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. Kuyper 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 for 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).
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 from 1901-1905. His enduring passion was to develop a theology for the general public, particularly through his extensive elaboration of the doctrine of common grace.
"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 and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary