Cynical, Remorseless, Rudderless, And Hollow

Thus combining the style of Oscar Wilde with the convictions of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Kappeyne had to be the bête noire to one as absolutely earnest, and earnest for absolutes, as Kuyper. To top it all off, Kappeyne, reared in a Christian home, had not simply lost his faith but thrown it away. He raised the specter of a future civilization bereft not only of faith but of hope and love as well — cynical, remorseless, rudderless, and hollow.

James D. Bratt | Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013) 117.


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