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.
2015 - Congressman John R. Lewis
Previous Prize Winners and Lectures
2014 - Dr Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Yale
“Justice, Beauty, and Worship”
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
“Abraham Kuyper and the Muslim
2011 - Marilynn Robinson, writer and Pulitzer Prize Winner
2010 - Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the
“Covenant and Hope in Civil Society”
2009 - Alvin Plantinga, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
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
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)