A revised and updated version of
Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010 by Tjitze Kuipers (2011)

You can buy a printed edition of this book on the site of the publisher.


Published: November 1867.
Preface dated: Utrecht, November 18, 1867.
Also included in: 1913.15.
The title (310 copies) was put up for auction and acquired by Jan Haan, Groningen, on August 20, 1896.
RKB 8.
ET: The incarnation of God, the living principle of the church. Inaugural address delivered in the Domkerk in Utrecht on November 10, 1867.

Kuyper’s first sermon at Utrecht, based on John 1:14a (“and the Word became flesh and lived among us”) and delivered in the Domkerk on November 10, 1867. In the sermon Kuyper contends that the church as the body of Christ is the organism in which Christ himself lives on. He subsequently emphasizes the importance of the external form of the church because it has the task of awakening humanity to the divine life within it. The church’s external form should be fixed and abiding in its polity, confession, and worship because the divine life can become manifest only in the permanent. At the sermon’s climax, Kuyper states that the Dutch Reformed Church is no longer satisfying this essential requirement. Although he cannot say whether the course of events will lead to the reformation of the Dutch Reformed Church or to the founding of a new church, Kuyper tells the congregation that, in any case, he has been called to build. The sermon was published at the request of a number of members of the congregation as well as forty Utrecht theological students.

Various brief salutations to government officials, professors, students, church officials, dignitaries, colleagues, and members of the congregation are printed after the sermon.