Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Organic Structure of the Reformed Experimental Garden


On the coherence of developments in reformed theology at the Theological University in Kampen today:
'At first sight the 'createdness and ethics' of Hans Schaeffer, the political theology of Ad de Bruijne and the study on 'being in Christ' by Hans Burger seem to have little in common. But a closer look reveals a connection. All three renew their own Neo-Calvinist tradition, but in a movement away from the world, and towards the church. Who wants to maintain marriage and appeals to creation or wants to practice Christian politics, needs to realize first that he/she is citizen of the Kingdom of God. And our life consists in piecework. But in Christ we are already more than conquerors.'
The article by Koert van Bekkum (interviewed in dutch on same topic here) might also be interesting for the American heirs of the thought of Geerhardus Vos and his emphasis on Pauline eschatology:
'Believers in a church community are thus more than a group. They are also pilgrims on their way to a better country. But, Dekker will replicate 'that kite hardly flies' for kuyperianens. They are so eager to be respected in society, it's perfectly natural that secularization strikes. That is partly true. The sociological application of the secularisation thesis analysis works so well here, while it's consistent with a large number of kuyperians. Add to that the postwar emphasis on 'reconstruction', 'innovation' and 'progress', and it is understandable why, in the second half of the twentieth century, in many church-circles the vertical eschatological dimension of faith was pushed away'
And for the Abraham Kuyper 'disciples':
'Kuyper, the strategist par excellence, saw the Reformed Christians indeed as the core of the nation. But at the same time he was deeply convinced of the reality that a Christian ultimately is a stranger in a world dominated by unbelief. His aim is thus not just a power grab'
The organic structurisation of the New Jerusalem (psalm 87) remains an extremely interesting phenomenon and you will only see it if you get it

UPDATE:
 
To get an even better idea of the structure of this experimental garden pastor van der Schee proposes four distinctive traits that defined the school the first half of the 20th century.

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