This article is about the Dutch Calvinist movement. For a movement that emerged in the late-20th century, see New Calvinism.

Neo-Calvinism, a form of Dutch Calvinism, is the movement initiated by the theologian and former Dutch prime minister Abraham Kuyper. James Bratt has identified a number of different types of Dutch Calvinism: The Secederssplit into the Reformed Church “West” and the Confessionalists; and the Neo-Calviniststhe Positives and the Antithetical Calvinists. The Seceders were largely infralapsarian and the Neo-Calvinists usually supralapsarian.[1]

Kuyper wanted to awaken the church from what he viewed as its pietistic slumber. He declared:

No single piece of our mental world is to be sealed off from the rest and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’[2][3]

This refrain has become something of a rallying call for Neo-Calvinists.

Emphases of Neo-Calvinism[4]

Key individuals associated with Neo-Calvinism

Neo-Calvinist institutions and organizations

Key texts


  1. Bratt 1984.
  2. McGoldrick 2000.
  3. Inaugural Lecture, Free University of Amsterdam, 1880.
  4. Bishop, Steve, "Neocalvinst distinctives", An accidental blog, Google.
  5. Frey, Bradshaw; et al. (1983), All of Life Redeemed: Biblical Insights for Daily Obedience, Ontario: Paideia Press.
  6. Spykman 1992, p. 109.
  7. Colson & Pearcey 1999, p. 295.
  8. Melleby, Derek, Neo-Calvinism 101, Vanguard church.
  9. Kuyper, Abraham (1998), "Sphere Sovereignty", in Bratt, James D, Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader, Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans.
  10. Wolters 2005.
  11. Mouw, Richard (2002), He Shines in all that's Fair, Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans.
  12. Spykman 1992, p. 65.
  13. Marshall, Paul A; et al., eds. (1989), Stained Glass: Worldviews and Social Science, Toronto: University Press of America.

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