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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.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A 'family tree' of Calvinistic philosophy

A 'family tree' of Calvinistic philosophy taken from
Bas Hengstmengel 2011. Herman Dooyeweerd & Alvin Plantinga: Philosophy and Rationality in the Reformed Tradition. Thesis. Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Byron G. Curtis said...

You've omitted the 19th century "Gentlemen Theologians" of the Presbyterian South: James Henley Thornwell and Robert Lewis Dabney, and their spiritual grandchildren in advocacy of the "Spirituality of the Church," a doctrine that often today vies against Kuyperianism.

And have you represented the "Two Kingdom" political philosophy now advocated by David Van Drunen, Michael Horton, and (often) Westminster Seminary California, and once advocated by many 19th century Scots Presbyterians?

What about South African Kuyperianism, as manifested in Dutch-Reformed Afrikaaner Apartheid, and in its Black-resistance mode by folk such as (the later wavering) Allan Boesak?

Steve Bishop said...

Hi Byron

Thanks for your comments. The diagram was prepared by Bas Hengstmengel so I can take no credit for it.
The diagram was originally part of Hengstmengel's thesis and he only included those he discussed in his thesis, which explains most of the inclusions and exclusions.

Obviously to keep the diagram readable many connections have been omitted. You are right Dabney and Thornwell are not included neither have the 2K group - but then these are more theologians than philosophers. H G Stoker - a SA neo-Calvinist - should probably have been mentioned and a connection made between Wolterstorff and Reid.



Igor Campos said...


I'm a brazilian reader of your blog and I intend to research in my master's degree about some unfoldings of the philosophy of the cosmonomic idea for linguistics. Are there other names (linguists) to insert into the diagram (among those influenced by Herman Dooyeweerd)?

Best regards


Steve Bishop said...

Hi Igor

You might want to check out this list:

Albert Weideman and Pieter Verburg are two key Reformational philosophers of linguistics;jsessionid=978837D2B412C79179E3C0F1D776920B?sequence=1

Hope that helps