Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)

We seek to offer Christian insights into the pressing issues of the day from a uniquely Kuyperian viewpoint that seeks to exalt the Christian principle above all others.

Kuyperian Commentary begins with two central presuppositions: First, we are worshipping beings (homo adorans). Our identity is first and foremost a Trinitarian identity. We are worshippers of the God who is Three and One, and that worship shapes us as thinkers and doers. We are Churchmen who are loyal to Christ, the head of the Church. Second, we believe that the federal government has grown to an uncontrollable size, and thus abandoned its constitutional goal and biblical purpose. It has abandoned its constitutional goal by forsaking its Constitutional principles, and it has abandoned its biblical purpose by forsaking its Lord.

We reject the libertine or non-Christian forms of the libertarian movement. We believe that morality is transcendent, and not subject to change. An example of this is the abortion industry with its vicious attack on the God who is life-affirming. We further believe in a humble foreign policy. We believe that the Augustinian just war theory is not to be overlooked as archaic simply because we consider ourselves to be enlightened 21st century scholars. The “War on Terror” ought not to be a justification for every form and means of attack to accomplish our goals. Our adventures around the world have contributed to what scholar Chalmers Johnson referred to as “blowback.” Foreign policy deserves significant attention, and we hope to offer helpful commentary.

We hope to theologize often. The writers share similar theological commitments, which facilitate the unity of our message. We do not pretend to offer perfect solutions, or the most well-crafted critiques of systems, but rather to offer an alternative vision that is biblically consistent and faithful to the wisdom of our forefathers.

Why Abraham Kuyper?

Abraham Kuyper was a 19th century theological and political figure. His interests were broad. He was not merely satisfied with the intellectualization of ideas, but also the implementation of ideas. He was known as the “theologian of the people.” His time as a pastor gave him a unique sense of the needs of the people. Kuyper defended a localist vision. He knew that significant change did not begin at the top, but at the local level. Further, he opposed the vicious totalitarian tendencies of his culture. He even began his own political party as a way of combating these dangerous threats. Thus, in more ways than one, Kuyper represents a moral libertarian vision; a vision which is also compatible with traditional conservatism.

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