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.
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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.