2020 marked 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 online entitled ‘Abraham Kuyper, Science, and Philosophy: A Centenary Celebration’.
Plenary Speaker: Professor Richard Mouw (Fuller Seminary) – Kuyper, Science, and Kinds of Explanation
- Professor René van Woudenberg (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) – Kuyper on the relation between science and religion
- Professor Gerrit Glas (VU Amsterdam) – Sphere sovereignty and the idea of normative (professional) practices
- Professor Lydia Jaeger (Nogent Bible Institute) – Human freedom between scientific determinism and liberty of creation
- Dr Jordan Ballor (The Acton Institute, VU Amsterdam) – ‘A theater of God’s grace and glory’: Kuyper and the Reformed Tradition on Natural Philosophy, Theology, and Science
- Revd Dr Craig Bartholomew (Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge)
- Dr Deborah Haarsma (President, BioLogos) – Kuyper on Evolution, Then and Now
Conference Papers [Downloadable pdf]
Thursday 2nd September
15:00 René van Woudenberg – Kuyper on the relation between science and religion
17:00 Lydia Jaeger – Human freedom between scientific determinism and liberty of creation
19:30 Jordan Ballor – ‘A theater of God’s grace and glory’: Kuyper and the Reformed Tradition on Natural Philosophy, Theology, and Science
Friday 3rd September
15:00 Gerrit Glas – Sphere sovereignty and the idea of normative (professional) practices
17:00 Alden McCray – Theological Scientia and Epistemological Principia: Abraham Kuyper and John Calvin on the Principles of Theological Knowledge
17:35 Timothy Jones – The World Will Not be Lost
19:30 Richard Mouw – Kuyper, Science, and Kinds of Explanation
Saturday 4th September
15:00 Craig Bartholomew – Kuyper, the doctrine of creation, and science
17:00 James Eglinton – Kuyper on Evolutionary Linguistics
18:30 Deborah Haarsma – Kuyper on Evolution, Then and Now
All sessions will be opened 15 minutes before start time.
Call for Papers
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. Applicants should register and apply here (DO NOT register on this main registration site if submitting an abstract).
Registration is now closed for this event. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Organisers: Prof. René van Woudenberg, Dr Jon Thompson
Hosted and Organised by: The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
The organisers gratefully acknowledge generous funding from The John Templeton Foundation, VU Amsterdam, and The Acton Institute.