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§ 60.


[Div. Ill

on the part of God, by way of accommodation to the sinner, would have worked nothing in man bej'ond the sense of the presence of a terrible power that makes him tremble faith would have turned into unfaith toward God, and would have attached itself to an antipathetic or sympathetic creature; and the logical activity would have sought an explanation of that perception, but would never have There would have been no achieved any knowledge of God. Theology; and nothing could have been done on the part This light of the sinner to create light in this darkness. from the side of God. could only come This implies, as the facts of history show, that there was revelation


in fact a modification introduced in the original plan of reve-

lation and of the construction from this revelation of a knowledge of God. It was changed, but not by the addition This would have worked of something new and foreign. magically; it would have stood mechanically by the side of man, and would have been incapable of assimilation. That which is to be knowable to man and is to be known by man must correspond to the disposition of human nature. That which does not approach us in a human perceptible form has no existence for us, and that which is not adjusted to our subjective logos can never become the content of our knowlHence revelation to the sinner must continue to exedge. hibit that same type to which man is adjusted in his creation. This first, and in the second place there must occur such a

modification in revelation as will


modification which took place in man.

change worked in

man by


correspond to the

The nature

sin governs the change

of the

which must

This also affords no room for arbitraThe fundamental type remains what it is revelation, and modification in this type must

follow in revelation. riness or


in original

entirely agree with the modification occasioned

b}^ sin.

In the

third place, it must not be lost from view that immediate restraint of the deadly operation of sin was necessary, in order that such a modified revelation might still be of use. If sin had once worked its absolute effect, tliere could be no more All they who have once rehelp against it by revelation.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

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Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 302

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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