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Call for papers: the legacy of Abraham Kuyper — 100 years later

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Dutch theologian, statesman, educator, churchman, editorialist, and social theorist Abraham Kuyper. To commemorate his life and legacy, the Journal of Markets & Morality is accepting submissions on the theme of Abraham Kuyper for the Fall 2020 issue, guest edited by Reformed scholars Robert Joustra and Jessica Joustra of Redeemer University College in Canada.

While any submission related to the life and thought of Abraham Kuyper will be considered, the editors are especially interested in submissions that focus on Kuyper’s actions and policies — whether political, educational, ecclesiastical, editorial, or otherwise — and how they should be assessed 100 years later. To what extent did Kuyper’s actions align with his words? How much of his theory showed through in his praxis? When was Kuyper willing to compromise, and how did he justify doing so? How have the institutions he founded or participated in — such as the Vrije Universiteit, the Doleantie, De Standaard, or the Anti-Revolutionaire Partij — responded or reacted to his influence? Some of these no longer exist, and others no longer exist in the form that Kuyper knew them. What might Kuyper think of their legacy today? And what are we to make of his?

Submissions can be sent to managing editor Dylan Pahman at [email protected]. Please note that this is a call for academic research papers, not op-eds or essays.

The Journal of Markets & Morality is also co-sponsoring this year’s Kuyper Conference. Find out more from Jordan Ballor here.



Image credit: Abraham Kuyper (1905) by Peter Somers Heslam

Dylan Pahman

Dylan Pahman is a research fellow at the Acton Institute, where he serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He earned his MTS in historical theology from Calvin Theological Seminary. In addition to his work as an editor, Dylan has authored several peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, essays, and one book: Foundations of a Free & Virtuous Society (Acton Institute, 2017). He has also lectured on a wide variety of topics, including Orthodox Christian social thought, the history of Christian monastic enterprise, the Reformed statesman and theologian Abraham Kuyper, and academic publishing, among others.