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Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper's Struggle for a Free Church in the Netherlands

John Halsey Wood


The nineteenth century witnessed a transition from the ancienrégime to the “age of mobilization,” from an organically and hierarchically connected society to a fragmented society based on mass participation, charismatic leaders, and organizational tactics. Abraham Kuyper was a key instigator in this cultural transformation as the populist organizer of the Netherlands’ first modern political party (and eventually prime minister), as a newspaper editor who used modern media to educate and mobilize his popular base, as one who broadened enfranchisement in church and political society, and as the ... More

Keywords: Aabraham Kuyper, church, ecclesiology, church and state, public theology, free church, sacraments, secularization, Netherlands, modern Protestantism, Calvinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199920389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Halsey Wood, author
St. Louis University