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At the beginning of the twentieth century, famed theologian Abraham Kuyper toured the Mediterranean world and directly encountered Islam for the first time. His writings from this trip have been translated in part as On Islam, a nuanced and substantive observation of the faith and culture of the Muslim world anchored in an informed Christian point of view.

Today, Islam’s role on the global scene is more visible (and controversial) than ever, making it the perfect time to learn about its relationship with Christianity from Kuyper’s viewpoint. Kuyper’s writings explore Islam as a culture and religion with much to offer the West, but also as a challenge to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us as we celebrate the publication of On Islam with a panel discussion featuring the scholars who produced this volume.

This event will be available for viewing via live stream beginning at 2:00 p.m. on February 15, 2018.


James Bratt, Ph.D.
James Bratt, Ph.D.
Calvin College

Professor of History (retired)

James Bratt (Ph.D., Yale University) taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh before returning to his alma mater, Calvin College, where he taught in the History Department for twenty-nine years until his retirement in 2016. He has received numerous scholarly awards, including three Fulbright grants for research in the Netherlands and teaching in China. He is author of Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat (Eerdmans, 2013), the definitive English-language biography of Kuyper, and editor of the path-breaking English translation of Kuyper’s shorter works, Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader (Eerdmans, 1998).

Douglas A. Howard, Ph.D.
Douglas A. Howard, Ph.D.
Calvin College

Professor of History

Douglas A. Howard (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Professor of History at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has directed off-campus study programs in Hungary, Turkey, and Washington, D.C. He is a former editor of The Turkish Studies Association Bulletin and the author of two books, A History of the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge, 2017), and The History of Turkey (Second edition, Greenwood, 2016), as well as academic articles on Ottoman administrative and literary history.

Jan van Vliet, Ph.D.
Jan van Vliet, Ph.D.
Dordt College

Professor of Economics

Jan van Vliet (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Professor of Economics at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa. He has advanced degrees in economics and theology from educational institutions in Canada and the United States. He has spent many years in these two fields in both countries in private sector consulting, in the public service, and in the academy. His contributions and competencies focus on Reformed theology and philosophy, Kuyperian and Reformational thought, and shifting economic paradigms. He is the author of The Rise of Reformed System (Paternoster/Wipf & Stock, 2013) and currently, with Calvin Seerveld, is overhauling Seerveld’s earlier book on Reformational hermeneutics entitled How to Read the Bible to Hear God Speak. His work has been translated and published in Korean and Dutch scholarly journals.

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Mark Murray Auditorium | Acton Institute
98 E Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


2:00pm Introductions and opening remarks
2:30pm Panel discussion
3:05pm Refreshments
3:15pm Q&A


Although this is a complimentary event, registration is required. 


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