Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Discovering Seakle Greydanus

The theologian that likely best understood the strengths and weaknesses of both Presbyterian teachings in America and those of Reformed in the Netherlands is Seakle Greydanus.  In a previous post on this same topic I claimed:
'However, showing how the Biblical theology of William Henry Green and Geerhardus Vos is built on Thomas Reid's Common Sense Philosophy could be very helpful.'
I no longer think this is the correct way of looking at the link between Thomas Reid and Old Princeton. My new understanding is that Witherspoon used Hutcheson and Reid's work  and that biblical theology might be the glue that keeps together Edwards idealism and Witherspoon's realism. Biblical theology, as aimed for at Princeton, and redemptive-historical preaching, as aimed for by Dutch Reformed during the thirties, rejects antropocentrism but at the same time enforces the perspicuitas of Scripture.

Understanding how Seakle Greydanus integrated Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed theology helps us put Klaas Schilder and Herman Dooyeweerd's philosophy in perspective.

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