One hundred years after the death of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) his legacy still is a source of inspiration in many fields. Kuyper was a scholar, a politician, a journalist, and a religious leader who managed to keep all these aspects of his life together and was sensitive to the changing context in which he lived, especially to the rise of secular modernity. What can be learned from Kuyper’s legacy to cope with the tensions and divisions threatening Western society today? After one hundred years the gap between the sacred and the secular seems to be deeper and wider than ever. This conference, held on both sides of the Atlantic, seeks to bridge the gap and to show how fruitful integration is possible in science, politics, media, and religion. Scholars from diverse disciplines including historians, theologians, philosophers, and sociologists, as well as experts in media, politics, and religion, are invited to reflect on Kuyper’s legacy or to assess one of the aspects of the secular and the sacred today.
The full Call for Papers for the Kuyper Centennial Congress, to be held in New York City (April 27-29, 2020) and Amsterdam (November 19-20, 2020) is available here.
Please consider submitting a proposal for this historic event and share the news with others. More details about speakers, venues, and registration will be announced soon. But in the meantime mark your calendars and consider joining us in New York City, Amsterdam, or both!
Calvin Theological Seminary, Calvin University, the Theological University of Kampen, and the Faculty of Religion and Theology at the VU Amsterdam (represented by the Herman Bavinck Center for Reformed and Evangelical Theology) co-organize this congress on ‘Secularism and Spirituality’. They invite interested scholars to send proposals for a paper presentation related to one of the fields listed above. Except for the invited keynote speakers, we have no funds for travelling costs and accommodation.
Jordan J. Ballor
Kuyper Conference Director