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Abraham Kuyper And F. J. M. Potgieter—Some Swedish-Lutheran Perspectives

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Ernst Conradie provides a contribution to ecotheology by investigating the relationship between creation and salvation from a Kuyperian perspective. This chapter concentrates on Conradie's argument, but also discusses Kuyper's theology. Then, it pays some attention to Van Ruler's theology, because his way of thinking is more in line with Conradie's intentions and, in comparison to Kuyper's theology, it offers more possibilities for ecotheology. The distinction between general and special revelation in Bavinck's theology is complicated. Bavinck distinguishes between general and special revelation, between natural and supernatural revelation, between mediate and immediate revelation, and between external and internal revelation. Kuyper's theology sometimes bears a highly speculative character. The first concept, theologia archetypa, expresses the idea that knowledge of God in an absolute sense exists only as God's self-knowledge. The second, theologia ectypa, expresses the idea that human knowledge of God is always "dependent upon" or an "imprint" of that archetype.

Keywords:creation; ecotheology; Kuyper's theology; revelation; salvation; Van Ruler's theology



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