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.
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