Fun Facts From Church History: The Founding of the Free University of Amsterdam

On October 20, 1880, through the work of Abraham Kuyper and cofounders, the Amsterdam Free University was opened, dedicated to a Calvinistic orientation, a tribute to Kuyper’s persistence in striving for the right of private higher education in the Netherlands.  — P. Veltman.

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1 Response to Fun Facts From Church History: The Founding of the Free University of Amsterdam

  1. That’s one of the universities where I tried to learn about Antiquity. Two remarkable good teachers – archaeologist Wim van Es and NT scholar Karl-Heinz Uthemann – but generally speaking, the humanities department was more interested in getting more students (and money) than in teaching them something. This is sad, because a university that reflects on its philosophy (Christian or not), has the possibility to really teach some wisdom. In the other university where I read history, Leiden, this was completely ignored.

    The Free University has continued to grow and has not aimed at good scholarship, but on getting as many students as possible. If you go there today, you will find many students from originally Islamic countries. I am really glad that they can visit the university; they are often the first of their families to get higher education. But I understand the common nickname about the “Islamic Institute”: the Free University has sold its soul to the Mammon.

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