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Around the Old World-Sea

Later today we’re having a book launch discussion about the latest volume in the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology, On Islam. This book is a selection from a travel narrative Kuyper published after he voyaged around the Mediterranean Sea in 1905-1906. For those who are unable to join us in Grand Rapids, the event will be available via a live stream and will also be archived for viewing later.

For those interested in learning more about Kuyper’s trip, I recommend the 8 part documentary series produced by the Dutch film company ICU. The historian George Harinck (who also contributed an introductory essay to the On Islam volume) follows in Kuyper’s footsteps through Eastern Europe, Turkey, Israel, and North Africa. The series was produced in Dutch, but some of the dialogue is in English and subtitles for the rest are available. Links to all eight episodes appear below:

Ep. 1: Romania & Ukraine

Ep. 2: Ukraine, Crimea & Turkey

Ep. 3: Turkey, Syria & Israel

Ep. 4: Israel & Egypt

Ep. 5: Egypt & Sudan

Ep. 6: Greece, Sicily & Tunisia

Ep. 7: Tunisia & Morocco

Ep. 8: Algeria & Spain

Jordan J. Ballor

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.