Princeton Theological Seminary
Kuyper Center Annual Conference 2015
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
April 16-18, 2015
Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) – Dutch pastor, theologian, journalist and
politician -- was instrumental in the revival of Calvinism as a worldview worthy of
practical allegiance and sustained critical reflection. In 1898 he visited Princeton and
delivered the Stone Lectures that year, his famous Lectures on Calvinism.
Kuyper’s political theology is widely regarded as providing a Christian foundation for
multi-culturalism, and he was in the vanguard in understanding the religious
significance of the Muslim revival taking place at the beginning of the 20th century.
But his writings also include references to race and nationality that have proved
controversial, a controversy intensified by the appeal to his theology of ‘sphere
sovereignty’ that was made by some Dutch Reformed apologists for apartheid in South
Africa. Accordingly, the aim of the 2015 conference is twofold: to explore the
contemporary relevance of neo-Calvinism for a Christian understanding of racialism, and
to critically assess Kuyper’s own views on race and nationality.
The winner of the Kuyper Prize for 2015 is Congressman John R Lewis, American politician
and civil rights leader. Congressman Lewis has represented Georgia's 5th congressional
district since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.
Plenary speakers at the conference include Prof Randal Jelks (University of Kansas) and
Prof Yolanda Pierce (Princeton Theological Seminary). Concurrent session paper proposals
are invited on any topic relevant to the general theme of the conference, and from any
discipline. Paper abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent to the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology by Nov 1st 2014. Decisions will
be notified by early December.