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“Property Is Theft”: Abraham Kuyper and the Church Fathers on Poverty and Wealth

Peter S. Heslam

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This article explores Abraham Kuyper’s interaction with the patristic view of an original community of goods and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s assertion that “property is theft.” Through a consideration of Kuyper’s general appreciation for the early Church fathers, John Calvin, and Christian socialists in his day, it concludes that patristic influence, if only indirectly, on Kuyper’s views of poverty and wealth is likely.

Peter S. Heslam, "'Property Is Theft': Abraham Kuyper and the Church Fathers on Poverty and Wealth," Journal of Markets & Morality 25, no. 1 (2022): 67-96


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