Brain Candy Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | September 21, 2015

    Annie Jacobsen: IMG Mirrors on the Moon: A Reporter's Story about Sources and Secrets in the Modern World

    As a national security reporter, I write about war, weapons, security, and secrets. The question most commonly asked of me is, "How do you get... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list


On Order

New Hardcover
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Christianity- Church History General

Other titles in the Oxford Studies in Historical Theology series:

Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper's Struggle for a Free Church in the Netherlands (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology)


Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper's Struggle for a Free Church in the Netherlands (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Abraham Kuyper is known as the energetic Dutch Protestant social activist and public theologian of the 1898 Princeton Stone Lectures, the Lectures on Calvinism. In fact, the church was the point from which Kuyper's concerns for society and public theology radiated. In his own words, The problem of the church is none other than the problem of Christianity itself. The loss of state support for the church, religious pluralism, rising nationalism, and the populist religious revivals sweeping Europe in the nineteenth century all eroded the church's traditional supports. Dutch Protestantism faced the unprecedented prospect of going Dutch; from now on it would have to pay its own way. John Wood examines how Abraham Kuyper adapted the Dutch church to its modern social context through a new account of the nature of the church and its social position. The central concern of Kuyper's ecclesiology was to re-conceive the relationship between the inner aspects of the church--the faith and commitment of the members--and the external forms of the church, such as doctrinal confessions, sacraments, and the relationship of the church to the Dutch people and state. Kuyper's solution was to make the church less dependent on public entities such as nation and state and more dependent on private support, especially the good will of its members. This ecclesiology de-legitimated the national church and helped Kuyper justify his break with the church, but it had wider effects as well. It precipitated a change in his theology of baptism from a view of the instrumental efficacy of the sacrament to his later doctrine of presumptive regeneration wherein the external sacrament followed, rather than preceded and prepared for, the intenral work grace. This new ecclesiology also gave rise to his well-known public theology; once he achieved the private church he wanted, as the Netherlands' foremost public figure, he had to figure out how to make Christianity public again.

About the Author

John Halsey Wood Jr. received his Ph.D. on the History of Christian Thought from St. Louis University.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Going Dutch in the Modern Age

Chapter Two: The Emergence of a Free Church Ecclesiology, 1863-1867

Chapter Three: The French Revolution as an Ecclesiological Crisis: Abraham Kuyper's Sacramental Ecclesiology

Chapter Four: A Believers' Church: Kuyper's Ecclesiology for Reformation

Chapter Five: The Ins and Outs of Baptism: The Development of Kuyper's Theology of Baptism

Chapter Six: Theologian of the Revolution: Abraham Kuyper's Radical Proposal for Church and State

Chapter Seven: Private Church and Public Theology




Product Details

Wood, John Halsey, Jr.
Oxford University Press, USA
John Halsey Wood Jr.
Wood Jr., John Halsey
Church History
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Christianity-Church History General
Publication Date:
6.4 x 9.4 x 1 in 1.05 lb
Age Level:
Abraham Kuyper's Struggle for a Free Church in the

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Law » General
Religion » Christianity » Christianity » Calvinist
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General

Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper's Struggle for a Free Church in the Netherlands (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$95.75 Backorder
Product details 256 pages Oxford University Press, USA - English 9780199920389 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at