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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Friday, 16 January 2015

English translation of Dooyeweerd's biography soon to appear

Paideia Press are in the process of translating the biography of Herman Dooyeweerd, by his son-in-law Marcel E. Verburg, Herman Dooyeweerd: leven en werk van een Nederlands christen-wijsgeer (Ten Have, Netherlands Baarn/Passage, 1989).

 Here's the proposed contents:


Author’s Preface   – xii
Acknowledgments   – xiii
Translators Note   – xviii
Abbreviations   – xix

Chapter One – Youth, 1894–1922   – 1 
School days 4 Woltjer 4
Law study 5
Earliest writings 7 
Neo-mysticism and Frederik van Eeden 9
Wagnerianism 11 
Dramatic arts 12 Philosophy 13
Completion of doctoral 
studies 15 Reviews of dissertation 17
 Dooyeweerd as a civil 
servant 18
 First public speech 20
Immanent criticism 22 
Critical realism 24
 Dooyeweerd comments on his own development 31

Chapter Two – At The Kuyper Foundation, 1922-1926   – 37 
Roman Catholic and Anti-Revolutionary Politics 44
Cosmos and Logos 48 
Thinking, meaning-giving and meaning 53
The modal 
categories of logical thought 54 The transition to cosmology 57
New white papers 60
The law 61 The law-idea (Wetsidee) 61 
Sphere-sovereignty 64 Further white papers 67
The monthly 
Nederland en Oranje 67
The Association of Calvinist Jurists 69 
Antirevolutionaire Staatkunde 71 Co-determination, or industrial democracy 75
Antirevolutionaire Staatkunde undergoes a change 77 
Calvinism contra neo-Kantianism 79
81 Dependence on Nicolai Hartmann? 82

Chapter Three – The Early Years as Professor, 1926-1931   – 87 
Filling the vacancy 87
Vollenhoven 91
 Differences between 
Dooyeweerd and Vollenhoven 95
Congratulations from Kohnstamm 97
The appointemnt made official 97
Advisory status 98 
Inaugural oration 99
Augustine, Thomas, Luther 103 
The universal law-idea of Calvinism 103
Sovereignty of the law-spheres 104
The law-idea in the science and philosophy of law 106 
Conclusion of the inaugural 107
 Reactions to the 
inaugural 109
Teaching courses in the Law Faculty 110 
vii First lecture 111
The Geelkerken Affair 115
Synthesis 117 
Family circumstances 119
Subject-functions and object- functions 120 
Criticism of the conceptual apparatus 122 
A debate with Leo Polak 123
Dooyeweerd’s answer 125 
An anthropological note 129
The professors’ scholarly contributions 131
Cosmic time 131
 Legal principles and the historical law-sphere 133 
Thing structures 136 
Law-spheres 136
The institution of marriage 137
criticism 137
Co-determination in Amsterdam 139
State intervention 140 
The Annals of Critical Philosophy 143 
Sphere-universality 144
 The idea of a “Great Netherlands 
Culture” 145
Rehabilitation 147
Toward a magnum opus 150

Chapter Four – Carrying On As Professor, 1931-1934   – 153 
The Law Faculty 153
The Crisis in Humanist Political Theory 153 
Reviews 160 The meaning of history 164
 Dooyweerd’s rectorship 166
The sources of positive law 171 
Germany and the New Order 174
Organic suffrage 175 
The congress of the 
Calvinist Student Movement 179
The Second International 
Congress of Calvinists 179

Chapter Five – De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee (1935-36)   –185 
The Preface 186
Volume One 188
The selfhood 188
Parts II and III of Volume One 190 
Volume Two 196
Volume Three 200 
Enkaptic structural interlacements 205
Conclusions 207 
Reviews 209
Professor Bellon 210
Professor Robbers 210 
Dr. Goedewaagen 212
 Professor Franken 212 Personal 
reactions 213 Professor Stoker 215
 The Association for Calvinist Philosophy 216 
Periodical publications 219 
International congress on penal law 220
Jewish Jurists 221 
Fascism 222
Christian employers 223
The Christian Idea of The State 224

Chapter Six – Disputes At The Free University   – 229 
Prelude 230
The first brochure
231 Reactions in the press 234 
The second brochure 235
The Board of Curators acts 236 
Professor Hepp’s interview with Curators 237
first memorandum 248
 Professor Hepp’s memorandum 242 
Dooyeweerd’s second memorandum 248
The Curators 
deliberate further 255
 Dooyeweerd’s theses 256
Hepp’s theses 257

Chapter Seven – Clarifying The Course, 1937-1939   – 261 
The Kuyper centenary 261
What the Philosophy of the Law-Idea 
owed Dr. Kuyper 263
The heart 265 Kuyper’s philosophy of science 266 
An improvisation about the concept of substance 270 
viii The presuppositions of theoretical thought 272
The transcendental critique of theoretical thought 274 
Dissemination of 
the Philosophy of the Law-Idea 278
Other publications 280 
Addresses 283
Switzerland 284
Juliana Hospital 287 
Family life 289

Chapter Eight – Wartime Occupation, 1940-1945   – 293 
The Law Faculty 293 The transcendental critique 295
 The four 
religious ground-themes 297 The meaning of marriage 299 
The new “Question and Answer” column 301
Reformation and Scholasticism 305
 Maurice Hauriou 309 
Thomism 310 
Interruption of instruction 313
The syllabi on Encyclopedia of the Science of Law 314 
The syllabus on Private and Public Law 318
 Encyclopedia of the Science of Law 319 
The Schilder Affair 319
Disagreements at the Free University 323 
The transcendental critique in action: Ovink and Pos 324 
Guidelines for industrial organization 328
The Dooyeweerd family 333

Chapter Nine – Renewal and Reflection, 1945-1950   – 337 
A new Netherlands 337
Further exposition of the transcendental critique 343 
Dooyeweerd and Robbers 344
The Schilder Affair and the Association for Calvinist Philosophy 354 
Professor B. Holwerda 349 Rev. E. G. van Teylingen 351 
The debate 352
Addresses to the Association for Calvinistic Philosophy 354 
Other addresses and publications 356 
The Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences 357
The question of the Dutch East Indies 358
Reformation and Scholasticism in Philosophy, Volume One 360 
The passing of Harry Diemer 363 
Private chairs for Calvinist Philosophy 364

Chapter Ten – Further Elaborations, 1950-1958   – 367 
A visit to South Africa 369 Highlights of the years 370 
Twenty-five years as professor 370
Professor Kohnstamm 372 
Professor Miskotte 374
Reformed critics: Isaac Diepenhorst and Dirk Jellema 375 
Scholarly attention from Roman Catholics 378 
Journeys to France 380
Publications in the field law 382
 A New Critique of Theoretical Thought 389 
Volume One of A New Critique 391
 Volume Two of A New Critique 393
Volume Three of A New Critique 394 
The status of A New Critique 396
Contributions to reference works 397 
Journeys to other countries 399
The Association for the 
Philosophy of Law 401 ix 

Chapter Eleven – Recognition, Reflection, Dialogue, 
1959-1964   – 407 
Creation and evolution 407
What is Christian philosophy? In 
dialogue with van Peursen 418
Van Peursen answers Dooyeweerd 426 
Dooyeweerd’s unfinished response 426 
The future of Western culture 432
The autonomy of philosophic thought 432
Philosophical anthropology 435 Taking stock 440 
Policies regarding government subsidies 444
Chapter Twelve – At Journey’s End 449 
Emeritation 450
Philosophy and Christianity 453
Other publications occasioned by Dooyeweerd’s retirement 455
 A brief return to the Free University 457 
Commemorating his teacher 457 
Penal law 458
An honorary doctorate 459 
Later publications and discussions 459
In discussion with Cornelius Van Til 461 
Other critics in the United States 464 
Further publications 466

Chapter Thirteen – Conclusions   – 475

Appendix – Opening Lecture, Fall 1926   – 485
List of Sources   – 499
Index of Names   – 517
Index of Subjects   – 525

Vollenhoven Foundation Website

The Vollenhoven Foundation has a webiste: 

On it there is information about Rob Nijhof's recently defended PhD thesis on "The logos philosophy Jan Woltjer" and an English translation by Harry van Dyke of a memoriam to Tony Tol.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Kuyperania December 2014

As previously mentioned:The second and third parts of Kuyper's Common Grace have now been translated and published by Christian's Library Press:


Part 2 details here    Part 3 details here

John Halsey Wood Jr reviews James Bratt's Abraham Kuyper biography.

Hunter Baker reviews the recently translated Scholarship.

Kuyper's 'Liberalists and Jews' from 1878 has been translated by Dr. Jann Schlebusch and is available on line here.

Grönum, N.J. and Janse van Rensburg, F., 2014, ‘Abraham Kuyper's Christian science and empirical science – different yet similar: An investigation into epistemological structures ’, In die Skriflig 48(1), Art. #1786, 8 pages. Online here.
Abstract. Abraham Kuyper wanted his fellow countrymen to accept biblically informed academic output as scientific and therefore authoritative. If Kuyper's plans were to come to fruition, he would have to state the case for a Christian science in a way that made sense to an audience enamoured with empirical science. Kuyper did this when he adopted foundationalism as epistemological thought structure, just like empirical scientists did. He did also differ from empirical science in the sense that he took faith as the foundation for his epistemological thought structure. Although Kuyper's choice for faith as foundation gave him the opportunity to introduce the Bible to scientific endeavour, his acceptance of foundationalism resulted in him dehumanising knowledge the same way empiricist scientist's did.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Kuyperania - A Christmas meditation by Abraham Kuyper

Jordan Ballor over at the Calvinist International has posted one of Kuyper's Christmas meditations from Honey from the Rock (Honig uit de Rotssteen), vol. 2, no. 1 - it is a newly translated piece by James DeJong.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014)

Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014)

Elaine Storkey has written a warm tribute to Sir Fred Catherwood who died on 30 November: "Sir Henry Frederick Ross Catherwood (1925-2014): A Tribute"

There was also an obituary in The Guardian by Stephen Bates.

Catherwood was an evangelical who saw, and worked on the principle, that Christian ministry extends beyond the church walls.

As Storkey puts it:
The integration of Fred Catherwood’s Christian faith with his economic and political work was communicated very publicly in two books written during this period: The Christian in Industrial Society, (1964) where he grounds his views on liberty and freedom at work in biblical principles, and The Christian Citizen (1969). He shows himself to be a passionate supporter of democracy. Whilst not blind to its limitations, or to the vulnerability of a minority within it, he sees democracy as ‘…the only form of government which a Christian can accept as his ideal…’ For him, democracy is the fruit of a seed planted in Reformation thinking.

Jeremy Ive on Christian Peacebuilding in South Africa and the Newick Park Initiative

Jeremy's Cambridge paper on it is here.

The Newick Park Initiative (NPI) in South Africa was a Christian initiative which helped to build the trust and a shared national vision across the political spectrum in the years around the release of Nelson Mandela in early 1990. It also prepared the ground for the mediation of Professor Washington Okumu in 1994 which made possible the peaceful conduct of the first fully non-racial elections of that year. The relational principles governing NPI are a guide for Christian peacebuilding at a national level, applicable in other contexts as well.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Kuyperania November 2014

There is a review of Bratt's biography: Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat in
Ward, Rowland S. Abraham Kuyper: Modern calvinist, Christian democrat [Book Review] [online]. Reformed Theological Review, The, Vol. 73, No. 2, Aug 2014: 136-138. Availability: ISSN: 0034-3072. [cited 05 Nov 14].

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Interview with Al Wolters

Al Wolters is interviewed after his lectures titled 'Worldviews in the Bible' at Vancouver Institute for Evangelical Worldview.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Kuyper's Common Grace Volume 1 now completed

The second and third parts of Kuyper's Common Grace have now been translated and published by Christian's Library Press:


Part 2 details here    Part 3 details here