Acton Institute Powerblog

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 director of research at the Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy, an initiative of the First Liberty Institute. He has previously held research positions at the Acton Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has authored multiple books, including a forthcoming introduction to the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. Working with Lexham Press, he served as a general editor for the 12 volume Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series, and his research can be found in publications including Journal of Markets & Morality, Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Reformation & Renaissance Review, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Faith & Economics, and Calvin Theological Journal. He is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary and the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity & Politics at Calvin University.