Barend Klaas Kuiper

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Barend Klaas Kuiper (July 16, 1877-July 21, 1961) was a history professor[1][2] and author who wrote about Dutch Calvinist church history and the Protestant Reformation.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kuiper was born in Oud-Loosdrecht in the Netherlands on July 16, 1877 to Reverend Klaas Kuiper and Maaike Kuiper (née de Bruijn).[4][5][6] When B.K. was 14, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA.[5]

Kuiper, who modified his middle name to "Klass", graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. degree in 1900. He took a teaching position in the literary department of the Calvin Theological Seminary soon after.

Barend Klass Kuiper died on July 21, 1961 due to complications from diabetes. His wife, Cornelia (Van Zanten), and their son, Klare V. Kuiper, survived him.[7]

Professional life[edit]

Kuiper was the first history professor at Calvin College (Calvin Theological Seminary), Grand Rapids Michigan, beginning in 1900,[8] a position he held until 1928, when he was dismissed after watching a movie.[9][10]

He was the editor of De Wachter from 1918 to 1922.[11][5]

Kuiper wrote a number of books, a few of which are still available, including The Church In History[12], which has been used widely as a textbook in Christian Education. Other works in English include Martin Luther: The Early Years and With All My Heart. He also has authored books that have been published in the Dutch language.[13]


  1. ^ Hughes, Richard Thomas; Adrian, William B. (January 1, 1997). Models for Christian Higher Education: Strategies for Survival and Success in the Twenty-first Century. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. pp. 145–. ISBN 978-0-8028-4121-6. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Ryskamp, Henry Jacob (2000). Offering hearts, shaping lives: a history of Calvin College, 1876-1966. Calvin Alumni Association. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Bratt, James D. (January 1, 1984). Dutch Calvinism in Modern America: A History of a Conservative Subculture. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. pp. 52–. ISBN 978-0-8028-0009-1. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  4. ^ [( 1903 US Passport Application] from United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925
  5. ^ a b c "Barend Klass Kuiper Collection, 1855-1961". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kuiper/Vogelaar". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Barend Klaas Kuiper". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Ankersmit, Frank; Domanska, Ewa; Kellner, Hans (June 24, 2009). Re-Figuring Hayden White. Stanford University Press. pp. 201–. ISBN 978-0-8047-7625-7. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Saw movie, loses job". The Kingsport Times. July 6, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved November 18, 2018. (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Saw Movie, loses job". Wilmington News-Journal. July 5, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved November 18, 2018. (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Should Reformed Christians Go to the Movies?". March 27, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Kuiper, B.K. (1964). The Church in History. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans. p. 412. ISBN 978-0-8028-1777-8.
  13. ^ "Kuiper, B. K. (Barend Klaas) 1877-1961". OCLC Online Computer Library Center. Retrieved November 18, 2018.

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