This year marks the 185th anniversary of Abraham Kuyper’s birth. Born Oct. 29, 1837, this Dutch Reformed theologian, statesman, and journalist would exercise a tremendous influence on the Netherlands and, indeed, the world. His is a legacy worth remembering and engaging.
A simple listing of his accomplishments would read like the achievements of the lives of a half dozen or so notable figures. Indeed, a Dutch biography of Kuyper uses one of his own autobiographical texts to describe Kuyper’s “seven lives,” as an outdoorsman, traveler, orator, scholar, activist, journalist, and statesman. In each of these areas and more Kuyper enjoyed success and recognition at the highest levels.