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

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IJzer en leem. Rede ter inleiding op het gebed voor de eenige hoogeschool hier te lande, die op Gods Woord gegrond staat; toen gelegenheid voor dit gebed in de Kloosterkerk te ’s Gravenhage geweigerd was; in de Fransche Kerk aldaar den laatste van zomermaand uitgesproken.
Amsterdam, J.H. Kruyt 1885 (Amsterdam, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomdrukkerij). 31 pp., 25cm.—ƒ0.50.
Run: 900.
Published: July 1885.
2nd printing (run: 500), published: July 1885 (on the cover: tweede druk).
RKB 84.
ET: Iron and clay. Introductory address at the prayer service for the only university here in this nation that stands on the foundation of God’s Word; after the use of the Kloosterkerk in The Hague for this prayer service was denied; delivered in the Walloon Church on the last day of June.

An address held on the evening of June 30, 1885 at the start of the fifth annual prayer meeting for the Vrije Universiteit. This prayer meeting preceded the annual meeting of the Association for Higher Education on Reformed Principles (see 1878.10). In his address Kuyper applies a line from Daniel 2:43, “just as iron does not mix with clay,” to the situation in the Dutch Reformed Church, in which belief and unbelief have become mingled. He identifies four deadly influences that have fostered this intermingling and assures his audience that the Vrije Universiteit is trying to render these influences innocuous.

The speech opens with a remarkable historical analogy. In 1617, when the Arminians had the upper hand in The Hague, the consistory denied the request of the Reformed to hold a prayer service in the Kloosterkerk. Almost three hundred years later, the Reformed Consistory of The Hague was again refusing to allow Reformed Christians to hold a prayer service in the Kloosterkerk. Then as now, the reasons for the refusal of the Consistory of The Hague were fear of schism, objection to the presumed revolutionary intentions of the participants, and the desire to inhibit what they considered ungodly work.

A printed copy of this address has also been preserved in larger format with the same typeface and broader margins. This copy has 27 ([1]–27) single-sided, printed, and numbered pages and lacks a title page (cf. 1909.27).