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A free church, a holy nation : Abraham Kuyper's American public theology

Author: John Bolt
Publisher: Grand Rapids : William B. Eerdmans, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Free Church, a Holy Nation develops the thought of the great Dutch theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper into a charter for North American evangelicals engaged in today's cultural battles. Though Kuyper's example has been referred to frequently in recent years by evangelical leaders like Charles Colson, this work by John Bolt is the first comprehensive statement of Kuyper's public theology directly applied to
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Named Person: Abraham Kuyper; Abraham Kuyper; Abraham Kuyper; Abraham Kuyper
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bolt
ISBN: 0802842542 9780802842541
OCLC Number: 123345203
Description: xxv, 502 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. "Let My People Go": Abraham Kuyper's Christian-Historical Political Imagination --
2. The Need for an Evangelical Public Theology in America --
3. Liberty's European Pilgrims: Abraham Kuyper, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Lord John Acton --
4. America as God's Kingdom: Abraham Kuyper and Jonathan Edwards --
5. The "Social Question" and the Social Gospel: Abraham Kuyper, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Leo XIII --
6. Liberty's Stepchildren: Liberationists and Libertarians --
7. Tyranny by Another Name? Theocrats and Pluralists --
8. Ecumenical Jihad: The Surprising Evangelical-Catholic Culture War Cobelligerency --
9. Abraham Kuyper in America Today: Do Evangelicals Really Need a Public Theology? --
App. A. The Debate about Dutch Neo-Calvinism.
Responsibility: John Bolt.

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"A Free Church, a Holy Nation develops the thought of the great Dutch theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper into a charter for North American evangelicals engaged in today's cultural battles. Though Kuyper's example has been referred to frequently in recent years by evangelical leaders like Charles Colson, this work by John Bolt is the first comprehensive statement of Kuyper's public theology directly applied to contemporary Christian political activism in the United States."

"In addition to considering such key issues as poverty, wealth and power, theocracy and pluralism, civil religion, the culture wars and political cooperation between evangelicals and Roman Catholics. Bolt also draws extended comparisons between Kuyper's views and the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord John Acton, Pope Leo XIII, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Jonathan Edwards. A distinctive feature of this study is its focus on the rhetorical, poetic character of Kuyper's public theology and practice as a political leader. Bolt shows how focusing on Kuyper's rhetorical and mythopoetic perspective, rather than on his theological and philosophical ideas, provides contemporary evangelicals with a more credible and effective theology for the public square."--Jacket.

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