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Chap.

OF THEOLOGY

1]

251

God. Even though for the moment we do not reckon with the darkening of sin, all that is called "natural revelation" would not impart to us the least knowledge of God, if it were not willed by God, and as such make an intentional revelation, i.e. a disclosure in part of His Divine Suppose that on the fixed stars there lived a mystery. race of beings, of an entirel}' different type from what we the simple report of what they had have ever known done would never advance our knowledge of them, as long as the idea, not to say every conception, of their kind of being were wanting. From the nature of the case this is much more forceful with reference to the knowledge of God, and the contemplation of visible things would avail us abas

;

if the sense that there is a God, and of were not imparted to us in an entirely differ-

solutely nothing,

what

God

a

is,

ent way.

we speak of a dependent character for Theolan absolute stranger falls into the hands of which is no infrequent occurrence anywhere, and

In this sense

When

ogy.

the police,

steadfastly refuses to utter a single syllable, the police face

an enigma which they cannot solve. They are entirely dependent upon the will of that stranger either to reveal or not to reveal knowledge of himself. And this is true in an absolute sense of the Theologian over against his God. He cannot investigate God. There is nothing to analyze. There are no phenomena from which to draw conclusions. Only

when

that wondrous

thus the Theologian

is

God

will speak, can he listen.

And

upon the pleasimpart knowledge of

absolutely dejje^ident

ure of God, either to impart or not to Himself. Even verification is here absolutely excluded.

When

a

man

verify this,

reveals something of himself to me, I can

and

if

necessary pass criticism upon

it.

when

the Theologian stands in the presence of God, and

gives

him some explanation

of

His existence as God, every

idea of testing this self-communication of else is

absurd

;

God by

something-

hence, in the absence of such a touchstone,

there can be no verification, and consequently no criticism.

But

God

This dependent character, therefore,

is

room for not some-

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 275

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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