Thomas in Abraham's bosom: The reception of Aquinas in Kuyper's Encyclopedie der Heilige Godgeleerdheid

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This chapter explores the reception of Thomas Aquinas in modern Dutch Reformed theology. It does so by focusing on Abraham Kuyper’s Encyclopedie der Heilige Godgeleerdheid (1894), one of that period’s most important, extensive, and subsequently neglected texts. As the architect of the neo-Calvinist movement—a resurgent form of Reformed theology that attempted to be recognisably orthodox and modern—Kuyper rose to a position of national influence, reimagining Dutch Reformed theology, establishing the Free University of Amsterdam in 1880, and serving as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1900 until 1904. This chapter charts the place of Aquinas in the Encyclopedie—intended by Kuyper to be his magnum opus—noting the particular epistemological, historiographical, and theological commitments that led him to present neo-Calvinism as a paradigm shift of comparable significance to Aquinas’ achievements in the medieval period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Reception of Aquinas
EditorsMatthew Levering, Marcus Plested
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198723912
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2020


  • Abraham Kuyper
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomism
  • Neo-Calvinism
  • Modern theology


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