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Kuyper on the Positive Potential of Business

In his vast treasury of writings, Abraham Kuyper addressed nearly every sphere of society, including politics, science, and the arts. But his views on business and economics are often overlooked because he rarely engaged with that sphere directly. Still, his doctrine of common grace has great significance for showing how Christ is at work in the workplace.

In this anthology of essays, speeches, and reflections, we see Kuyper’s attempts to think positively and creatively about the calling and potential of business. Included are his ideas about economic freedom, the eternal value of earthly work, stewardship and philanthropy, economic globalization, the workings of God’s grace in business, and the social function of money.

The Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology

Lexham Press is pleased to announce the publication of a major series of new translations of Kuyper’s writings in public theology. Created in partnership with the Abraham Kuyper Translation Society and the Acton Institute, the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology will mark a historic moment in Kuyper studies, and we hope it will deepen and enrich the church’s interest and engagement in public theology.


  • Forewords by Brian Fikkert, Paul Oslington, and Kenneth Barnes
  • Editor’s Introduction by Peter S. Heslam
  • Volume Introduction by Jordan J. Ballor
  • Part One: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
    • Commentary on Lord’s Day 50 of the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Part Two: You Shall Not Steal
    • Commentary on Lord’s Day 42 of the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Part Three: Remember the Sabbath Day
    • Commentary on Lord’s Day 38 of the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Working People and the Church
  • Sunday Rest and Hygiene
  • Manual Labor
  • The Social Question and the Christian Religion
  • Draft Pension Scheme for Wage Earners
  • Protectionism and Materialism
  • Human Trafficking
  • Social Organizations under Our Own Banner
  • Feeding the Nation’s Workers
  • The Social Question (1909)
  • Industrial Organization
  • The Sacred Order
  • The Social Question (1917)
  • What Next?
  • Meditations
  • Title: On Business & Economics
  • Author: Abraham Kuyper
  • Translator and Volume Editor: Harry Van Dyke
  • Series Editors: Melvin Flikkema & Jordan J. Ballor
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 7x10
  • ISBN: 9781577996767

About Abraham Kuyper

Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) was one of the most extraordinary individuals of his time. A prolific intellectual and theologian, he founded the Free University in Amsterdam and was instrumental in the development of Neo-Calvinism. He was also an active politician, serving as a member of Parliament in the Netherlands beginning in 1874 and serving as Prime Minister from 1901 to 1905.

At this intersection of church and state, he devoted much of his writing towards developing a public theology. His passion was to faithfully understand and engage culture through a Christian worldview. The most famous example is his articulation of the doctrine of common grace. His work has influenced countless others, including Francis Schaeffer, Cornelius Van Til, and Alvin Plantinga.

About the Editors

Jordan J. Ballor (ThD, University of Zurich; PhD, Calvin Theological Seminary) is a research fellow at the Acton Institute and serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality. He is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Melvin Flikkema (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is Senior Advisor at the Acton Institute. He coordinated the translation of the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. He was previously the Provost of Kuyper College.


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