Spring 2002
Volume 6 Number 3




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Consultation Inaugurates Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology

Princeton Seminary inaugurated its new Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology with a consultation on February 2.

Max Stackhouse

Max Stackhouse

The all-day conference, with an attendance of 47, featured panelists Robert Socolow of Princeton University, Henry Jacoby of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Vincent Bacote of Wheaton College, Calvin DeWitt of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clifford Anderson, a Ph.D. student at PTS, Thomas Sieger Derr of Smith College, Andrew Hoffman of the Boston University School of Management, and Valerie Thomas of the Princeton Environmental Institute of Princeton University. Brad Allenby, of AT&T, gave the keynote address, and Princeton Seminary Christian ethicist Max Stackhouse gave the concluding remarks.

The inaugural consultation, titled “Common Grace: Theology, Ecology, and Technology,” focused on the interaction of concepts of creation, nature, and the tradition of transformation that is present in technology as it relates to ecology, according to Stackhouse, who planned the event.

Topics addressed included “Engineering, Ethics, and the Environment,” “Reformed Theology, Science, and Ecology,” and “Religion, Values, and Nature.”

The Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology is named for Abraham Kuyper, a 19th-century Reformed theologian who founded the Free University of Amsterdam and served as prime minister of the Netherlands. He was committed to the conversation between Christian faith and public life.

The Seminary library already holds a massive collection of works about Kuyper, including one of the world’s most complete sets of his writings.