On Business and Economics, the latest volume in Abraham Kuyper’s Collected Works in Public Theology, is available now. This is the eleventh volume of an ongoing twelve-volume publishing collaboration between Lexham Press and the Acton Institute. The editor of this collection, Peter S. Heslam, has ably assembled Kuyper’s key writings touching on business and economics.
In his vast treasury of writings, Abraham Kuyper addressed nearly every sphere of society, including politics, science and the arts. But his views on business and economics are often overlooked because he rarely engaged with that sphere directly. Still, his doctrine of common grace has great significance for showing how Christ is at work in the workplace.
In this anthology of essays, speeches and reflections, we see Kuyper’s attempts to think positively and creatively about the calling and potential of business. Included are his ideas about economic freedom, the eternal value of earthly work, stewardship and philanthropy, economic globalization, the workings of God’s grace in business, and the social function of money.
Highlights from this volume include excerpts from Kuyper’s commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, which unpack his distinctively Reformed perspective on business, economics and vocation. His address “The Social Question and the Christian Religion” to the first Christian Social Congress offers a Christian perspective on the social problems of the modern world.