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 University and Seminary has hosted the 2018 and 2019 Kuyper Conferences at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin University campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). The overall theme for the most recent conference and plenary sessions (2019) was Christ and Community.
The conference theme was 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, the conference aims to foster personal and professional networks of scholars, pastors, ministry professionals, civic leaders, and practitioners with interests in Kuyper and neo-calvinism.
The three-day event included plenary sessions, as well as concurrent sessions, panel discussions, papers, workshops, and roundtables.
See the Call for Papers
Links to videos of plenaries and sessions: