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instruction (^sacra

doctrina, institutio),



and The-

of God (notitia Dei), was not trivial; but tended to interpret the conception of Theology



as knowledge

is more precisely and ectypa. And this must be maintained. The field of knowledge disclosed to us in Theology cannot logically be coordinated with the other fields that are investigated by our understanding. As soon as this is done, Theology is already robbed of its peculiar character, and cannot be interpreted except as a part of metaphysics, or as a science whose object of investigation is the empirical phenomenon of religion, or, more If, on the other hand, precisely, the Christian religion. Theology is a knowledge which, instead of dealing with created things, illumines our minds with respect to the Creator, and the "origin and end of all things," it follows that this knowledge must be of a different nature, and must come to us in another way. The iiormae tha,t are valid for our knowledge elsewhere have no use here; the way of knowledge must here be another one, and the character itself As of this knowledge must differ from all other science. within the boundaries of the finite you must follow a different way to knowledge for the spiritual than for the natural sciences, the way to the knowledge of that which transcends the finite and lies beyond its boundary cannot coincide with Hence we have no warthe Erkenntnisstheorie of the finite. rant for making a logical division and saying Science investigates nature, man, and God, and the science which does the

theologically/, as this

theological conception

analyzed into the theologia archetypa


Theology, simply because the coordination of nature, He who views these three as cois false. ordinates, starts out logically from the denial of God as God. latter is

God and man

This was entirely correctly perceived by the Greek Fathers, and in the steps of Augustine by the Western Fathers, in consequence of which, even though without sufficient clearness of insight, they refused to place Theology in line with the other -logics or -nomies, and demanded a theological The force of interpretation of the conception of Theology. this theological interpretation was still felt in the second

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 263

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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