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Common Grace, Volume 1 | Part 1

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Abraham Kuyper’s seminal three-volume work on the doctrine of common grace (De gemeene gratie) presents a constructive public theology of cultural engagement rooted in the humanity Christians share with the rest of the world. Its author was a remarkable Dutch politician, journalist, educator, statesman, and Reformed theologian who wrote many works, but Common Grace is the capstone of his theology for the general public and the best available platform today to draw Christians back to biblical first principles and to guide the development of a winsome and constructive social witness. This complete, first-ever English translation is a companion to Christians seeking answers to questions about the breadth of the gospel, our roles in public life, cultural leadership, and the beneficial contributions of other people, especially in science and art.
This work gives us a much-needed opportunity to absorb Kuyper’s insights about God’s marvelous designs for human cultural life and to realize afresh how God’s mercies are over all his works. In volume 1, Kuyper traces his historical argument: Noah–Adam (part 1), Temptation–Babel (part 2), and Abraham–Parousia (part 3).
“This book and its subsequent volumes in the series give us a much-needed opportunity to absorb the insights of Abraham Kuyper about God’s marvelous designs for human cultural life."
Richard J. Mouw
Professor of Faith and Public Life
Fuller Theological Seminary
“Abraham Kuyper was a profound theologian, an encyclopedic thinker, and a deeply spiritual man who believed that it is the believer’s task ‘to know God in all his works.’ In a day when secular science is seeking to establish hegemony over all knowing, and when postmodern art is threatening to bring an end to art, Kuyper’s solid, biblical insights can help to restore perspective and sanity to these two critical areas of human life.”
Chuck Colson
Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview


About Abraham Kuyper

Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) is a significant figure in the history of the Netherlands and modern Protestant theology. A prolific intellectual, he founded a political party and a university, and served as the prime minister of the Netherlands (1901-1905). His enduring passion was to develop a theology for the general public and was seen in his extensive elaboration of the doctrine of common grace.

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Praise for Common Grace

“Abraham Kuyper’s Common Grace is founded on a deep devotion to the notions of God’s sovereignty and our obligation to participate in the divine call to be obedient to the lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas of life. The release of this multivolume series is timely because many Christians...

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