Through the generous gift of Dr. Rimmer and Mrs. Ruth de Vries, The Kuyper Center is able to make a number awards each year.
The Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life is awarded each year to a scholar or community leader whose outstanding contribution to their chosen sphere reflects the ideas and values characteristic of the Neo-Calvinist vision of religious engagement in matters of social, political and cultural significance in one or more of the ‘spheres’ of society. A condition of the Prize is that the recipient deliver a lecture on a topic appropriate to the aims of the Center. This lecture normally opens the annual spring conference, which is usually on a related theme.
2014 - Dr Nicholas Wolterstorf, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Yale University
Previous Prize Winners and Lectures
2013 - Dr. Russel Botman, Rector of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa “Dread, Hope and the African Dream: An Ecumenical Collage”
2012 - Dr. Ian Buruma, Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College “Abraham Kuyper and the Muslim Question”
2011 - Marilynn Robinson, writer and Pulitzer Prize Winner
2010 - Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth “Covenant and Hope in Civil Society”
2009 - Alvin Plantinga, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”
2008 - Oliver O’Donovan, Professor of Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh “Reflections on Tolerance”
2007 - Richard J. Mouw, President of Fuller Seminary "Culture, Church, and Civil Society: Kuyper for a New Century"
2006 - Robert A. Seiple, US Ambassador "The Gospel Blimp Revisited: Reflections on Christian Witness and Persecution"
2005 - Charles Villa-Vincencio (2005) "Aeolian Harp of Renewal: The Private and the Public in Political Engagement"
2004 - Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of The Netherlands "Solid Values for a Better Future"
2003 - Andrew Young, US Ambassador to the United Nations “Principled Pluralism and Contemporary Development in Africa"
2001 - James Skillen (2001) "E Pluribus Unum and Faith-Based Welfare Reform: A Kuyperian Moment for the Church in God's World"
2000 - Eka Darmaputera (2000) "The Search for a New Place and Role of Religion within the Democratic Order of the Post-Sooharto Indonesia"
1999 - John Witte, Director of the Center for Law and Religion, Emory University "God's Joust, God's Justice: The Revelations of Legal History"
1998 - George Puchinger (1998)