Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 138

Bron: Abraham Kuyper Collection
Datum: zaterdag 1 januari 1898
Auteur: Abraham Kuyper
Pagina: 138

114 intellectual

domain and


[Div. II

in the building-up of

Ignorance wrought by sin the


§ 44.




the most difficult obstacle in

of all true science. § 44.


In a preceding section reference has already been



the grave significance to scientific investigation of the con-

ception which one forms of "truth."

now be

This significance can

considered more closely in relation to the fact of

It will not

do to say that seeking after truth

clusively against the possibility of mistake. faith has




directed ex-

He who



a mistake, has been inaccurate but not untrue.

merely a milder expression for the lie, and the search after truth has no other end in view than escape from



the fatal power of what Christ called the




This does not imply that " the mistake " does not stand The former section tried to prove the equally related to sin. contrary. But if the unconscious mistake stands in causal relation to sin, this relation is entirely different from what it

with the lie. The Holy Scripture teaches us to recognize an unholy principle in the lie, from which a caricature (Zerrbild) of all things is born, and the fatherhood of this In John viii. 44, we lie is pointed out to us in Satan. read "The devil speaketh a lie for he is a liar and the father thereof." This theological explanation need not detain us now, but it cannot be denied that a false representation of the real has made its way into almost every department of life that with a closer investigation these several false representations appear to stand in an organic relation and that a hidden impelling power is at work within this entire domain of the false and the untrue, which arouses our righteous indignation and bears a sinful character for our consciousness. The form of this spuriousness is not constant. It often happens that certain general ideas govern public opinion for a long time and then become discredited that they maintain themselves a little longer with the less educated masses and finally pass away altogether, so that he who still holds them is out of date. But with this shedding of its skin the