Dr. Kuyper did not agitate political reforms alone. He also advocated the opening of „schools with te Bible" everywhere. And in Oct. 1880 he saw one of the great ideals of his life attained when the „Free University" was organized in Amsterdam. This institution is free alike from State and Church control. It is based on Reformed, that is Calvinistic, principles and is especially devoted to their development and spread. lts number of students is constantly growing. So is its number of professors. Last month a fourth faculty, that of medicine, was added to its three faculties of theology, jurisprudence and letters. And by this time it is wielding a marked influence on Dutch life.
The attempt to have one of its theological graduates enter the Reformed Church as pastor, and the refusal of the orthodox consistory of Amsterdam to give certificates to unbelieving young people to become church members, led to a disruption of the Netherland Church in 1886. Dr. Kuyper and his followers, numbering ultimately some 200,000, were compelled to leave the Church of their fathers. They formed congregations calling themselves „doleerend," that is „sorrowing," viz. over the corruption of the old denomination. Some of the nobility and a number of prominent ministers were among those who left the Netherland Church. Almost from the beginning these „doleerend" people sought a union with the Christian Reformed Church of the Netherlands, which had seceded from the old Church in 1834. This union was effected in 1892. These united denominations, called the Reformed Churches, all recognize in Dr. Kuyper their great leader. But not all agree with him in certain views of his regarding predestination, regeneration, justification, and a number of other matters. The Dutch never were out and out „hero worshippers." In 1894 Dr. Kuyper once more en-