Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, The Theory of Man: Thirty-Two Propositions on Anthropology (n.d.). Excerpt: In the development of western thought anthropological conception have been dominated by four religious ground‐motives, which have shaped the entire development of the Occident. These four ground motives are: 1) the Greek form‐matter motive; 2) The Scriptural ground motive of the Christian religion: … Continue reading The Theory of Man: Thirty-Two Propositions on Anthropology – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, The Criteria of Progressive and Reactionary Tendencies in History (n.d.). Excerpt: The commemoration of the jubilee of one hundred and fifty years of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Humanities gives occasion for historical reflection. It will not be a matter for surprise, therefore, that in considering the question as to which … Continue reading The Criteria of Progressive and Reactionary Tendencies in History – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, The Contest about the Sovereignty in Modern Jurisprudence and Political Science (n.d.). Excerpt: In the evolution of Jurisprudence and Political Science in the second half of last century many tenets that used to be taken for unassailable truths, were cast into the melting-pot of criticism. But among these none was of such signal … Continue reading The Contest about the Sovereignty in Modern Jurisprudence and Political Science – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, The Analogical Concepts, trans. Robert D. Knudsen (n.d.). Excerpt: The subject before us concerns a problem that as yet has been largely ignored but which involves nevertheless the foundations of all the special sciences without exception. I refer to the nature and the mutual interrelationship of the elementary basic concepts which the various … Continue reading The Analogical Concepts – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, Sociology of Law & its Philosophical Foundations (n.d.). Excerpt: Even a first, provisional attempt to delimit the area of sociology of law from other "modal"- branches of sociology, such as sociology of ethics, of "religion", of language, economics, art, etc., is inescapably confronted with a problem of legal philosophy. This problem concerns the transcendental-juridical … Continue reading Sociology of Law & its Philosophical Foundations – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, Roots of Western Culture: Pagan, Secular and Christian Options, trans., John N. Kraay and Bernard Zylstra (Toronto, ON.: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1979). Excerpt: We acknowledge that the antithesis cuts right through the Christian life itself. Everywhere, in personal life, in the life of the Christian family, in Christian organizations and political groups, … Continue reading Roots of Western Culture: Pagan, Secular and Christian Options – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, Reconstruction and Reformation, eds., John N. Kraay and Bernard Zylstra (nd.) Excerpt: This provisional publication presents the first half of a series of articles issued by the Christian philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd in the years 1945-1948 in Nieuw Nederland, a Dutch periodical of which the author was editor-in-chief. Dooyeweerd, born in 1894, was … Continue reading Reconstruction and Reformation – Herman Dooyeweerd
Document: Herman Dooyeweerd, "Introduction to a Transcendental Criticism of Philosophic Thoughts" (nd.) Excerpt: The subject which I have chosen for my lecture gives me the opportunity, of informing you of the fundamental characteristics of the new philosophy which has been developed during the last twenty years at the Free University of Amsterdam, and which has … Continue reading Introduction to a Transcendental Criticism of Philosophic Thoughts
The book of Prof. Dr. Jan Lever, entitled "Creation and Evolution" (1956), which appeared in an excellent English translation from the hand of Dr. P.G. Berkhout in June last year, is at present among the most discussed works in Reformed theological circles, both here and abroad, in the sphere of the relation between faith and science. This fact alone already proves its importance, insofar as it penetrates deeply into theological problematics. Yet it was certainly not written from a theological point of view. The writer is professor of zoology, specializing in morphology, at the Free University of Amsterdam.
When reference is made to secularization, the secularization of science is often forgotten. That is the case because the greater number of Christians who have enjoyed a scientific education lack a clear idea of the connection between scientific thought and religion. The claim is repeatedly made that by its very nature non-theological science must be altogether free of personal belief, because its objectivity would be imperiled the moment it was bound to any presuppositions originating in faith. This idea has been accepted without weighing its consequences and without asking whether it is justified from either a biblical or a critical, scientific point of view.