Postponed: New date to be confirmed

This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A new date will be announced in due course.

Workshop Description

2020 marks 100 years since the death of the great Dutch philosopher, theologian, and statesman Abraham Kuyper. To commemorate Kuyper’s contribution, the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is hosting an academic workshop in Cambridge entitled ‘Abraham Kuyper, Science, and Philosophy: A Centenary Celebration’.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor Richard Mouw (Fuller Seminary)
  • Professor René van Woudenberg (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
  • Professor Gerrit Glas (VU Amsterdam)
  • Professor Lydia Jaeger (Nogent Bible Institute)
  • Dr Jordan Ballor (The Acton Institute, VU Amsterdam)

Further speakers to be confirmed…

Call for Papers

Abraham Kuyper

We welcome abstracts for papers that discuss Abraham Kuyper’s views on the intersections between philosophy, theology, and science.

Topics might include Kuyper’s notion of the Reformed worldview’s contribution to modern science, Kuyper’s attitude toward the tradition of natural philosophy/natural theology, Kuyper’s account of creation and the image of God, his notion of ‘Platonic dualism’, or other aspects of his thought. But we also view the Kuyperian tradition as a living (and contested) framework for philosophy, theology, and science. So we welcome constructive papers which develop some Kuyperian themes in conversation with a contemporary scientific discipline or scientific issue.

Finally, we encourage papers which provide more critical perspectives on the Kuyperian tradition. Papers should be written for presentation in about 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (along with your name, academic discipline, and institutional affiliation) to by 1 June, 2020.


The workshop will take place from the evening of 24th of September to lunchtime on the 27th of September, 2020 at Lucy Cavendish College. Registration costs £75 (£25 for graduate students and unwaged academics). Lunch and Dinner is included in registration, as well as tea and coffee throughout the workshop. Bed and breakfast will be available at Lucy Cavendish College and nearby Westminster College.

We are pleased to offer several generous bursaries (final amounts to be confirmed). Priority will be given to graduate students or unwaged academics and those who have had papers accepted. To apply for a bursary, send CV and a summary of your reasons for attending the workshop to

Given the current uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, there is no certainty that the Workshop will still take place on the above dates. If the workshop cannot take place this September, then we will re-schedule for an appropriate time in the future. Please still submit your abstracts by 1 June, as decisions about papers will still be made as outlined above.

The organisers gratefully acknowledge generous funding from The John Templeton Foundation, VU Amsterdam, and The Acton Institute.

Call For Papers