Calvinism a Life System by Abraham Kuyper

Here are some great quotes from my study of Kuyper’s first lecture entitled: Calvinism A Life System.

11 -Two life systems are wrestling with one another, in mortal combat. Modernism is bound to build a world of its own from the data of the natural man, and to construct man himself from the data of nature; while on the other hand, all those who reverently bend the knee to Christ and worship Him as the Son of the Living God, and God himself, are bent upon saving the ‘Christian Heritage.’ (Kuyper, Abraham. Lectures on Calvinism. Grand Rapids: WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1931. pg. 11)

14-Calvinism is the highest form of development reached by the religion and political principle in the 16th century.

17 – …because Calvinism claims to embody the Christian idea more purely and accurately than would Romanism and Arminianism.

23 -Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theological character, while Calvinism put its impress in and outside the Church upon every department of human life. Hence Lutheranism is nowhere spoken of as the creator of a peculiar life-form; even the name of “Lutheranism” is hardly ever mentioned; while students of history with increasing unanimity recognize Calvinism as the creator of a world of human life entirely its own. Kuyper, Abraham. Lectures on Calvinism. Grand Rapids: WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1931. pg. 23

25 – Thanks to this work of God in the heart, the persuasion that the whole of a man’s life is to be lived as in the Divine Presence has become the fundamental thought of Calvinism. By this decisive idea, or rather by this mighty fact, it has allowed itself to be controlled in every department of its entire domain. It is from this mother-thought that the all-embracing life system of Calvinism sprang.

28 – Democracy

29 – Escape from the world was the counterpoise in monastic and partly even in clerical orders, which emphasized holiness in the centre of the Church in order to wink the more lightly at worldly excesses without. As a natural result the world corrupted the Church, and but lost dominion over the world the Church proved an obstacle to every free development of its life.

30 – Henceforth the curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight from the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God in the world.

38 – Calvinism had its rise with the people. ((Unlike Lutheranism))

38 – (Calvinism) meets every required condition for the advancement of human development to a higher stage.


About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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1 Response to Calvinism a Life System by Abraham Kuyper

  1. Scott says:

    Yeh. I saw that. McCain was acting like an idiot there. That was way uncalled for. I don’t know how Paul had the discipline to just quietly take it.

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