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New PDF release: Abraham Kuyper, Conservatism, and Church and State

By Mark J. Larson

scholars of Reformed theology realize that Abraham Kuyper used to be one of many superior theologians of the final centuries. He was once additionally a extraordinary flesh presser, founding the Antirevolutionary social gathering and serving as a member of the Dutch Parliament and at last changing into leading minister of the Netherlands. He produced a physique of neo-Calvinist political idea that has enduring worth for the political engagement of the Christian group in our time. His political concept stands in continuity with John Calvin's doctrine of the church and social reformation, while the present James Madison's instructing on church and nation impacted it. whereas modern Kuyperians now and then mirror a leftward political orientation, Kuyper used to be a champion of political conservatism who stood within the trajectory of basic conservative ideas affirmed through Edmund Burke and extra lately through Ronald Reagan. He believed that the conservative emphasis upon usual legislations, the necessity for restricted executive, and the significance of freedom was once rooted in biblical revelation and was once hence legitimate for all international locations in any respect times.

"This primer on political conservatism is a reappraisal of the well-known Neo-Kuyperian interpretation of Abraham Kuyper. . . . whereas in all likelihood troubling to leftward leaning Neo-Kuyperians, Larson argues for a company highbrow bond among the towering Dutch statesman-theologian and extraordinary political conservatives corresponding to Edmund Burke, James Madison, Ronald Reagan, or even leader Justice Roy Moore. [This publication] is a helpful learn as Kuyper speaks into the din of the arguable sphere of public theology."
--Peter A. Lillback, President, Westminster Theological Seminary, President, The windfall Forum

"In this crucial ebook, Mark Larson demonstrates that Kuyper's political inspiration is a fecund vein of political concept upon which American conservatives can draw. He argues convincingly that Kuyper's political notion is . . . exemplary in its advertising of spiritual liberty and church disestablishment, and permits the church to withstand governmental tyranny of any form, together with modern judicial usurpation. Larson demonstrates that Kuyper's notion has enduring worth for modern Christian political engagement. hugely recommended."
--Bruce Ashford, affiliate Professor of Theology and tradition, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mark J. Larson majored in religious study at Cedarville collage and Baptist Bible institution of Theology. He studied political concept and diplomacy at Regent college. He earned a ThM in systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and a PhD in ancient theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.

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