Abraham Kuyper’s Rhetorical Public Theology with Implications for Faith and Learning

Vincent Bacote


Abraham Kuyper’s approach to public engagement (his public theology) emphasizes both a “common” element as well as distinctive Christian identity. In this essay Vincent Bacote considers the contrasting approaches to public theology of Max Stackhouse and Ronald Thiemann and then offers a summary of Kuyper’s public theology. The essay discusses that Kuyper’s work bridges the common and particular and notes that the unifying factor is Kuyper’s aim to function as a rhetorical public theologian who utilizes many concepts to motivate and mobilize his Christian constituency to public involvement. The essay concludes by indicating four ways that Kuyper’s approach is helpful for reflecting on faith and learning. Mr. Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.


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