Thursday, April 4, 2013

Archetypal & Ectypal Theology

NewGeneva quoted R. Scott Clark yesterday:

Reformed theologians called theology as God does it archetypal, and theology as it comes to us ectypal theology ~
Klaas Schilde in his commentary on Heidelberg Catechism sunday 6 writes about this 'typical' thinking:
'There was a time, some still follow this line of thinking today, that people loved talking about "archetypal" and "ectypical" theology. "Archetypal", i.e. was what the Lord God himself thought. His knowledge of himself was called, so to speak, the "model", to which our knowledge of God, our "theology" was formed; therefore the latter was called "ectypical" ,ie 'portraying'. The archetype was comparable to a punch, the imprint of the punch to the ectype.

We hold multiple objections against this representation, which we will not mention here.'
Rob Edwards wrote march 14:
In honor of Geerhardus Vos' b'day read his excellent sermon portraying ministry in the context of redemptive history:
This sermon, 'The More Excellent Ministry', by Geerhardus Vos illustrates and underlines Klaas Schilder's  objections:
'There is a straightforwardness, a simplicity in preaching, which is proportionate to the preacher's own faith in the absoluteness and inherent truthfulness of his message. No shallow optimism about the adjustableness of Christianity to ever changing conditions, about its self-rejuvenating power after apparent decline, can possibly make up for a lack of this fundamental conviction. Unless we are convinced with Paul that Christianity has a definable and well-defined message to bring, and are able to tell wherein it consists, all our talk about its vitality or adaptability will neither comfort ourselves nor deceive others. A thing is not immortal because it is long-lived and dies hard. Only when through all changes of time it preserves unaltered its essence and source of power, can it be considered worthwhile as a medicine for the sickness of the world. Something that needs the constant use of cosmetics to keep up the appearance of youth is a caricature of the Christianity of the New Testament. Its case is worse than it imagines: it has not merely passed its youth, but is in danger of losing its very life.'

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