Few modern figures in the Reformed tradition are as widely influential as Abraham Kuyper, whose views on theology, politics, and Christian culture are renowned. His writings on worship, however, are not as well known. This new English translation of Onze Eredienst fills that gap, offering Kuyper's clearest thinking on worship and liturgy. Though written nearly a hundred years ago, his perspectives on worship are amazingly relevant to our time.
In a substantive introduction Harry Boonstra outlines Kuyper's life and the historical context in which he wrote. Adding even more luster to the volume are concluding essays by John Bolt, Bryan Spinks, Geoffrey Wainwright, and Nicholas Wolterstorff.
"Abraham Kuyper was a deep thinker and savvy organizer in the domains of church, state, and the academy. Here he turns his attention to the theory and practice of worship, with remarkable results. He recovers tradition while freshly engaging contemporary life. He criticizes the excesses of formalism and pietism while harvesting the virtues hidden by their distortions. His articulate and consistent point of view still sets a useful standard for measuring our own liturgical practices a hundred years later."
"Many of Abraham Kuyper's specific comments about public Christian worship are dated. But because his observations are rooted in sound theology and deep scriptural learning, his treatment of the subject is filled with compelling wisdom. The contemporary commentators enlisted to interact with Kuyper add even more depth and breadth to this important volume."
"Kuyper never ceases to amaze! Here he addresses the church's worshiping life with insight and candor — and in a manner that regularly comes across as surprisingly contemporary. All of the obvious topics are here: liturgy, hymnody, sacraments, preaching. But he also takes on subjects that don't often get attention in books on worship: what it's like to listen to a sermon, the best seating arrangements in a sanctuary, the 'tone' and length of a prayer. Here too, 'Father Abraham' takes up the cause of 'the little people' — in this case, those who sit in the pews!"