Prime Minister Balkenende’s Lecture

On 14 October 2011, Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002–2010), will deliver a lecture at the 2011 Bavinck conference entitled, “Reinventing Responsibility in the 21st Century—New Orientations and the Heritage of Neo-Calvinism.”

Topics include:

  • Today’s crucial questions: globalization; economic crisis; climate change; new international power constellations
  • The loss of direction; we seem rudderless and without a compass
  • Rise of popular movements
  • Hopeful signals: values, responsibility, new alliances
  • How Kuyper, Bavinck, and Dooyeweerd dealt with “new” issues in their day, and what we can learn from them
  • The need for a new ethos of responsibility

Update 23 May 2012

Karen Saupe interviewed former prime minister Balkenende on Inner Compass, an interview show that explores how people follow their conscience about ethical, religious, and social justice issues.

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