The annual Kuyper Conference, which began in 1998 at Princeton Theological Seminary, was founded to acknowledge the stream of Calvinist thought represented by Abraham Kuyper, Dutch theologian and statesman (1837-1920), and to explore the tradition he helped to form, commonly known as neocalvinism.
Calvin College and Seminary will host the 2019 Kuyper Conference at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). The overall theme for the conference and plenary sessions is Christ and Community.
The conference theme is intended to foster conversations and reflection related to the significance of the gospel for communities and social life. Christ came to redeem individual people as well as to bring reconciliation the world. As Abraham Kuyper once wrote, the “child of God is something other than an isolated individual limited to himself. This individual is also part of a community, member of a body, participant in a group identity, enclosed within an organism.”
This world is fallen, with brokenness shown by individualism, collectivism, materialism, scientism, racism, prejudice, and many more manifestations of sin. This world is also being redeemed by Christ and that work impacts communities in numerous ways. Papers are invited that address the relationship and significance of Christ and the gospel for communities and social life, especially as related to broad themes including: culture and cultural engagement, community and social development, pluralism, nationalism/internationalism, globalization, technology and social media, ecclesiology, and civil society. Kuyper distinguished between special and common grace, and in the context of his doctrine of sphere sovereignty also championed a vision of social diversity and pluriformity.
In addition to the advancement of scholarship, this conference aims to foster personal and professional networks of scholars, pastors, ministry professionals, civic leaders, and practitioners with interests in Kuyper and neocalvinism.
The two-day event will include plenary sessions, as well as concurrent sessions, including panel discussions, papers, workshops, and roundtables.
Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of each individual Conference participant. More information is available on the Overnight Accommodations page.
See the Call for Papers