The Kuyper Prize Lecture

April 14, 2016

The distinguished scholar and journalist Dr. Elaine Storkey will deliver a lecture on Thursday April 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM in Miller Chapel on the seminary campus. She will then receive the 2016 Kuyper Prize for excellence in reformed theology and public life.


 Kuyper Center Annual Conference

 April 15-16, 2016

"Religion and Journalism"


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In honor of Kuyper’s journalistic activities, the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary is sponsoring a conference on religion and journalism. The conference seeks to identify and analyze major trends in journalism today. How is religion treated in the secular media? What role does Christian journalism play in the public sphere today? How are changing trends in journalism such as blogging and tweeting affecting religious public opinion? Among his many vocations, Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) was a leading journalist of his era. He was the editor of the daily paper, De Standard, and the weekly church paper, De Heraut, from the early 1870s until his death. He also served as chairman of the Dutch Association of Journalists from 1898 to 1901.

The conference on religion and journalism will reflect back on the rough-and-tumble world of Dutch religious journalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries while exploring new possibilities for religious news, commentary, and social media in the 21st century.


Registration and Costs


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Program and Meals

$110 (April 15 Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner - April 16 Breakfast)


Non-PTS Student

$25 (Program Only)


PTS Student / Community

(Program Only - No Fee)

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 Kuyper Prize Winner: Elaine Storkey       

Dr. Elaine Storkey is a distinguished scholar and journalist from the United Kingdom. Her 40-year career in the academy has crossed the disciplines of sociology, philosophy and theology including appointments at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, and Calvin College in Michigan.  In 2013 the University of Aberystwyth elected her as a Fellow.  She has authored several books including What’s Right With Feminism and Mary’s Story, Mary’s Song and Created or Constructed. Among her many humanitarian efforts across the globe she has served as the president of Tearfund (an aid and advocacy organization in the Global South) and co-founded Restored (an organization combatting violence against women).

Storkey began broadcasting with the BBC in 1986 and has since been involved in many documentaries, arts, news and current affairs programs. She was a presenter on Radio 4′s “Thought for the Today” for over 25 years and has written many scripts for the BBC World Service and Radio Ulster. She was also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1987, to November 2015, serving on the Archbishops Rural Commission and the Cathedrals Commission. For many years she wrote for The Independent and then for the Swedish newspaper Dagen, the Christian Herald and for the Church Times. During the 1990s she collaborated with Catholic author and theologian Margaret Hebblethwaite, to co-author a book exploring Christian feminism from two different traditions. Their writings on women are widely used within the Catholic as well as protestant churches.

She has served on many other boards and councils, including the Crown Nominations Commission, the environmental agency A Rocha, the global advocacy group Micah Challenge, and as Vice President of the University of Gloucestershire. She is currently President of Fulcrum, the Church of England think-tank. She became a member of High Table at Newnham College, Cambridge University, in January 2008, and from February 2009 to July 2012 also took on the Directorship of Education and Training for the Church of England’s Church Army. In the summer of 2009 she held a Cambridge Templeton Fellowship in Journalism and from 2010 to 2012 she served as Chair of The Church and Media network, chairing also a Church and Media 'summit' in 2014 in St George's House, Windsor Castle.  Her latest book Scars across Humanity is a Christian analysis and response to global violence against women; published in November 2015, it was launched to the media and UK parliamentarians in the Speaker's Rooms at the House of Commons. 



Plenary Speaker: Gustav Niebuhr


Dr. Niebuhr is the director of the Carnegie Religion & Media Program at Syracuse University where he is also a faculty member. During a 20-year career in journalism, most recently at The New York Times and, prior to that, at the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gustav Niebuhr has established a reputation as a leading writer about American religion. His work has been published in books, magazines and online, and he provides occasional commentary on religion for NPR's "All Things Considered."

Niebuhr is the author of Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America (Viking, 2009).       

He has been honored with an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Elmhurst College (1997); a Distinguished Writer Award from the Presbyterian Writers' Guild (2000); a Religious Liberty Award from the Associated Baptist Press (1997); the Templeton Religion Writer of the Year Award from the Religion Newswriters Association (1993); and the Supple Memorial Award from the Religion Newswriters Association 1993, 1991 and 1988).

 He was previously a visiting fellow and scholar in residence at Princeton University and holds a joint appointment with the religion department in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse.


Plenary Speaker: Alissa Wilkinson


Prof. Wilkinson is the chief film critic at Christianity Today and an assistant professor of English and humanities at The King’s College in New York City. She is co-author of How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, and Politics at the End of the World (Eerdmans, May 2016) and author of the forthcoming Orphaned Believers: Reframing Religion in the Age of Faith-Based Film (The Critical Press).Her essays and criticism appear in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vulture, Paste, Pacific Standard, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Movie Mezzanine, The Marginalia Review of Books, Litro NY, Art House America, and Christ & Pop Culture, among others.

Previously she was co-editor of Comment, a journal dedicated to public theology. She served as the founding editor of the cultural commentary web magazine The Curator and the founding editor of Fieldnotes, a magazine dedicated to the intersection of faith and organizational leadership.

Wilkinson holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at Seattle Pacific University, an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and a B.S. in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At King’s, she lectures on topics ranging from Postmodern Theory & Culture to Cultural Criticism.



Plenary Speaker: George Harinck


 A native of Rotterdam, Prof. Dr. Harinck is the Professor of Neo Calvinist History at the Free University of Amsterdam and Extraordinary Professor of History at the Theological University of Kampen. He is also the Director of two significant Dutch archives: the Archives and Documentation Centre for the Reformed Churches of Kampen and the Historical Documentation Center at the Free University.       

 Most recently Harinck has completed an 8-part TV documentary, entitled Om de Oude Wereldzee, on Abraham Kuyper in collaboration with the acclaimed Dutch filmmaker Hans Hermans. The documentary retraces Kuyper’s 1906 tour of the Mediterranean recorded in his popular book of the same title. In 2012 Harnick edited and translated the book Kuyper in America: “This is where I was meant to be,” which collects Kuyper’s correspondence during his 1898 journey to deliver the Princeton Seminary Stone Lectures. 

 He is a columnist for the Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad and widely published scholar in academic literature on the themes of Dutch religious history and Neo Calvinism.
Harinck studied history at Leiden in 1993 and obtained his doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam. He serves as president of multiple academic foundations ranging in theme from South African culture to the work of the theologian and Dutch patriot Klass Schilder.


Plenary Speaker: Koert van Bekkum


Dr. van Bekkum is a well-known scholar of the Old Testament in the Netherlands and former Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Dutch daily newspaper Nederlands Dagblad. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Theological University of Kampen and is the author of From Conquest to Coexistence: Ideology and Antiquarian Intent in the Historiography of Israel’s Settlement in Canaan (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, 45; Brill: Leiden–Boston 2011).

Van Bekkum is a widely published commentator whose work spans the public square and the academy. During his tenure at the Nederlands Dagblad he supervised the publication of a series of lectures named in honor of the Neo-Calvinist theologian Herman Bavinck. This projected reflected on the roles of religion, common good, pluralism and political theology in modern-Western society. He has contributed to a number of volumes dealing with theological themes for a popular audience and has also offered scholarly contributions to the history of the Neo-Calvinist tradition.

Holding a PhD from Theological University of Kampen, Van Bekkum’s current research explores the historical and theological meaning of Biblical-historical narratives, with the help of synchronic, diachronic and contextual analysis. His ongoing research concentrates on the literary and theological conceptions, social background and historical development of the descriptions of ‘Promised Land’ in the Old Testament canon.




Call for Papers

The conference organizers invite papers on any topic related to Christianity and the practice of journalism. While we welcome proposals about the contributions of Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, and other Neo-Calvinists to journalism, proposals may range more widely; we invite proposals on topics ranging from the history of Christian journalism, theology of journalism, and impact of new media on the practice of Christianity. Financial support is available for graduate students (click HERE for additional information).

To apply, please email a proposal of 250 words or less by December 31, 2015 to [email protected]. Please include your name and institutional affiliation in your email, but not on your proposal itself. Proposals will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Notifications of accepted papers will be sent by January 18, 2016. If you have questions, please contact [email protected] for additional information.


Conference Schedule

April 15 Friday


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM       1st Plenary Session


                                          Lecture by Dr. Gustav Niebuhr


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM      Coffee Break


11:00 AM – 12:15 PM      2nd Plenary Session

                                          Introductory Remarks Dr. George Harinck &

                                          Documentary Film


12:30 PM – 1:15 PM         Lunch – Mackay Student Center


1:30 PM – 2:45 PM           1st Concurrent Sessions: Papers


2:45 PM – 3:15 PM           Coffee Break


3:15 PM – 4:30 PM           2nd Concurrent Sessions: Papers


4:45 PM – 6:00 PM           3rd Concurrent Session: Papers


6:15 PM – 7:00 PM           Dinner – Mackay Student Center


7:15 PM – 9:00 PM           Wine and Cheese Reception


April 16 – Saturday


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM          Breakfast – Mackay Student Center


9:00 AM – 10:15 AM         3rd Plenary Session

                                          Lecture by Dr. Koert van Bekkum


10:15 AM – 10:45 AM      Coffee Break


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM      4th Plenary Session

                                          Lecture by Prof. Alissa Wilkinson