Abraham Kuyper was a Dutch Reformed theologian, pastor, statesman, and veritable Renaissance man. Check out this awesome profile by Justin Holcomb of him:
THEOLOGIAN FOR A NATION
Have you ever heard of a theologian being so well known that his birthday was a national holiday? The 19th-century Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper had such a great impact in the Netherlands that the entire nation celebrated his 70th birthday in 1907.
Kuyper was a man of many hats: statesman, politician, educator, preacher, churchman, theologian, and philosopher. He was a modern-day Renaissance man who participated in the cultural conversation of his day.
While Kuyper’s influence has been felt throughout the 20th century in the Dutch Calvinist branch of the Reformed church, his influence has been expanding as scholars continue to mine his writings for resources to deal with the challenges of a public theology for the contemporary world.
Abraham Kuyper was born to a middle-class pastor’s family in the remote fishing village of Maassluis, Netherlands, on October 29, 1837.
As a young boy, Abraham was thought to be a dull student. He began his early education from home. However, he went on to graduate with the highest honors from Leiden University, and he did his doctoral work in theology.
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