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The Legacy Of Abraham Kuyper And Its Impact On The Theology And Eccle Sial Identity Of The URCSA: A Church Historical Overview

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To comment on Ernst Conradie's reflections on Abraham Kuyper's legacy for contemporary ecotheology is both difficult and challenging. What is encouraging is the very tentative style of these essays and the intensive and ongoing engagement with the theology of Karl Barth. This chapter responds to these essays with a theology informed by Karl Barth, yet not captured by his theology. The relation between creation and redemption is of key importance. It tries to describe three parts of the complex cluster of problems labelled "natural theology." It suggests that any further move will have to rest on the foundation of some of his crucial insights. The theological problem behind this ambiguity is an insufficiently developed notion of sin. To say goodbye to natural theology means to be relieved of the burden of a seesaw model and the unpleasant task of theological paternalism.

Keywords:Abraham Kuyper; contemporary ecotheology; Ernst Conradie; Karl Barth; natural theology; redemption



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