Living under Christ’s Kingship
In Pro Rege, Dutch theologian, politician, journalist, and educator Abraham Kuyper examines how the authority of Jesus impacts all areas of life. For Kuyper, it was absurd to distinguish between Christian life inside and outside the church. If Jesus is indeed King of creation, he should be honored as such; his authority must be advanced in all spheres, both sacred and secular. In this second volume, Kuyper continues his work of explaining the scope of Christ’s kingship by examining how Jesus’ rule functions in the regenerated human heart. He then begins to explore how Christ’s authority should manifest itself ?beginning with the life of the church and the Christian family.
Praise for Pro Rege
As we gain access to a growing volume of the writings of Abraham Kuyper in English translation we are ever more able to consider his life and work as an intriguing case study in discipleship. In Pro Rege we see Kuyper trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus in his place and time: the Netherlands of the late 19th and early 20th century. In retrospect some of his moves seem obviously misguided, others startlingly prescient. For me Kuyper's reflections raise one big question, and it is a question of practice: What does it mean to follow Jesus here, now?
?Gideon Strauss, Associate professor of worldview studies, Institute for Christian Studies; senior fellow, The Center for Public Justice
In the early years of the 21st century, full as they are of pluralization, secularization, and globalization, we feel certain that a biblically-born faith has never been more difficult to work out in the public life of the world. While our moment in history has its complex, even immense challenges, the great gift of Kuyper’s magisterial work is the profound way that he took on these same questions in his time and place. With historical and sociological insight, with psychological and philosophical attentiveness, reading the world as he read the Word, he set forth an exhaustively-imagined account of the sovereignty of God over all things in heaven and on earth. Theologically rich, biblically grounded, Kuyper was passionately committed to helping ordinary people in ordinary places understand the meaning of their faith for life, always speaking to “the real world in which most people live their daily lives.” Pro Rege is a masterpiece, and my hope is that people all over the world will become his students, entering into his wisdom about the perennial challenge of understanding the world and our place in it.
?Steven Garber, Principal, The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture
The English translation of the first volume of Kuyper's Pro Rege unveiled for us his mature thinking on the multiple dimensions of Christ's reign in the face of gifts and challenges of the modern world. It created great anticipation for the publication of the remaining translations and offers the church an insightful and challenging series of reflections that have relevance far beyond Kuyper's day.
?Vincent Bacote, Associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College