Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0960-2720
  • E-ISSN: 2666-9730



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.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


  1. Barth, Karl, Unterricht in der christlichen Religion, Band III. Die Lehre von der Versöhnung/Die Lehre von der Erlösung 1925/26, hrsg. von HinrichStoevesandt (Zürich: TVZ, 2003).
  2. Bavinck, Herman, Reformed Dogmatics, ed. John Bolt, transl. JohnVriend, four volumes (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003-2008).
  3. Bratt, James D., Abraham Kuyper. Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans2013).
  4. Brinkman, Martien E., De theologie van Karl Barth: Dynamo of dynamiet voor christelijk handelen (Baarn: Ten Have, 1983).
  5. Calvin, John, Mosis reliqui libri quatuor in formam harmoniae, Calvini Opera XXIV, in Joannis Calvini opera quae supersunt omnia, edd. EdouardCunitz, Johann-WilhelmBaum and EduardW.E. Reuss (Brunsvigae: Schwetschke, 1863).
    [Google Scholar]
  6. de Liagre Böhl, Herman, Miskotte. Theoloog in de branding, 1894-1976 (Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2016).
  7. Ekris, C.M.A. van, Making See. A Grounded Theory on the Prophetic Dimension of Preaching (Zürich/Berlin: LIT, 2018).
  8. Eglinton, James, and GeorgeHarinck (eds), Neo-Calvinism and the French Revolution (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).
  9. Jenson, Robert W., Systematic Theology I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
  10. Kaemingk, Matthew, Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans2018).
  11. Kaemingk, Matthew, and Cory B.Willson, Work and Worship. Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020).
  12. Koch, Jeroen, Abraham Kuyper. Een biografie (Amsterdam: Boom, 2007).
  13. Kooi, Cornelis van der, This Incredibly Benevolent Force. The Holy Spirit in Reformed Theology and Spirituality (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).
    [Google Scholar]
  14. Kooi, Cornelis van der, and Gijsbertvan den Brink, Christian Dogmatics. An Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017).
  15. Kuyper, Abraham, Onze Eredienst (Kampen: Kok, 1911); English Our Worship, transl. HarryBoonstra (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009).
  16. Kuyper, Abraham, Souvereiniteit in eigen kring. Rede ter inwijding van de Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam1880), now in AbrahamKuyper, ‘Sphere Sovereignty’ in JamesD. Bratt (ed.), Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998) 461-490.
    [Google Scholar]
  17. Kuyper, Kuyper, ‘Calvinism: Stronghold of our Civil Constitutional Liberties’ [1874] in James D.Bratt, Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998) 281-317.
  18. Mouw, Richard J., Abraham Kuyper. A Short and Personal Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).
  19. Mouw, Richard J., The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship. Essays in the Line of Abraham Kuyper (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012).
  20. Mouw, Richard J., Restless Faith. Holding Evangelical Beliefs in a World of Contested Labels (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2019).
  21. Mouw, Richard J., All that God Cares About. Common Grace and Divine Delight (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2020).
  22. Romein, Jan en Annie, Erflaters van onze beschaving. Nederlandse gestalten uit zes eeuwen (Amsterdam: Querido, 1956).
  23. Snel, Johan, De zeven levens van Abraham Kuyper. Portret van een ongrijpbaar staatsman, second edn (Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2020).
  24. Van den Brink, G., Reformed Theology and Evolutionary Theory (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans2020).
  25. Welker, M., God the Spirit (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994).
  26. Wolterstorff, Nicholas, Justice. Rights and Wrongs (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).
  27. Wolterstorff, Nicholas, Hearing the Call. Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).
  28. Wolterstorff, Nicholas, Journey toward Justice. Personal Encounters in the Global South (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error