Article: Kuyper’s world

I have published the second article in my series: Kuyper’s world. It takes a look at protestants and catholics, liberals vs. conservatives, the rise of Abraham Kuyper, denominational segregation, and the Takkian controversy, as well as treating political history 1848-1894.

I still have six such articles more-or-less ready for publication. Part III, The Antithesis, will be published in a week.

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1 Posted by Bryan on 3 March 2010 | Permalink

Great concise set piece on Kuyper.

I have already disclosed any post from me is from a U.S. Republican perspective.

Now, with your Kuyper article I also add: descendent from Dutch immigrants early 1900's, Protestant (CRC/OPC)(CRC:Christian Reformed Church, organized 1857 by Afscheiding immigrants).

Changing topics, with local elections in the Netherlands today, exactly how are Mayors appointed? Does the appointment automatically go to the party with the greatest number of votes and how does the selection process occur within each Party?

In the U.S. electoral rules for Mayors are decided by state law, usually with some options. The vast majority involve direct election of Mayor but in a nonpartisan election (4 year term). For larger cities (NY Times recently reported) trend is still nonpartisan elections but 25% of largest cities still elect by way of a partisan election.

2 Posted by ppk on 4 March 2010 | Permalink

I didn't mention this in the article because it has no political meaning, but the larger part of the Afscheiding joined Kuyper's Gereformeerde Kerk. The smaller part remained independent and is now (I think) the Christelijk-Gereformeerde Kerk.

Mayors are appointed by the Crown, and in practice by extremely complicated negotiations among the parties, who look at who's the largest party in town, but also at the national spread of mayors.

If D66 and GL are large they also get some mayors, although they're rarely the largest party anywhere.