Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Irena Backus and Philip Benedict

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 11 May 2021

Calvin, Modern Calvinism, and Civil Society

Calvin, Modern Calvinism, and Civil Society

The Appropriation of a Heritage, with Particular Reference to the Low Countries

(p.267) 13 Calvin, Modern Calvinism, and Civil Society
Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009

Cornelis van der Kooi

Oxford University Press

The important neo‐Calvinist movement that developed in the Netherlands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries appropriated Calvin's theology in a highly selective way. This chapter analyzes the thought of the two key figures of this movement, Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) and Herman Bavinck (1854–1921). For these men Calvinism was a faith capable of guiding modern man's actions in every sphere of life that had unfolded organically in the centuries since the Reformation. Presenting Calvinism as the fruit of a long‐term historical development, they judged that Calvin himself had only glimpsed some of its essential features. This enabled them to maintain that other ideas such as sphere sovereignty and participatory democracy were also intrinsic features of the faith even though scant foundation for them could be found in Calvin's own writings. The chapter also suggests that the neo-Calvinist idea of sphere sovereignty retains value as a potential basis for interreligious coexistence in Europe today.

Keywords:   Dutch neo-Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, sphere sovereignty, religious coexistence

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .