The Relevance of Neo-Calvinism for Church and Theology

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Neo-Calvinism is increasingly popular in the United States, but far less so in the Netherlands where it originated. Written from the context of the Free University (Vrije Universiteit) founded by Abraham Kuyper, this article presents six elements of Neo-Calvinism which together establish it as an important and relevant worldview for our time. The first is that it attempts to create a 'priestly' connection between gospel and culture. Next there are Neo-Calvinism's notion of the sovereignty of God, its conviction that humans are elected to something, and its belief that this world - even in its fallen state - is and remains God's world. The last two elements are the trinitarian spread of its theology and the fact that it exercises the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-311
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Theology
Issue number2
Early online date5 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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  • Abraham Kuyper
  • Herman Bavinck
  • Neo-Calvinism
  • Priestly task
  • Prophetic task


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