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Kuyper Conference

PROGRAM DRAFT
Kuyper Conference
at Calvin University and Seminary
Prince Conference Center April 5-April 7, 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

2:00 p.m. Registration/Conference Desk opens

4:00-5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
(A1) Short Papers

“Abraham Kuyper on Nations”
George Harinck, Theological University of Kampen

“Reformed Theology and the Ethics of Nationalism”
Doug Gay, University of Glasgow

“Populism Regained: A Christian Critique of the New Nationalism”

Samuel Vandeputte, Redeemer University

(A2) Short Papers
“Finding Unity in Diversity: Herman Bavinck’s Theology Proper as a Ground for Public Theology”
David R. Meinberg, University of Edinburgh

“The Unresolved Theological Relationship between Common and Particular Grace in Kuyper’s Public
Theology”
Jean Gomes, Calvin Theological Seminary

“The Earth as an Altar Place: Understanding Humanity’s Relation to Nature through Kuyper’s Common
Grace and Other Works”
Eoghan Holdahl, Dordt University

5:00-6:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Reception

6:00-7:00 p.m. Plenary Session
How Ideas Travel and Change: The Case of Neocalvinism
Lucas Freire, Johns Hopkins University


Wednesday, 6, 2022

8:00 a.m. Registration/Conference Desk opens

9:00-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions (B)
(B1) Short Papers

“‘Going Abroad’ in the German Academy: Abraham Kuyper as Continental Philosopher”
Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute

“The Lordship of Christ: The Unfolding of the Structures of Creation in History” Eduardo J.
Echeverria, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

“Bavinck’s Use of De la Saussaye as a Subtle ‘No!’ to Kuyper”
Kyung Phil Kim, Calvin Theological Seminary

(B2) Short Papers

“Recovering the Temple Metaphor: Adapting Kuyper’s Vision of the Soul of the University to Address
the Challenges of Our Cultural Moment”
Donald Roth, Dordt University

“Kuyper’s Style of Work”
Bri Blevins, Dordt University

“Loneliness and Mental Health in the American Church: A Kuyperian Look at Relationships and
Responsibility”
Kara Jasper, Dordt University

(B3) Panel: “Reformed Public Theology and the Global Church: Challenges and Opportunities”
Moderator:
Matthew Kaemingk, Fuller Theological Seminary

Discussants:
Eshak Estafanous, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Western Theological Seminary; Alberto La Rosa Rojas, Duke Divinity School; Agnes Chiu, China Evangelical Seminary North America

10:30-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.-Noon Plenary Session
A Voice in the Wilderness: The Role of Chinese House Churches in Doing Public Theology in China
Agnes Chiu, China Evangelical Seminary North America

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00-2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (C)
(C1) Short Papers

“Love your Neighbor: The Church’s Response to Individualism’s Impact on Interpersonal Engagement”
Anna Herman, Dordt University

“Abraham Kuyper, Lucas Lindeboom and the Founding of Reformed Hospitals in The Netherlands (1880-
1940)”
Hittjo Kruyswijk

“Each in Its Own Order: Sphere Sovereignty, Federalism and Socioeconomic Rights”
Eric Wang, Emory University

(C2) Short Papers

“Holy Envy: Religious Appreciation and Critique in Kuyper’s Travels and Ours”
Billy Boyce, Christ Church of Arlington

“The Opportunity of Christian Reformed Education for Social Transformation in Latin America”
Robinson Grangeiro Monteiro, Mackenzie Presbyterian University

“Mission and Reconciliation in an Islamic Context: An Arab Reading of Abraham Kuyper”
Eshak Estafanous, Fuller Theological Seminary

3:00-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. Plenary Session
How Abraham Kuyper Became the Apostle Paul to Me: Reflections on Abraham Kuyper as a Model for a
Christian Leader and Thinker
Mateusz Wichary, High Baptist Theological Seminary (Warsaw, Poland) 

--Sponsored by the Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy

4:30-6:00 p.m. Break

5:00pm-6:00pm Hors d'oeuvres Reception

6:00-7:30 p.m. 2022 Kuyper Prize
Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Western Theological Seminary

Thursday, April 7, 2022

8:00 a.m. Registration/Conference Desk opens

9:00-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions (D)
(D1) Short Papers

“Re-embodying Beatitude: The Beatific Vision and the Resurrection of the Flesh”
Jon W. Thompson, University of Cambridge 

“Herman Bavinck on Shame: An Overlooked Notion in Bavinck’s Organic Account of Sin”
Kaz Okaya, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“United in Praise: Kuyper’s Redemption of Sadness in Christian Worship”
Daniel Jesse, University of Aberdeen

(D2) Short Papers

“The Postcolonial Potential of Abraham Kuyper’s Vision of Diversity”
Ad de Bruijne, Theological University of Kampen

“Worldvision, Worldview, and World Christianity”
James Eglinton, University of Edinburgh

“A Kuyperian-Humanist Response to Our Technocratic Age”
Steven McMullen, Hope College

(D3) Short Papers

“Faith Formation and Online Learning: A Neo-Calvinist Perspective” Brant M. Himes, Los Angeles
Pacific University

“Going Public: Returning Theological Education to the Church”
Branson Parler, The Foundry

“The Depth of Depravity and the Remedy of an All-Embracing Life System: A Kuyperian Response to the
Crisis of Sexual Abuse in the American Evangelical Church”
Joya Schreurs, Dordt University

10:30-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.-Noon Plenary Session
Richard Mouw’s Public Theology

Moderator: Matthew Kaemingk, Fuller Theological Seminary

Discussants:
Vincent Bacote, Wheaton College; Agnes Chiu, China Evangelical Seminary North America; Stephanie Summers, Center for Public Justice; Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University

--Co-sponsored by the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics

Note: As the Kuyper Conference ends, the HENRY INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM ON RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE will continue through April 9.