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Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010 by Tjitze Kuipers (2011)

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Het sociale vraagstuk en de christelijke religie. Rede bij de opening van het Sociaal Congres, op 9 November 1891 gehouden.
Amsterdam, J.A. Wormser 1891. 77 pp., + a loose leaf with 6 corrections, 25cm.—ƒ1.-
Run: 1,500.
Published: November 1891.
Photomechanical reprint, see: 1990.01.
Free edition, see: 1891.15.
Translations (English), see: 1950.03; 1991.01.
The title (162 copies) was put up for auction and acquired by J.H. Kok, Kampen, on December 12, 1907.
RKB 126.
ET: The social question and the Christian religion. Address delivered at the opening of the Social Congress on November 9, 1891.

An address given on November 9, 1891 at the opening of the Social Congress (Amsterdam, November 9–12, 1891). The speech was delivered in De Werkende stand. The congress itself took place in Frascati. (The so-called “Bible readings” also took place in both buildings—see 1886.14). At the request of the Dutch Workingmen’s Union “Patrimonium” (see 1880.11), the congress had been called together by the Central Committee of the Anti-Revolutionary Electoral Associations.

The central question at stake in the address was how confessors of Christ should respond to the social needs of the era. Kuyper made it clear that there is an indissoluble connection between the social question and the Christian faith. The purpose of this speech was to clarify the complex set of issues that make up the social question. He called upon laborers to become conscious of the issues and to take appropriate action since labor relations would be undergoing significant shifts in the future. An extensive series of notes comprises the second half of this edition (pp. [47]–77). The notes, which make numerous references to contemporary literature, were clearly intended to promote additional study of the social question.

The origins of the congress lay in Patrimonium’s acceptance of Kuyper’s proposal at their meeting on November 10, 1890 to call together a Christian social congress with the purpose of creating a framework for addressing the social question nationally—and especially among union members. Kuyper was an honorary member of Patrimonium, chairman of the organizing committee for the congress, and also chairman of the Social Congress itself.

On May 15, 1891 the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum, which dealt with the condition of the working classes, was published and became the basis for Roman Catholic social action.