The First Part of Abraham Kuyper’s ‘Common Grace’ is Now Available in English
November 25, 2013
The first in a series of English translations of Abraham Kuyper’s most famous work, Common Grace, is now available from Christian’s Library Press. This new translation is for modern Christians who want to know more about their proper role in public life and the vastness of the gospel message. This work is a result of a collaborative project between the Acton Institute and Kuyper College.
Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) is one of the most prominent figures in the history of the Netherlands as well as Protestant theology. Though beginning in the parish ministry, he moved on to become editor of two Christian periodicals, founded the first Dutch political party, established a Christian university—the Free University in Amsterdam, and made significant contribution to the formulation and understanding of the doctrine of “common grace” which Kuyper called “the root conviction for all Reformed people.” He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.
Common Grace (De gemeene gratie) was originally published in 1901-1905 while Kuyper was prime minister. The three volume work is the capstone of his practical public theology based on a series of newspaper editorials he wrote to help lay people in their everyday lives.
Volume 1: The Historical Section offers Kuyper’s insights about God’s plan and mercies in the context of salvation history as recorded in Scripture. Kuyper argued that “the fixed historical starting point for the doctrine of common grace lies in God’s establishment of a covenant with Noah, after the flood.” Part 1: Noah–Adam has been released today and the remaining two parts Temptation–Babel and Abraham–Parousia will be available by Fall 2014. The remaining volumes will be available in 2014 and 2015. Each work in the series will be available in print as well as eBook formats. ‘The Historical Section’ will be launched at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Baltimore from November 19-21.
Commenting on the impact of Kuyper on today’s Christian thought, Chuck Colson, the late founder of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview once said: “Abraham Kuyper was a profound theologian, an encyclopedic thinker, and a deeply spiritual man who believed that it is the believer’s task ‘to know God in all his works.’ In a day when secular science is seeking to establish hegemony over all knowing, and when postmodern art is threatening to bring an end to art, Kuyper’s solid, biblical insights can help to restore perspective and sanity to these two critical areas of human life.”
The Abraham Kuyper Translation Society, together with Acton Institute and Kuyper College, gratefully acknowledges the financial support and leadership received from Calvin College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service at Dordt College in the translation of Abraham Kuyper’s seminal three-volume work on common grace (De gemeene gratie).