On the Church

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by Abraham Kuyper
translated by Harry Van Dyke, Nelson D. Kloosterman, Todd M. Rester, & Arjen Vreugdenhil
volume edited by John Halsey Wood Jr. & Andrew M. McGinnis
edited by Melvin Flikkema & Jordan J. Ballor
with an introduction by Ad de Bruijne

As a theologian and pastor, Abraham Kuyper was greatly concerned about the state of the Dutch church in his time. As a politician and activist, he was equally concerned about the church’s role and influence in the modern world. 

On the Church contains seven of Kuyper’s most important essays and speeches on the nature of the church. These newly translated works show Kuyper’s conviction that Christians must take an active role in the world, a world upheld by God’s common grace but standing in need of God’s particular grace in Christ. Christians must neither hide within the doors of their church buildings nor give in to the temptation to be active in earthly institutions alone. 

An introductory essay by Ad de Bruijne answers how Kuyper’s doctrine of the church may be applied in the 21st century.

About the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology

Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) was one of the most extraordinary individuals of his time: the founder of a political party, a university, and a Reformed denomination, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and an incredibly prolific author on a dizzying array of subjects. Despite these accomplishments, his importance and contribution have not been widely recognized in North America.

Lexham Press is pleased to announce the publication of a major series of new translations of Kuyper’s writings in public theology. Created in partnership with the Abraham Kuyper Translation Society and the Acton Institute, the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology will mark a historic moment in Kuyper studies, and we hope it will deepen and enrich the church’s interest and engagement in public theology.

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