Abraham Kuyper

Abraham Kuyper

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  • Hello there. My name is Abraham Kuyper and I lived in the 19th-20th century. You've probably heard about me in your church history class! I am here to take you through my life.
  • First, I was born. October 29, in the year 1837.
  • Then I grew up. We'll skip that stuff and get to the most important parts of my life.
  • I served as a pastor for 10 years, between 1863-1874, in Beesd, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. After that I adopted the views of Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer. The newspaper I founded in 1872, De Standaard, was often used to express these views. I was later elected to the States General, in which I became the leader of Groen's political group, later known as the Anti Revolutionary Party. Not to boast, but I grew quite the large following!! 
  • And then, in order to provide a better training in Calvinist doctrine for pastors...
  • I founded the Free University in Amsterdam in 1880.
  • And then in 1888, I formed a coalition of the Anti Revolutionary Party and a group led by Hermanus Schaepman - the Roman Catholic group.
  • Our coalition gained power and ended the era of Liberal rule! We also passed an education act in 1889 that introduced the first state subsidies for parochial schools.
  • by Isabeau Y8 - reflection assignment #1
  • Then in 1901, I was made Prime Minister of the Netherlands! I held this position until 1905. Then I was a representative of the Second Chamber from 1908-1912, then the first chamber, the position I held to the end.
  • Then, in 1915, Abraham Kuyper passed away. He did some pretty amazing things and pushed himself far and wide for his job, becoming a pastor, creating a newspaper, founding a university, starting a coalition, going into politics and even becoming the prime minister! This is why he is recognised as one of the nineteenth century's prominent church history figures.
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