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Abraham Kuyper and the Economic Teachings of the Heidelberg Catechism

Jordan J. Ballor


This article explores the economic teachings of the Heidelberg Catechism, a key confessional document in the Reformed tradition, through the lens of historic Reformed commentary, particularly that of the Dutch theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920). The Catechism’s teachings concerning the origin, essence, and nature of economic activity are captured in the themes of superabundance, stewardship, and sabbath. These themes are reflected in the Catechism’s explication of the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Lord’s Day 50); the eighth commandment, “Do not steal” (Lord’s Day 42); and the fourth commandment, “Remember the Sabbath Day” (Lord’s Day 38).

Jordan J. Ballor, "Abraham Kuyper and the Economic Teachings of the Heidelberg Catechism," Journal of Markets & Morality 23, no. 2 (2020): 363-390

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