Princeton Theological Seminary

Kuyper Center Annual Conference 2015

"Faith and Race"
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
April 16-18, 2015


Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) – Dutch pastor, theologian, journalist and politician -- was instrumental in the revival of Calvinism as a worldview worthy of practical allegiance and sustained critical reflection. In 1898 he visited Princeton and delivered the Stone Lectures that year, his famous Lectures on Calvinism.

Kuyper’s political theology is widely regarded as providing a Christian foundation for multi-culturalism, and he was in the vanguard in understanding the religious significance of the Muslim revival taking place at the beginning of the 20th century. But his writings also include references to race and nationality that have proved controversial, a controversy intensified by the appeal to his theology of ‘sphere sovereignty’ that was made by some Dutch Reformed apologists for apartheid in South Africa. Accordingly, the aim of the 2015 conference is twofold: to explore the contemporary relevance of neo-Calvinism for a Christian understanding of racialism, and to critically assess Kuyper’s own views on race and nationality.

The winner of the Kuyper Prize for 2015 is Congressman John R Lewis, American politician and civil rights leader. Congressman Lewis has represented Georgia's 5th congressional district since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.

Plenary speakers at the conference include Prof Randal Jelks (University of Kansas) and Prof Yolanda Pierce (Princeton Theological Seminary). Concurrent session paper proposals are invited on any topic relevant to the general theme of the conference, and from any discipline. Paper abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent to the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology by Nov 1st 2014. Decisions will be notified by early December.