In continuing our discussion at CredoCovenant on public theology, I took some time to write about the influence on Abraham Kuyper on Calvinist social thought. This particular article focuses on the concept of sphere sovereignty, which I think becomes more and more important based on the current trend of regarding the expansion of government authority and power. Enjoy!


Read the first six posts here, here, here, here, here, and here.


In our discussion of a Reformed Baptist perspective on public theology, we have recently been examining the Reformed confessions. In today’s article, we will begin our discussion of some more recent developments regarding Reformed perspectives of public theology. In our view, no modern discussion on Reformed public theology can be presented without discussing the contributions of Abraham Kuyper. By becoming familiar with Kuyper’s approach to public theology, readers should be in a position to evaluate the politics of writers like Francis Schaeffer, Tim LaHaye (and many of the members of the Christian Right movement), and Tim Keller – all of whom owe an intellectual debt to Kuyper.

As a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church and a leader in the first modern Dutch political party, the Anti-Revolutionary Party, Kuyper sought to re-create…

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