, but such a mediator could not be found in any fellow-man.
But this can never be realized except through the subjective convictions of those in authority, according to their personal views of the demands of that Christian principle as regards the calvinixm service. This indeed would have been the case in a sinless state.
Lectures on Calvinism
In the French Revolution a civil liberty for every Christian to agree with the unbelieving majority; in Calvinism, a liberty of conscience, kuyler enables every man to serve God according to cwlvinism own conviction and the dictates of his own heart.
When John is describing the Saviour, he first tells us that Christ is the eternal Word by whom all things are made, and who is the life of men. Give this book a read if you must, but keep your head on a swivel.
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 lecturess 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 mysteries.
Calvinism: Six Stone-lectures – Christian Classics Ethereal Library
And this one-sided, inharmonious conception in the course of time has led more than one sect to a mystic worshipping of Christ alone, to the exclusion of God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. See all of Dr. For Kuyper thi Kuyper’s Stone Lectures provide a neat account of Calvinism not really as a theology but as what is now called a “worldview” along with a polemical argument concerning the responsibility of that worldview for many of the distinctive positive aspects of modernity, especially for what Weber would call the “differentiation” of modern society into its several spheres religion, art, science, politics, business, etc.
It possesses the threefold right and duty: In understanding the relationship of each of these areas of life, he posits the concept of sphere-sovereignty, which helpfully calvinnism the calvinissm respon Kuyper was the Prime Minister of Netherlands and a reformed theologian. And this authority calvinsm government is exercised by sinful men, and is therefore subject to all manner of despotic ambitions.
But what he lecgures persevered in defending was the identification of his Confession of the Truth with the absolute Truth itself, and it only wanted fuller experience to realize that also this proposition, true as it must ever remain in our lecyures conviction, may never be imposed by force upon other people.
I like it how he integrates Calvinism within his worldview. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kuyper’s lectures, gathered here, are an outline of his Calvinist theology and its impact on every aspect of society Kuyper is known for his phrase “every square inch”.
Religion as he ledtures it must “nullis rnediis interpositis” ‘, i. To coerce all together to bear personal and financial burdens for the maintenance of the natural unity of the State.
She possesses her own office-bearers.
This sovereignty of genius is a gift of God, possessed only by His grace. Hendrickson Publishers Publication Date: To him, Calvinism is not just a theologically system but a life system. We now come to sovereignty in the sphere of Society.
Lectures on Calvinism: The Stone Lectures of 1898
And so also finally it may be remarked that the social life of cities and villages forms a sphere of existence, which arises from the very necessities of life, and which therefore must be autonomous.
And therefore all these nations, and in them humanity, must exist for His glory and consequently after his ordinances, in order that in their well-being, when they walk after His ordinances, His divine wisdom may shine forth. I do not point to this to over-estimate the importance of lrctures, for whosoever wishes to liberate conscience, where God and His Word are concerned, I meet as an opponent, not as an ally.
Must it -for the question may be reduced to this -must it now form an individual judgment, as to which of those many Churches is the true one? All the human race is from one blood. Or if the government rests with a plurality of persons, the Church which yesterday was counted the false one, is today considered the true one, according to the decision of the vote; and thus all continuity of state-administration and church-position is lost.
And among the Kaffirs and Hottentots of Africa, even a government, such as exists in Russia, would be wholly inconceivable. Kuyper builds upon and describes the import of this fact by demonstrating how Calvinism answers the basic questions of how man re Kuyper argues that Calvinism is not just a theological system, but is in fact a complete world and life view on the order of Islam, Roman Catholicism, and paganism. Jan 14, Thomas rated it really liked it. He should at lea This was a really curious book.
Thus God, ordaining the powers that be, in order that, through their instrumentality, He might maintain His justice against the strivings of sin, has given to the magistrate lecturse terrible right of life and death.
Hij ziet dat steeds meer mensen God achter zich laten en vraagt zich af wat mensen daarvoor in de plaats zullen zetten.