September 2, 2021 - September 5, 2021

Lucy Cavendish College and Online

Workshop Description

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 in Cambridge entitled ‘Abraham Kuyper, Science, and Philosophy: A Centenary Celebration’.

Confirmed Speakers

Plenary Speaker: Professor Richard Mouw (Fuller Seminary)

Kuyper, Common Grace, and the Creation of a Scientific Culture

  • 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)
  • Revd Dr Craig Bartholomew (Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge)
  • Dr Deborah Haarsma (President, BioLogos)

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. Registration and abstract submission will be available on the Faraday website soon.


Details to follow.

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, click on the button below.

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.