During the election primaries, I was reminded of a classic quote from Abraham Kuyper (one of my favorites) which I thought I would share with you:
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!'”
If you would like to explore how the universal lordship of Christ should inform you perspective in every sphere of your life, a good place to start might be Kuyper’s Stone Lectures given at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898 entitled Lectures on Calvinism.
The outline of six lectures are as follows:
- Calvinism as a Life System
- Calvinism and Religion
- Calvinism and Politics
- Calvinism and Science
- Calvinism and Art
- Calvinism and the Future
Of course, Kuyper was of the school of thought that Calvinism could be simply defined as the purest form of biblical Christianity. True Christianity for Kuyper could be considered synonymous with Calvinism.
Or, as B. B. Warfield puts it in his article, Calvinism Today:
“Calvinism is only another name for consistent supernaturalism in religion.”
Or, more to the point, Warfield continues,
“Calvinism is just Christianity. The supernaturalism for which Calvinism stands is the very breath of the nostrils of Christianity; without it Christianity cannot exist.”
Other versions of Christianity are always weaker forms of Christianity because they are always inconsistent with principles of the Christian faith itself. To the degree that the theology which generally goes under the name of Calvinism is missing, Christianity is missing.
It is with the perspective, (i.e. that Calvinism most fully and purely points men to believing submission to the lordship of Christ), then, that Warfield can say:
“Calvinism thus emerges to our sight as nothing more or less than the hope of the world.”