A journalist, a theologian, a pastor, a prime minister, few people can boast of having such dimensions to their careers! Yet such was the remarkable life of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), who played a major role in helping modern Christians to develop a consistently biblical and practical world-view, not only in his native country of the Netherlands, but throughout much of the world. All of life belongs to God. In Kuypers own words, No single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole doman of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine
James Edward McGoldrick
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This book provides an excellent summary of the life of one of the most important Christian theologians and statesmen of the last millennium. The ideas and principles he re-discovered and articulated continue to resonate in many fields throughout the west. The author provides a good summary of his life and convictions.
McGoldrick has given the church a valuable introduction for what one may hope to be a Kuyper revival. *God's Renaissance Man* may be a fitting title for the life and work of a politician, preacher, theologian, and journalist--areas where Kuyper could have easily set the standard. The book begins by giving his early life, his internal struggles with liberalism at college, his conversion to the Reformed Faith in his first pastorate, and the public battles in which he was the center for the rest of his life. The Parts that I found most interesting were the ones on his life at college (including his temporary loss of rational control, only to be regained by reading classic literature), his wars with liberalism, and his founding of a new denomination. McGoldrick either loses me, or attempts to cover too much too fast at the end of the book. Nevertheless, that did not mar the book at all, it just pointed the need for more work on Kuyper. Other interesting parts of the book show...
There is a very small number of biographies written about Abraham Kuyper. Yet this one has a much information about who Kuyper was and what he believed in. Abraham Kuyper was an interesting man. He was a writer, a theologian, an educator, a politican, and Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
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