The Biography and Biology of Liberty: Abraham Kuyper and the American Experiment

Luis Lugo, ed., Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life: Abraham Kuyper's Legacy for the Twenty-First Century (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000), 243-262.

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper

18 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2011 Last revised: 14 Jan 2020

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

This Article reviews the theory of rights and liberties developed by Dutch theologian, philosopher, and statesman Abraham Kuyper at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing generously on the Calvinist tradition, Kuyper distinguished religious, ecclesiastical, associational, and political liberties, which he grounded in his signature theories of the created order, social pluralism, covenant doctrine, and sphere sovereignty. The Article then compares Kuyper’s theory of liberty with one historical Calvinist community in Puritan New England.

Keywords: Abraham Kuyper, John Calvin, Puritan

Suggested Citation

Witte, John, The Biography and Biology of Liberty: Abraham Kuyper and the American Experiment (2000). Luis Lugo, ed., Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life: Abraham Kuyper's Legacy for the Twenty-First Century (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000), 243-262. , Emory Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1851240

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